Trump's narcissism has taken a new twist. And now he has American blood on his hands
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Fri 27 Mar 2020 13.16 EDT
Pity the people of America. They do battle now with one of the greatest challenges in their history, led by a man who is not only among the worst ever occupants of the White House but whose character makes him the last person on the face of the Earth you would nominate to be in charge at this moment. On Thursday the US reached the top of the global league table for coronavirus infections, edging ahead of its closest rival for that honour, China. No law of nature dictated that outcome. Much of it is directly attributable to one dreadful fact: that Donald Trump is president of the United States.
It’s become a commonplace to note Trump’s lack of basic human empathy, his tendency to be unmoved by others’ loss. But that gap in his mindset matters now far beyond an inability to offer consolation to the bereaved: it is warping his approach to a lethal disease.
“WE CANNOT LET THE CURE BE WORSE THAN THE PROBLEM ITSELF,” he tweeted in caps lock at the start of the week, shortly after Steve Hilton, one-time adviser to David Cameron, had made that same argument on his Fox News show. (If you look up the word “chutzpah” in the dictionary, it now directs you to a clip of Hilton warning on that same broadcast that austerity policies in the UK caused an extra 130,000 deaths – failing to mention that he was at the right hand of the prime minister who imposed that austerity.)
Trump and his outriders contend that, while mass death is not ideal, it’s better than allowing the US economy to stall. Some, like Texas lieutenant governor Dan Patrick, are explicit, urging the elderly to risk their lives so that their grandchildren might enjoy the fruits of uninterrupted American capitalism. “If that’s the exchange, I’m all in,” Patrick said. He was taking his cue from Trump who, while not putting it quite as baldly, has been quite clear. If coronavirus is a stick-up artist asking America, “Your money or your life”, Trump’s response has been: “Take the lives of the old and the weak: I want the money.”
March 28, 2020 at 6:57 PM #294108salemcourtParticipant
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What nonsense. You think Clinton or Biden ould have done better!
March 28, 2020 at 7:38 PM #294116Ohio BarbarianModerator
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@salemcourt You know I’m no Hillary fan. Assuming Hillary didn’t get us into a nuclear exchange with Russia, which seemed quite likely in 2016 with her pledge to impose a no-fly zone on Syria, she nonetheless would not have disbanded the pandemic task force and would have done something sooner.
Why? She was more likely to listen to medical professionals who know WTF they are talking about. Not that any of this speculation matters now to the tens of millions who are staring destitution, eviction, and repossession in the face.
It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs
You can jail a revolutionary, but you can't jail the revolution.--Fred Hampton
March 28, 2020 at 11:31 PM #294221
March 29, 2020 at 12:38 AM #294263bazukhovParticipant
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He’s just following one of his inspirational predecessors:
The business of America is business. Calvin Coolidge
Tell me, great captain, how do the angels sleep when the devil leaves his porch light on? Tom Waites
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