Monday, March 23, 2020

Rolling Stone: Trump’s Coronavirus Response Will Be His Toxic Legacy

Mod: Unfortunately what we have now is the worst possible president for the job.

Trump’s Coronavirus Response Will Be His Toxic Legacy (Rolling Stone link): His handling of this pandemic is how history will remember Donald Trump. Fifty years from now historians will not spend much time on Russiagate, Robert Mueller or Dirty Dossiers and alleged pee tapes, nor will massive tax cuts for the rich or the endless petty insults and the litany of lies make much of a mark.

In a time of national crisis, the president is failing the most basic tests of leadership. He spends his time in front of the camera attacking the media, spreading disinformation and sowing racism. His response should come as no surprise. These have been the signature moves of his presidency and in normal times, these actions were bad enough, in a pandemic they are destabilizing and destructive.

Who could doubt that Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan, Barack Obama or George Bush I and II would have struck somber and fatherly tones in the crisis? They would have attempted to soothe a country in distress and ease the minds of the people — to be sure, much of this would have been bromides.

But it turns out, that’s a big part of the job. Trump has from day one completely abdicated the moral authority of the office, perhaps knowing intuitively that his moral compass was so hopelessly bent that it was pointless to try. It would be hard to underestimate the unexpected and deleterious effects this has had on the presidency. As we all isolate and seek shelter, to not have someone who is of good character at the helm only adds to the extreme anxiety, anger and coming heartbreak.

There is no moment Trump can ever rise to, he only sinks to his most base nature. The record of his mishandling and deceptions about the COVID-19 virus are clear as day and exactly like how he handles everything else — only this time the scale is so monumental and the threat so critical that it can’t be swept away by the news cycle. For more than three years we have seen him blunder and rage from one drama to the next, some serious and deadly like abandoning the Kurds in Syria, some foolish like the size of the crowd at his inauguration.

Through it all, Trump consistently displays a smallness of character, a signature brand of toxic narcissism and a nasty mean streak; his only gifts being an instinctual understanding of his supporters and a mediocre talent to work a crowd like some cheap Borscht Belt comedian. That will not be enough in the face of a pandemic.

Trump knows this is how he will be judged. That’s why he’s growing so unhinged in public. He’s going to his familiar playbook and trying all his tricks. But a virus is not something he can insult or lie his way out of. People are dying. Our economy, seemingly so strong, cratered in a mere ten days.

The virus is not Trump’s fault of course, but the dismantling of the pandemic response team at the National Security Council surely is. Ignoring the threat for months also rests on his shoulders. The nation is now on the brink, and how he handles the crisis is his test. It should be clear to all, he’s failing miserably.

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42 comments:

  1. Doctors in Russia are accusing the government of covering up its coronavirus outbreak and denying them protective equipment

    https://www.businessinsider.com/coronavirus-russia-doctors-say-government-is-covering-up-cases-2020-3

    Sound familiar?

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  2. PG&E has now pleaded guilty in the deaths for the fire their equipment set. It's now time that The Orange Faced Idiot pleads guilty for the deaths he will inevitably cause.

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  3. It may be the primary reason his legacy is toxic but certainly not the only reason.

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    1. And he thought impeachment would be his worst legacy....

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    2. and it's not only him.. even though he is the worst of 'em. I can see by next January he and his "family" will skee-dadlle to Florida to wonder what now to do for the rest of their lives after the last 4 years was full of busy nothingness in which they helped point the country toward ruin. Can you imagine Jared having a real job, or actually be hired by someone who didn't hand him a job? I hope people spit on Trump when they walk by him until the day he dies... he is that bad and deserves it. I hope his little bitches who have enabled him and kissed his ass suffer the same fate. It is just so amazing they think of themselves not as "us" but that they were chosen by the universe to lead us peons because we are not capable of doing it ourselves. I'm pissy today, "they" could have reacted to this CV situation in such a better way than they have, and I'm so pessimistic how they will respond as this thing plays out week to week. *sigh*

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    3. We hope. He said that if he murdered someone on 5th Avenue, he would not lose any votes. He was not kidding, and unfortunately, future events proved he was accurate in his assessment. In the long run, if history is not simply written by Trumpian winners, the legacy will be toxic.

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    4. trump is sick and it is killing America.

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    5. This is because he said it was all a hoax. A joke now ... look where this obese clown has put us.

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    6. 7:15 - You are so right. He said that he could murder someone on 5th Avenue and still get elected, now he has - hopefully won't get reelected, and will go directly to jail. I think I will post that on Facebook.

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  4. How come the CLOWN and Chief can't or will not tell the Republican Gov. of Fla to close the beaches in Fla. I think Trump wants to spread co-vid 19. He knows he will not be re-elected so he wants to make trouble for the next President.

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    1. Some of those idiot kids are now coming down with the virus. Newsom and/or Garcetti have got to close our beaches too, for the ding-dongs who are still going there.

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  5. Anthony Fauci reveals how Trump regularly spoils COVID-19 briefings in surprisingly blunt interview

    https://www.rawstory.com/2020/03/anthony-fauci-reveals-how-trump-regularly-spoils-covid-19-briefings-in-surprisingly-blunt-interview/

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    1. So, we will be in real trouble if Trump fires Fauci for telling the truth, and there is no one to tell Trump he can't do that.

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  6. Trump's karmic debt can now be measured against the lives of 300 million Americans.

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    1. He loves winning... at this rate with the total # of people in the USA, he will cause us to "win" by having the most people to die from the CV, and he will "win" by having the worst response when an actual response would've / could've changed the course of this history in the making.

