Hopefully, historians will mark Dec. 2 as the low point of the Trump administration. But since there are six weeks left for the Trump White House, one can only pray that the worst is behind us.
On that cursed Dec. 2 day, the US recorded a record 2,804 COVID-19 deaths and hospitalizations topped the 100K mark for the first time.
As the nation reeled from COVID-19, the master of self-pity wandered aimlessly through his alternate reality. He recorded a 46-minute lie-jammed video in which he recounted every conspiracy theory and crackpot idea (dead people voting, software glitches, ballot dumps) about why he lost the election by more than seven million voters.
Meanwhile, doctors across the nation battled a growing skepticism about the danger posed by the virus, which hampers their valiant efforts to contain the pandemic.
That doubt about COVID-19 is the crowning achievement of the president’s term in office.
Right from the beginning, he positioned COVID-19 as "fake news" and something that would mysteriously just disappear.
He cast doubt on the merits of wearing a mask, ridiculed the counsel of scientists on his coronavirus task force and participated in campaign rallies that put the lives of members of the audience at risk just to satisfy his craving for attention.
In the fact-based world of Dec. 2, Dr. Robert Redfield, head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, warned that the nation’s public health system is on the brink of collapse due to the strain of COVID-19.
“The reality is that December, January and February are going to be rough times,” he told the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation via a video link. “I actually believe they’re going to be the most difficult time in the public health history of this nation.”
In the aftermath of America disregarding the CDC recommendation to avoid travel during the Thanksgiving break, president-elect Joe Biden said: “Christmas is going to be a lot harder. I don’t want to scare anybody here, but understand the facts—we’re likely to lose another 250,000 people dead between now and January. You hear me?”
Back to Trump fantasyland, the president whined that going through the Mueller investigation was like “living in hell.” Poor Donald.
Until the widespread availability of the COVID-19 vaccine, we will all be living in hell, thanks to the botched handling of the virus and the ensuing spread of misinformation about the pandemic by the liar-in-chief.
Brad Parscale, who was dumped by Trump as campaign manager for arranging the disastrous Tulsa campaign rally that drew more flies than supporters, said the president would have won in a landslide had he displayed a little bit of empathy for Americans impacted by COVID-19 and the economic meltdown.
He should have “leaned into it instead of running away,” Parscale told Fox News’ Martha MacCallum.
Parscale said Trump lost the suburbs because of his focus on reopening the economy versus empathy for the suffering public. “I think a young family with a young child who was scared to take them back to school wanted to see an empathetic president and an empathetic Republican party,” he said.
Trump has promised if he loses the Electoral College vote on Dec. 14 he will junk his already debunked claims and oddball notions about why he lost the election. The National Review applauded the president for that in its “Trump’s disgraceful endgame” editorial.
The magazine went on to skewer Trump for his “flawed and dishonest assertions that pollute the public discourse and mislead good people who make the mistake of believing things said by the president of the US.”
The NR said “getting defeated in a national election is a blow to the ego of even the most thick-skinned politicians and inevitably engenders personal feelings of bitterness and anger.
To a notoriously thin-skinned guy like Trump, being one of the biggest losers in a presidential contest, is way beyond the pale.
The Squad squishes Obama… President Obama criticized the use of the loaded “defend the police” term during a Dec. 1 interview on Good Luck America, which aired on Snapchat.
He said: “If you believe, as I do that we should be able to reform the criminal justice system so that it’s not biased, and treats everybody fairly, I guess you can use a snappy slogan like “defund the police,” but you know you’ve lost a big audience the minute you say it. Which makes it a lot less likely that you’re actually going to get the changes that you want done.”
Members of the progressive Squad jumped all over the former president.
“We lose people in the hands of police. It’s not a slogan but a policy demand. And centering the demand for equitable investments and budgets for communities across the country gets us progress and safety,” tweeted Ilhan Omar of Minnesota.
Obama got it right. The Democrats, who were expected to pick up a couple of seats in the House, got their clocks cleaned during the last election.
Moderate Democrats, who rode the Blue Wave during the 2016, got washed ashore in 2018.
That included my Congressman Max Rose, who represents Staten Island and a sliver of Brooklyn where I live.
Rose, a combat veteran who served in Afghanistan, lost to a Staten Island assemblywoman, who claimed the Democrat was dead set on defunding the police because he participated in a Black Lives Matter protest.
Rose vehemently denied her bogus charge, saying he was at the BLM rally because he believes in equality and racial justice. That argument fell on the deaf ears of voters. Rose lost and NYC now has its single Republican Representative.
Obama said Democrats have to reject loaded terms and focus on getting things done. That’s the way for Democrats to build a bigger House majority in 2018.