It should be clear to anyone — with the possible exception of the most deluded supporters of President Donald Trump — that he has completely mishandled the coronavirus pandemic and that his ineptitude will lead to even more Americans dying from the disease.
But it’s not enough to just accuse Trump of incompetence, which he has repeatedly displayed since taking office nearly four years ago. Instead, we need to take a closer look at his failure and learn the lessons that we can as we move forward.
And that’s exactly what MSNBC host Rachel Maddow did Wednesday evening on her show, noting that the uneven response across the nation when it comes to some governors — i.e Ron DeSantis in Florida and Brian Kemp in Georgia — not imposing shelter in place orders for their states until April 1 is emblematic of a much larger failure that emanates from the Trump administration:
“But without a national policy for what we are supposed to do to head off those rising numbers, that kind of patchwork is what you get. Maybe the governors don’t have stay-at-home orders, or maybe they did not watch the ‘Today’ show, there was a stay-at-home order? Which some says never the less to interpret as our federal government’s new policies. It is insane at this point. It is insane at this point.”
Trump himself could have insisted over a month ago that every state impose such a stay-at-home policy. But he didn’t, and the blame for that lies solely on him, as Maddow noted:
“You look at the other countries in the world that have an outbreak as bad as us. Well, we stand alone. You look at other countries in the world who had terrible outbreaks at least they had a national policy. It is insane. It is fatal. It is insane in terms of policies and leadership, and ethics. It is also insane in terms of how grossly mismanaged the federal government piece of this already is.”
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) April 2, 2020
Maddow is absolutely right in her assessment of what we’re seeing transpire as the death toll the United States passes 5,300. We’ve been told to expect as many as 240,000 deaths when all is said and done.
But it didn’t have to be this bad. It could have been prevented if we had a competent head of state with a brain and a heart. Instead, we have a fool who only cares about himself. And that is the very definition of insanity.