…And yet Trump continues to refuse to take ANY kind of leadership responsability as President of the United States.
Before I continue, I want to repeat what everyone else has been saying for over a week now. Trump did not create the problem but he has done much to make it worse. His refrain to his base is “Lamestream Media is conspiring to to hurt my re-election” and “I don’t think (the need for ventilators) is as serious as Governors are saying it is”.
After signing the $2.2 Trillion Relief Package Friday afternoon, Trump announce he told Pence and the Corona Virus Task Force not to talk to Governors “who are not appreciative of him”. No, really. You don’t need to listen to the pundits in Corporate Media to know Trump is extremely petty and can’t handle criticism even when he knows he’s wrong.
After almost a week of disputing the needs of New York by its governor, Trump announced early Saturday afternoon he is considering Quarantining New York City as well as parts of New Jersey and Connecticuit. That’s how bad things got and as New York governor Andrew Cuomo said–by the way his younger brother Chris Cuomo works as a reporter for CNN–New York City is the epicenter of the Pandemic in the U.S. Trump announced Saturday night he’ll ask the CDC to issue a travel advisory for the NYC/NJ/CT area instead of a Quarantine.
Here’s the numbers as of tonight for the U.S.:
- Confirmed U.S. Cases: 100,000+
- U.S. Deaths: 2,000+
…That’s as of this writing. Both numbers should continue to rise in the weeks and months to come. The death count actually doubled over the last 48 hours and…yeah.
As a reminder, the world hasn’t seen the worst of it yet either. You don’t need Corporate Media to tell you that. Anyone with eyes and ears can and should be able to easily see that. Of course, most of those who will get COVID-19 WILL recover and that IS important to keep in mind. That doesn’t make it any less dangerous though. Nor is it ok to just let it run unchecked through population centers as some idiots are saying should happen.
The thing about all this that has the world baffled is how quickly COVID-19 not only spread but overwhelmed the U.S. Healthcare system. It’s easy to understand when you remember healthcare is not a right first, most Americans are unhealthy second and America 37th in Healthcare overall.
Italy is #2 and their healthcare system is on the verge of collapse. It’s so bad, hundreds are dying daily and they are forced to prioritize those who have the highest odds of surviving COVID-19. American healthcare systems are contemplating making the same decisions as we speak.
Those who do not have any underlying or pre-existing conditions have been shown to have the best odds of recovering should they get it. The severity of it varies from person to person and in fact, most who contract it–80% of all cases–do not even need to be hospitalized. All you have to do is self quarantine at home and let it run its course. Once you recover from it, you self-isolate for another week as a precaution and then you’re good.
The other 20% who require hospitalization are a combination of those like myself with prexisting conditions and respiratory problems or become seriously ill from COVID-19. Folks need to keep in mind since COVID-19 is highly contagious, Healthcare Professionals need to wear protective gear so they themselves to not get infected while treating patients. The problem is because of shortages, they’re being forced to reuse masks and other kinds of equipment because they’ve run out.
The reason for this is because of beurocracy and lack of leadership at the Federal level (Trump). Remember: In January he called COVID-19 “a hoax” to parrot those who said “it was just a new strain of the flu”. At the beginning of the month he stated in press conferences “it’s not his responsability” and has since gone on to blame Obama and past adminstrations as usual for his lack of a spine. He called it a war but refuses to lead. How ironic.
Speaking of. Trump has noticably backed off referring to it as “The Chinese Virus” this week and when someone finally asked him why in a press conference, he said he stopped using the phrase because some people didn’t like it. He claimed his Chinese counterpart didn’t ask him to stop but I’m sure that an the fact China is helping other countries has something to do with it.
Anyway. Doctors, Nurses and First Responders–Policce, Firefighters, EMTs, etc.–in the U.S. are getting COVID-19 and dying from it because they do not have proper gear to protect themselves when they make contact with people who either do or are suspected to have COVID-19. Most of these deaths were avoidable if Trump acted sooner and more decisively.
For those who don’t know, Trump disbanded the U.S.’s department that handled Pandemics 3 years ago and folded it into another department. He is now saying when asked about it “No one had any way of knowing this would have happened three years ago”. True, and that’s exactly why disbanding the department was wrong. The widespread devastation was worstened because of that decision.