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  7. RAND PAUL TESTS POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS DAYS AFTER HIS FATHER DISMISSED PANIC OVER THE DISEASE AS A HOAX

    Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul's father, former Texas Congressman Ron Paul, penned an article titled "The Coronavirus Hoax," just six days before his son became the first U.S. senator to test positive for COVID-19.

    "Senator Rand Paul has tested positive for COVID-19," Paul's office announced on Twitter Sunday. "He is feeling fine and is in quarantine. He is asymptomatic and was tested out of an abundance of caution due to his extensive travel and events. He was not aware of any direct contact with any infected person."

    Paul's office said that the senator "expected to be back in the Senate after his quarantine period ends and will continue to work for the people of Kentucky at this difficult time." They also noted that no staff has been in contact with Paul as his D.C. office went remote 10 days ago.

    https://www.newsweek.com/rand-pauls-father-wrote-coronavirus-hoax-article-days-before-son-tested-positive-covid-19-1493662

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  8. Why won't he make a uniform gathering ban? Oklahoma governor, Kevin Stitt says he and his family will continue to eat at restaurants. If he doesn't do a state wide shut down, he is putting other states that do have these bans. This is just one more instance where the president has to step in and take a leadership stand.

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  9. THE DR. IS THINKING, "OMG, THE THING IS NUTS!!"

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  10. A realistic observation to how this all played out, and guess who sits behind the desk with the sign "the buck stops here"? Well folks that fool is stealing all the bucks he can so he can buy his way out of the USA and into a communist country that will accept him and his criminally guilty family? https://news.yahoo.com/exclusive-u-axed-cdc-expert-202454983.html

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  11. When the times get tough the tough go on spring break and get a case of the (djt)-virus. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/coronavirus-florida-spring-break-test-positive-covid-19-college-students-not-social-distancing-university-of-tampa/

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  12. (djt) base has a plan and is was all from his fat lips. https://abcnews.go.com/US/white-supremacists-encouraging-members-spread-coronavirus-cops-jews/story?id=69737522

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  13. Oh my gosh, how can this be? https://www.huffpost.com/entry/donald-trump-companies-coronavirus-bailout_n_5e77f1e5c5b62f90bc4cdddf

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    1. The 1% is raising the drawbridges over the moats around their castles. You all are on your own.

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  14. The many reason's coughing has serious consequences, covered or uncovered video clearly shows. https://www.mirror.co.uk/science/coronavirus-shocking-video-shows-how-21738511

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    1. I just saw a man get out of his blue Civic in Taylor's parking lot and spit on the ground. Used to be just gross - now is life-threatening for the rest of us.

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  15. One can clearly see these two hardcore (djt) base members have found the cure, or they think they have? https://popculture.com/trending/2020/03/23/coronavirus-mountain-dew-kroger-couple-552-cans/

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  16. The new target to suppress the false statements being expounded by the filthy dirty fat bald man or sorts, long stretch to call him human or a man in 2020 and before.
    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2020/03/20/anti-trump-conservative-groups-ad-targets-coronavirus-messaging/2882000001/

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  17. What you all missed this past weekend, for the filth and trash spokes person from the White House in 2020.
    https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/president-donald-trump-tweetstorm-sunday-152620919.html

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  18. How to spot a bald. fat, immoral and loud mouthed phony living in the White House? https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/03/i-m-going-keep-pushing-anthony-fauci-tries-make-white-house-listen-facts-pandemic

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  19. "Fatherly Tone"? Thank God GOP like minded do not have the sexiest OG thinking of the Liberal Left!

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    1. The GOP is definitely not the sexiest.

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    2. Win a date with Moscow Mitch.

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  20. Trump feels he can ignore Dr. Fauci after hearing Jared Kushner’s ‘conspiracy theories’ about coronavirus

    https://www.rawstory.com/2020/03/trump-feels-he-can-ignore-dr-fauci-after-hearing-jared-kushners-conspiracy-theories-about-coronavirus-report/

    We are in the hands of trust fund conspiracy nuts.

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  21. Evil and ignorance is a very dangerous combination. Trump embodies both.

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  22. Did you know someone died from taking the pill he's touting and his wife is critical? This shit sounds like Jim Jones all over again.

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    1. This was the chemical (named similar to the medicine) that is used to clean bacteria from fish tanks. This individual was sadly ignorant of the difference. Cost him his life and his wife is sicken by ingesting this chemical.

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    2. Isn't that a manslaughter offense for Trump if he were a civilian? Trump the liar suggests a specific drug may cure. In a panic a couple finds a drug similar to the one Trump mentioned. The man is a fatally poisons himself and the wife now seriously ill. So sad and painfully unnecessary. How did they manage to get the supposedly equivalent/similar to the Trump mentioned without a prescription ? Trump knew it was a lie, didn't care.

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  23. Trump’s never been a leader, he’s a failure in business and a failure as a President. The daily briefing are disgraceful and clearly displayed his incompetence and stupidity. The moron acts like this is one of his stupid campaign rallies. Trump’s Coney Island shit show needs to end and the media needs to boycott the moron.

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    1. And there’s still followers !!!! Imagine the life of one of them !!

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  24. A big fat bald baby is crying someone do us the favor an shut his big fat mouth up. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/governors-clamp-down-as-trump-considers-easing-virus-plans/ar-BB11Bi1V

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  25. Do not panic, but run for the hills, since the one eyed snake wrangular is gone of his meds and is nuts. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/hoping-to-escape-coronavirus-city-dwellers-are-fleeing-to-californias-deserts-and-mountains/ar-BB11zHSz

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  26. An eye for an eye, I always say. https://news.trust.org/item/20200323225613-cmq3v

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