Saturday, March 21, 2020

On Trump's Watch

The New York Times has posted an animated graphic of how Covid-19 has spread through the United States. A picture really does beat a thousand words.

Maggie Haberman discusses the "jarring" reality that a man with Trump's track record with adversity is leading America's response to a pandemic. It's a deep dive into the damaged psyche of America's commander in chief. Well worth a read.
Mr. Trump is no stranger to crisis. He has spent a lifetime grappling with bankruptcy, fending off creditors, evading tax collectors, defending lawsuits, deflecting regulators, spinning reporters and dueling with estranged wives, usually coming out ahead, at least as he defines it. But these were crises of his own creation involving human adversaries he knew how to confront. Nothing in his background in business, entertainment or multiple marriages prepared him for the coronavirus pandemic now threatening America’s health and wealth. 
Mr. Trump’s performance on the national stage in recent weeks has put on display the traits that Democrats and some Republicans consider so jarring — the profound need for personal praise, the propensity to blame others, the lack of human empathy, the penchant for rewriting history, the disregard for expertise, the distortion of facts, the impatience with scrutiny or criticism. For years, skeptics expressed concern about how he would handle a genuine crisis threatening the nation, and now they know.

“When he’s faced a problem, he has sought to somehow cheat or fix the outcome ahead of time so that he could construct a narrative that showed him to be the winner,” said Michael D’Antonio, a Trump biographer. “And when it was all about feuds with other celebrities or contests over ratings or hotel branding, he could do that and no one cared enough to really check. And the bluster and bragging worked.”

1 comment:

Trailblazer said...

All this fuss about Trump.
When Trump was elected the Republicans and leaders worldwide stood by horrified and disgusted.
One by one they fell into line with Trumps politics.
One look at Trumps gold shrouded elevator
and you see why those that consider themselves more worthy of good fortune without actually never having a regular day job are still backing his soul destroying divisive politics.
If the USA, which made him possible, had not done so then the rest of the world would be a much better place to live.
That the Coronavirus has spread in the USA is not a symptom of Trump , it is a symptom of the American Dream.

For your benefit Mound; here endeth the second lesson..