I first saw Trump as something of a clown when he started to run for office, but was thankful he knocked out both the Clinton and Bush families from power and hoped he would actually reign in our absurd foreign policy. He really hasn't and has become nothing more than Paul Ryan in a clown suit. (Although the Russiagate thing was an obvious hoax, so I definitely defended him on that.
But now we're facing a serious pandemic and Trump's clownishness is winning out. It's not just the gaffes regarding the disease (Anthony Fauci consistently corrects him) . It's not just the train wreck regarding getting coronavirus test kits out (which was the CDC's fault, but the buck still stops with Trump) or the disbandment of the NSC global-health unit (a decision made by death-loving, warmongering neocon John Bolton and then signed off on by Trump), it's the absurd pettiness.
Yes, Trump did the right thing by restricting travel to China in January (although he should have done it sooner and harder) and Biden and other Democrats are being ridiculous by criticizing travel bans to places like Europe, but Trump was obviously caught flat footed. I'll wait to see if reports that he intentionally stopped preparation in fear of spooking the market as there have been so many false stories about Trump. But Trump also lies a lot and this fits with how he's behaved and his absurd obsession with the stock market.
But his pettiness at this point is all but beyond the pale to me.
Did Biden and Obama do a good job with H1N1? Probably not. Does it matter? No. Does H1N1 compare with the risk of coronavirus? Almost certainly not.
Then there's Trump's speech announcing a National Emergency, where there was this nugget,
I want to thank Google. Google is helping to develop a website. It’s going to be very quickly done, unlike websites of the past,
Forget the question about whether this website has even started to be developed. This is an obvious shot at Healthcare.gov and really? Is this the right time?
All of his press conferences are filled with gaffes, excuses, deflection and "what about" Biden or whoever. His speeches are filled with pettiness. And it's basically impossible to lead when you're just being petty.
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