President Donald Trump
Trump’s record of malfeasance and incompetence is almost too lengthy to recite.
But it began when the nation was caught flat-footed by the virus. The Trump administration failed to act for nearly three months after the first cases surfaced in Washington state.
He was blatantly putting his re-election above the health and welfare of the nation.
“CDC and my administration are doing a GREAT job of handling Coronavirus… I think that’s a problem that’s going to go away… They have studied it. They know very much. In fact, we’re very close to a vaccine,” he Tweeted in February.
Trump not only failed to launch an immediate federal response to the virus, he abruptly changed course in late March. He apparently picked up a refrain from a Fox News talking head and shifted focus to reopening the economy.
He began badgering and threatening state and local officials, and many Republican governors fell into lock-step.
Trump attacked Democratic governors for trying to contain the virus, discouraged social distancing and turned mask-wearing into a political football.
“[He] quite intentionally created an atmosphere in which loud refusal to take the measures that we know reduce the spread of infection is how you prove you’re a loyal Republican,” according to The Washington Post.
It was the beginning of a catastrophic slide that saw the virus engulf 27 states, mostly Republican-led in the Midwest and South.
Well over 24.7 million Americans have been infected and nearly 400,000 have died nationwide. Yet, the “Trump administration is trying to convince us not only that the pandemic is all but behind us, but also that its spectacularly incompetent response has been a great triumph,” The Post noted.