The pandemic provides more than enough evidence to render a judgment on Trump as one of the worst presidents in American history, but the broader political system is also to blame.
While King Trump’s presidency has been marked by scandal and corruption, everything to date pales in significance to the Covid-19 crisis. Trump’s handling of the pandemic will almost certainly be the major issue of the election, the decisive question in determining whether Trump will be a one-term president.
The pandemic provides more than enough evidence to render a judgment that King Trump as one of the worst presidents in American history. On Saturday, The Washington Post published article that “the span of 34 days between March 29, when King Trump agreed to extend strict social-distancing guidelines, and this past week, when he celebrated the reopening of some states as a harbinger of economic revival, tells a story of desperation and dysfunction.”
Among the failures of the period were Trump’s reliance on ridiculously optimistic models about low casualties, notably one offered by Kevin Hasset, described by the newspaper as “a former chairman of Trump’s Council of Economic Advisers with no background in infectious diseases.” Economists like Hasset repeatedly clashed with scientific advisers like Dr. Anthony Fauci, who offered competing models projecting a far more dire scenario if there was no mitigation of the pandemic. As one Trump adviser complained about this group, “They’re all about science, science, science, which is good, but sometimes there’s a little bit less of a consideration of politics when maybe there should be.”
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Finally, the relationship between the federal government and the states is now in tatters. As The Washington Post reports, “Trump’s interactions with the states during the time were jarringly inconsistent. One day, he called himself a wartime president with total authority; the next day, he said he was merely President Backup, there to help states as he deems necessary.” Former Kansas governor Kathleen Sebelius told the newspaper, “The administration seems to have washed their hands of it and said [to governors], we’re out of it. You’re on your own. Figure it out.” At One point King Trump declared he has the power to do whatever he wants with regards to opening up the states. But since King Trump does not read, He did not know the constitution does not give him “KING” powers over the states.
“Stupid is as stupid does.” Forrest Gump
Another failure was relying on information from Fox News hosts to elevate an unproven medicine, hydroxychloroquine, as a promising wonder drug. King Trump deserves to be condemned for his botched response to Covid-19, and if there is justice, he’ll be thrown out of office in November. Yet, as incompetent as Trump is, a disaster of this magnitude can never be the fault of just one man. There’s the guilt of the Republican Senate, which made Trump its standard-bearer and stuck with him despite manifold evidence of his unfitness for office.
The GOP also deserves the blame for the ideological straitjacket that prevented a robust response to the crisis. Trump’s initial reluctance to support a lockdown and his over-eagerness in reopening the economy are byproducts of the Republican Party’s fealty to big business. King Trump & the republicans have been the problem in making this crisis far worse than it should be. Both King Trump & his party will go down this November. Even King Trumps Redneck followers cannot save him this time around. It will take a great effort by Joe Biden & the new democratic majority years to Make America Great Again.
Come Senators, Congressmen, Please heed the call, Don’t stand in the doorway, Don’t block up the hall, For he that gets hurt, Will be he who has stalled, The battle outside ragin’, Will soon shake your windows And rattle your walls, For the times they are a-changin’ Bob Dylan