If there’s one thing that has become painfully clear in the weeks since the coronavirus crisis first took hold in the United States, it’s that the current president doesn’t have a clue how to effectively protect the American people from a virus that has already claimed the lives of almost 100,000 people.
Things have gotten so bad that even the conservative newspaper and longtime Trump cheerleader the Washington Examiner is sounding the alarm, noting in a scathing op-ed that the president is unfit to steer the ship of state in an emergency such as the one caused by coronoavirus.
Executive Editor Philip Klein of the Examiner writes:
“President Trump’s bombastic style has served him well through many stages of his political career, but as the coronavirus spreads rapidly throughout the United States, it is exposing how deeply unsuited he is to deal with a genuine crisis that he can’t bluff his way through.”
Trump has always been about bluff and bluster. If he doesn’t like what someone says about him, he threatens to sue them, then backs down and skulks away when it becomes clear he has no chance of winning in court.
But it’s what Klein points to next that should terrify every American:
“Trump appears to be more concerned with numbers that might make him look bad in the short-term, then he is with actually taking the most prudent measures to save lives over time. The current crisis is revealing what many critics feared in a potential Trump presidency. He simply has not shown an ability to break out of his typical antics, and treat the moment with the seriousness with which it deserves.”
All Trump cares about is how the current medical crisis makes him look and what it does to his poll numbers. Everyone else is expendable. His own selfishness makes him a clear and present danger to the United States and the world.
But as Donald Trump is discovering, all the bluster in the world is useless against a virus that shows no mercy and isn’t afraid of his empty threats.