Saturday, March 21, 2020

The coronavirus crisis calls for a real leader — and it’s time for Trump to step aside

Mod: The following Raw Story piece was taken from a Washington Post op-ed. An idea whose time has come.

The coronavirus crisis calls for a real leader — and it’s time for Trump to step aside (Raw Story link): Writing for the Washington Post, columnist Colbert King said it is time for Donald Trump to exit the spotlight as the country deals with coronavirus pandemic that is killing Americans due to his delays and poor management of the government during the health crisis. Following yet another coronavirus task force press conference on Friday where the president took over and made it all about himself, King said it is time for Trump to — at least — retreat to shadows and let the professionals do their jobs without interference.

Noting that the president has tried to soft-sell the dangers the pandemic still might unleash by saying, “We will just get through it,” the columnist said the president still doesn’t get it despite the rocketing infection rates.

“At issue is not whether we will ‘get through’ the novel coronavirus, which causes the respiratory disease officially dubbed covid-19. Pandemics eventually play out. Though this dangerous virus is spiraling out of control today — infecting more than 250,000 people and killing more than 11,000 since December — it will not be here forever,” he wrote before adding, “What matters most at this moment is how the onslaught is being handled.

Is it being addressed head-on as a global pandemic that, above all else, must be combated? Or is the outbreak being treated as an unexpected threat to Trump’s personal political fortunes? Sadly, with all the country now has on its hands, Trump has politicized and personalized the problem.”

According to the columnist, the president has continually played down the coronavirus threat long before it was designated a pandemic — and he no longer has any credibility when he tries to reassure the public.

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“Besides spouting untruths and wild exaggerations, Trump deflects challenges to his stewardship by shifting blame — to former president Barack Obama and past administrations, to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats on the Hill, to the Federal Reserve, and to the media, which, he whines, only give him bad press,” he wrote. “Now, confronted with hard truths about the disease, his administration’s muddled response and the country’s economic collapse, Trump is trying to switch hats from belittler in chief to wartime commander. But our great war presidents had great wartime generals: Harry Truman had Dwight D. Eisenhower; Abraham Lincoln had Ulysses S. Grant. Vice President Pence, who is heading up Trump’s coronavirus task force, is no Eisenhower or Grant.”

“And Trump sure as hell is no Truman or Lincoln,” he dryly concluded.

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22 comments:

  1. MALIGNANT NARCISSISM CHECKLIST
    • persistent paranoia
    • grandiosity & aggression
    • absence of conscience
    • inability to express empathy
    • dishonesty
    • need for control
    • intolerance of opinions of others
    • lack of awareness of their behavior
    • urge for vengeance

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  2. I've been keeping track of his second grade (downgraded from fifth grade) vocabulary while I wait for the grownups to actually inform us. This morning I wanted to scream at the TV, "It's NOT about you!" Here's today's tally: never before...17, incredible 13, tremendous 9, great 10, working hard 4, and of course add unbelievable,unprecedented, big, fantastic, amazing, fake news. Then came the idiotic responses to the reporters: what do you say to people if they lose their jobs? "Well, they should keep their jobs." We want to know that if what we are hearing is happening (like getting more ventilators). "I inherited a broken system. It's been broken for decades." You said China should have been more transparent. "China is transparent and has worked hard." Huh? Of course he repeated that people are buying more than at Christmas. Then Pence said that we've just heard one inspiring story after another. Oh really! Okay, I feel better now after my mini rant.

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  3. The would leave us with Pence and based on how he flubbed the HIV crisis in Indiana, I doubt that we would be any better off.

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    1. What and miss an opportunity to espouse his self aggrandizing bullshit! No way! Mike Pence uses these daily press conferences as his chance to pucker up and plant kisses on his leaders fat ass! He must've said things like "at the President's direction", "under the President's leadership", the President has urged" etc etc etc! It's all disgusting! Liars and sycophants the only one I trust is poor Dr Faucci..

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    2. But at least it would be for only a few months...and Nothing could be as inept as the tramp.

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    3. I think the only way to remove this sick monster is the 25amendment.

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  4. Let's impeach him again for ineptitude.

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    1. How about the 25th amendment, the emoluments clause. Remember, it was put in when JFK was shot and before he died, was unable to perform as President. I would say that would be Trump today. Just watched Gavin Newsome. What a difference, as it has been every day!

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  5. Enough is enough.

    Officials and the MSM need to stop coddling and enabling this Orange Psychopath's danger to our nation and lives.
    IT IS TIME FOR THIS THING TO BE DEPOSED along with its regime.

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  6. Lou Dobbs Said Media Hyped Coronavirus. Now He’s in Quarantine.

    Dobbs appears to be taking the coronavirus threat to his own health seriously after weeks of following the Fox News line that appeared to claim the virus was an overblown “hoax” perpetrated by the media.

    Less than two weeks ago, even as he reported that the virus had infected 113,000 people in 111 countries and territories around the world, Dobbs was accusing the “national left-wing media” of “playing up fears of the coronavirus” in order to drive down the stock market.

    More recently, he had taken to echoing Trump by referring to COVID-19 as the “Wuhan virus” and lauding the president for causing a brief market increase with his national emergency declaration a week ago. On Wednesday of this week, he put up a poll on his screen that asked viewers to rate Trump’s “leadership” on the “Wuhan virus.” He gave them three options: “Superb,” “Great” or “Very good.”

    https://votebluenews.com/2020/03/21/lou-dobbs-said-media-hyped-coronavirus-now-hes-in-quarantine/

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  7. I believe we learned today that President Trump hasn't actually ordered any American manufacturer to make anything for the COVID-19 response. Asshole.

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  8. Ok all you Trumps -out you go and don’t let the door hit you where the Lord split you👍

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  9. Thank you 4:57 about Lou Dobbs. There IS some good news.

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  10. Could his death and others have been prevented or at least had serum available and docs been better prepared?
    https://www.fox5ny.com/news/glendora-man-34-dies-from-coronavirus-recently-visited-disney-world-in-florida-report

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  11. Republicans are getting better at this. The last time they held power it took them almost eight years to bring down the economy and plunge the nation into financial and social chaos.

    This time they did it in less than four.

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    1. Trump has brought and knowingly allowed plague to come to us...pandemic is just a nicer word.

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    2. They’ve pivoted from “it’s a hoax” to “just let them all die” with breakneck speed.

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  12. Trump loves having stuff named after him.

    Trump Virus seems appropriate.

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  13. @StevenBeschloss
    I hoped the day would come when the MAGA crowd grasped they’d been sold a bill of goods & turn on their adored con man. But I never hoped it would via a deadly nightmare. The tragic part is how all the hoax talk has only increased the danger for all the people Trump & Fox fooled.

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  14. Democrats will try anything including creating a Coronavirus inorder to get the President out of office.

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  15. Rod's Grill established 1957 needs take-out customers to survive past Monday March 23 (open 7 am -2 ) 447-7515.
    Located at 41 W. Huntington Drive, Arcadi,a the door stays "Open -everything sanitized " & today's special was $6.95.
    Orders ready to go in ten minutes. Plenty of rear parking off Moran--west of Santa Anita. Mercedes Pre-owned next-door.
    Online menu favorites: breakfast specialties, vegetable soup, turkey dinner, liver & onions, salads, pork chops, handmade tapioca, charbroiled burgers. I have never had a bad meal there. Let's keep it open. Owner fought off a bogus imminent domain once before. He can keep it open after Monday March 23 with a few more customers .Monday March 23 Hours are 7am -2 pm (later if customers phone or show at outside door)

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