Wednesday March 11, 2020

Trump: ‘People Are Surprised That I Understand It’

“Trump's press conference on Friday at the CDC was a Trumpian classic, heavy on braggadocio and almost entirely lacking a sense of the seriousness of the crisis. 'I like this stuff. I really get it,' Trump told reporters, his face partly hidden under a red ‘Keep America Great’ hat. ‘People are surprised that I understand it. Every one of these doctors say, ”How do you know so much about this?“ Maybe I have a natural ability. Maybe I should’ve done that instead of running for president.‘ At another point Trump compared the situation to the Ukraine shakedown. ’The [coronavirus] tests are all perfect. Like the letter was perfect. The transcription was perfect,' he said.

— from Gabriel Sherman‘s Vanity Fair piece, ”’He's Definitely Melting Down Over This': Trump, Germaphobe in Chief, Struggles to Control the Covid-19 Story“

Chickens coming home to roost. This is what we get for electing an idiot. It's amazing how quickly the virus has spread and how much damage it's done, and how little leadership there is from Trump or anyone in the GOP—who are following the idiot Trumpian line of trying to calm the markets and wind up making it all worse. I was doing some backtracking on the NY Times site and it's basiclaly a two-month old story. Here's one of the first times it was mentioned: January 8, when it was called Wuhan pneumonia, it hadn't been linked to any deaths yet, and the subhed proclaimed that it ”doesn't appear to be readily spread by humans." Again: January 8. Two months ago. Simpler times.

At least I agree with Trump's last two sentences: He does have a natural ability; and he should've done that instead of running for president. 

Posted at 03:55 PM on Wednesday March 11, 2020 in category Quote of the Day  
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