Donald Trump said today he wants the US "opened up and just raring to go by Easter" (April 12) despite warnings from health officials that it may take months to contain coronavirus.
The self-proclaimed wartime president is now going AWOL from the fight against what he refers to as the "invisible enemy" because he can't bully what he cannot see.
On the same day of Trump's dangerous magical thinking, the World Health Organization warned that it is seeing a "very large acceleration" in COVID-19 in the US. WHO spokesperson Margaret Harris told reporters that the US has the potential to become the epicenter of the pandemic.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has won kudos for his calm but tough love leadership during the crisis, said the rate of infection is now spreading more rapidly than expected in the Empire State.
He warned that the apex of the disease could very well occur around the same time that Trump is promising to open up the country. Rather than opening up, New York State may be closing up even tighter.
Cuomo said the New York State would need 140K hospital beds to house COVID-19 patients. There are currently 53K hospital beds in the state.
He chided the Trump administration for boasting about the amount of medical supplies that it dispatched to New York.
“You want a pat on the back for sending 400 ventilators,” Cuomo said. “What are we going to do with 400 ventilators when we need 30,000 ventilators? You’re missing the magnitude of the problem, and the problem is defined by the magnitude.” Trump can't see the COVID-19 forest because his is fixated on the re-election tree.
Master showman Trump resents playing second fiddle to COVID-19 so he downplays its impact.
Following up on his March 23 nonsense that the cure may be worse to the pandemic, Trump once again compared deaths from coronavirus, which hit a record 129 today, to auto accidents, which kill 37K Americans a year.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, who appears to be in Trump's doghouse for his knack of speaking truth to power, said earlier this month that the president's comparison of COVID-19 to car crashes is a "false equivalency."
Dr. Trump also distanced himself from the calls by medical experts for self-distancing to help stop the spread of COVID-19. “Somehow, the word got out that this is the thing we are supposed to be doing,” he told a Fox News town hall meeting.
Apparently unaware of self-distancing practices during the Spanish Flu outbreak of 1918, Trump said that the country had “never done a thing like this before. But we had to do it. It’s been very painful for our country and very destabilizing,”
Since Trump never admits responsibility for his actions, it's certain he will eventually deny his vow to open up the country by Easter.
Will Fox also deny its culpability in providing Trump a two-hour platform, which basically was a campaign pitch, to allow him to spread dangerous fake news about COVID-19?
Fox's audience skews to older people, who are more likely to die from COVID-19 than their children. Has it no shame for airing Trump's dangerous rants?
If Trump opens up America too soon, how many citizens of Fox Nation will die? Will Rupert and Lachlan Murdoch take responsiblity for those deaths?