A week after saying he did, Trump finally used the Defense Production Act to ramp up production of Ventilators. The CEO of Ventec recently appeared in a CNN interview in which he stated he has stated the company has started sharing information about how to build Ventilators with General Motors, which previously announced they would switch from making cars to mass producing Ventilators a few weeks ago.
The Ventec CEO announced they have started sharing the tech to make ventilators with General Motors and General Electric–as well as presumably other interested companies–and expects to have the first wave shipped out in no later than the end of June. Trump announced Monday afternoon once the demand in the U.S. falls, they will ship excess inventory to other countries that may need them.
It was later revealed one of the attendees of CPAC 2020 tested positive for COVID-19 and it’s why despite calling it a Hoax, Trump as well as Mike Pence later got tested for it. Oh, the irony.
Many Trump supporters in rural areas are noting COVID-19 is ravaging major cities in traditionally blue states (New York, California, Michigan, New Jersey, etc.). Diseases don’t know or care about man-made boarders or divisions. NO ONE is immune to this virus and you can have it without knowing it right away. THAT’S why the whole world–not just those who live in cities–is being asked to practice Social Distancing. It’s not just to protect those who are especially vulnerable but also so the healthcare system isn’t overwhelmed.
Speaking of. Healthcare experts in rural states ARE paying attention and they know it’s inevitable that they will see a surge in COVID-19 cases sooner than later. In fact they’re trying–mostly in vain–to warn folks it WILL be coming their way.
Until this past week, Trump was all in with Social Distancing. Then he suddenly announced he wants parts of the U.S. back open by Easter “out of nowhere”. The REAL reason he suddenly changed his mind is because his businesses are closed and he’s starting to feel the pinch.
While yes there are those who have been saying some parts of the U.S. that should start to reopen soon–and that does make some sense–but the problem is we haven’t seen the worst of it yet. Trump lashing out at the media almost daily for asking legit questions and accusing them of trying to hurt his relection campaign shows what a poor excuse for a leader he really is.
Microsoft Founder Bill Gates stated Thursday night on CNN there can be no Economy as long as COVID-19 is allowed to spread. Most economists agree with scientists and medical experts saying more harm than good would be done if Social Distancing guidelines start getting relaxed like Trump is looking to push for. He going against advice from everyone on this the way and that includes many of his own supporters.
Joe Biden, who has all but secured the Democratic Nomination recently joined former President Obama and Bernie Sanders in providing REAL leadership in the absence of any from the White House.
Trump truly believes his base alone will get him a second term. Whatever’s left of it come the RNC that is. His own Infectious Diseases Expert–Doctor Anthony Fauci–has had to do what Pence usually does and walk back many of Trump’s “wishful thinking” for the last few weeks. Thanks to him, Trump relented and backed off relaxing the Social Distancing policies and in fact will ramp them up soon. Finally, Trump is finding out how DEADLY serious things really are.
On that note. According to various polls, 53% of Americans approve of Trump’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis to now and he has an overall approval rating of 48% as of this week. Neither surprises me personally and more so when you remember like it or not, alot of people legit like Trump regardless of the random stuff he says daily. Yes, Trump has been lying and making up facts as usual but they should know by now he will never take personal responsability for it ever. So, they should just stop trying to make him at this point. LOL.
While I do still believe Trump will be a 1-term president, we will probably have to wait until September when COVID-19 has made its way through rural areas for a few months to find out if Trump’s people still want to give him a second term in November.
…CNN went out of their way to provoke Trump for the second day in row only this time and tried to make it sound like they did nothing wrong. LOL. I respect Wolf Blitzer for sticking up for a colleague–Jim Acosta, who had his media credentials revoked two years ago for a few weeks–but saying it’s “their job to put the president’s feet to the fire” was out of line and just reeks of arrogance. That’s the American voter’s job. Not Corporate Media’s.
I saw it coming Monday afternoon when they cut out part of the briefing because they “didn’t want to give company CEOs free advertising”. That was a mistake because these are the companies that are mass producing life-saving equipment and supplies which they spent the last 2 weeks endlessly talking about every day. The American people deserved to know which companies they are and the fact that I had to change the channel to find out let me know they’re more interested in helping Biden with his campaign than being transparent themselves.
The U.S.’s broken Healthcare system was laid bare to a LOT of Americans for the first time thanks to COVID-19 and even more will see in the coming months when it starts ravaging rural areas. No one will dare call it “a hoax” then and that’s the silver lining.
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