Donald Trump, who has shifted from self-proclaimed "wartime president" to "cheerleader-in-chief" wants to open up the US economy in May, which is nuts.
The president promises that once the economy booms, Americans will soon forget the "horror of the invisible enemy."
They will forget the hardship of losing 16.7M jobs over 21 days and the hunger suffered by many.
Graciously, Trump does make an accommodation for "those that sadly lost a family member or friend," according to his April 8 tweet.
In Trump's self-absorbed view of the world, people who mourn the 16K Americans who lost their lives to COVID-19 will soon thank their lucky stars that he recklessly re-started the economy.
The New York Times reported today that the Depts. of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services warned that coronavirus infections will dramatically spike this summer, if the government lets up on social distancing and stay-at-home orders.
If Trump opens the economy prematurely, the death toll from the virus is projected to reach 200K this summer, according to the federal researchers.
America's two COVID-19 crisis superstars have warned Trump that this is no time for a cheerleader at the national helm.
Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said US deaths could balloon well above 60,000 if social distancing policies are upended before the end of May.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo warns of a resurgence in COVID-19 cases if restrictions are lifted.
'If we're not expecting a second wave or a mutation of this virus, then we have learned nothing,” Cuomo told MSNBC on April 10.
The president though is desperate. He realizes reigniting the economy is his only chance at re-election. Damn the healthcare disaster, full speed ahead.
As May approaches, you can bet that Trump will depict federal researchers and Fauci as charter members of the "deep state" out to torpedo his re-election bid.
The cheerleader-in-chief will revert to his true form as victim-in-chief.
Here's a modest proposal for Trump: Postpone the grand opening of the economy until June 14. It would be the perfect 74th birthday gift for you.
The president should proclaim June 14 a national day of celebration.
He could preside over a proper parade down Pennsylvania Ave. with Ivanka, Jared, Don Jr and Eric in the lead float, and ring the opening bell on the New York Stock Exchange.
As for the rest of America, we are on our own.
We amount to nothing more than lemmings jumping off the cliff and into the COVID-19 abyss, so the president can bask in the accolades tossed at him by his most rabid supporters.