Until Monday early morning, President Trump’s many scary utterance with regard to the coronavirus was his ironical reaction to news that Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), whose spouse has multiple sclerosis and therefore remains in the high-risk classification for infection, was self-isolating due to prospective exposure to the coronavirus. “Gee, that’s regrettable,” Trump snarked about his political competitor. As bad as that was– mocking the possible life-threatening disease of others– he managed to top that with a genuinely terrible tweet:
WE CAN NOT LET THE TREATMENT BE WORSE THAN THE PROBLEM ITSELF. AT THE END OF THE 15 DAY DURATION, WE WILL DECIDE REGARDING WHICH METHOD WE WANT TO GO!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 23, 2020
The cure– social distancing– has actually been imposed to conserve thousands of lives. But in Trump’s mind, the resulting financial slowdown and bearish market from those measures are even worse than a potentially disastrous death toll. That’s the only affordable analysis of his outburst, which corresponds with reporting from the New York City Times that, “at the White House, in current days, there has actually been a growing belief that medical professionals were allowed to set policy that has actually harmed the economy, and there has been a push to discover ways to let people start going back to work.”
For Trump and lots of in his party, what matters most is money. (” Some Republican lawmakers have also pleaded with the White Home to discover ways to reboot the economy, as monetary markets continue to slide and job losses for April could be in the millions.”) To them, letting medical experts set policy to combat a pandemic is a severe mistake. “Worse” than the deaths of countless Americans, in the minds of the narcissistic president, is the opportunity that his reelection might be impaired by bad financial numbers. Does it dawn on him that thousands of dead Americans might reflect improperly on him as well?
Trump’s most current convulsion of indifference to other people comes at a time when one of those specialists, Cosmetic surgeon General Jerome M. Adams, warns that the circumstance is about to get much even worse. In a CBS interview, Adams stated: “I didn’t expect to be beginning my week with such an alarming message for America, but the numbers are going to get even worse today.” He reiterated, “Things are going to get even worse prior to they improve. And we really need everybody to understand this is serious, to lean into what they can do to flatten the curve.”
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Here we see the space between Trump’s pecuniary and political interests (which he believes depend totally on the stock exchange) and the professionals trying to get us to do things that would avoid greater loss of life. Trump’s behavior– rejecting the crisis, painting it as a risk from immigrants (when neighborhood spread is currently well in progress), continuously lying about progress being made, attacking political competitors and congratulating himself on his action (and forcing recitals of praise from consultants)– tells us that even a pandemic, in his mind, is everything about him.
With countless households facing a health crisis and millions suffering economic tragedy, Trump whines that he has actually not received enough credit for his actions (which mayors, guvs and researchers state were grossly negligent and insufficient). All the while, he stays poised to thrust his hand into the cookie jar of federal government bailout cash.
The specialists should be heeded. The guvs and mayors should be supported. Trump must be disregarded or need to delegate all considerable decision-making to somebody proficient and diligent of the human suffering unfolding prior to us. Otherwise, we remain in severe trouble.
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