More than any other event to date, the coronavirus pandemic is throwing into sharp relief how incredibly unfit for office Donald Trump really is. Thousands of Americans have already contracted the deadly virus with many more expected to fall ill in the coming days.
Meanwhile, we’re being led by a bloviating ignoramus who decided to fire the government’s pandemic response team, proceeded to insist that the outbreak was a “hoax” perpetrated by Democrats, announced that he would be accepting no responsibility for what’s going on in the country, and who continues to engage in petty partisan feuds as the state of the country rapidly deteriorates. There has been a pronounced lack of federal leadership and state and local authorities have been forced to pick up the slack.
Rather than recognize his own failings and work to rectify them, Trump is doing what he always does: flinging the blame at everyone but himself. Earlier today, he took to Twitter and claimed that he had a “very good” teleconference with the country’s governors and took a swing at New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo, claiming that he must do more.
Just had a very good tele-conference with Nation’s Governors. Went very well. Cuomo of New York has to “do more”.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 16, 2020
Unlike Trump, Cuomo has been taking the appropriate steps to fight the pandemic. The governor has ordered that crowds over 50 will be banned from gathering. Movie theaters and gyms will close and bars and restaurants will be restricted to takeout orders and delivery starting Monday.
With the confidence that he’s taking appropriate action while the president fails to do so, Cuomo quickly hit back at Trump on Twitter.
“Happy to do your job, too,” wrote Cuomo. He included a link to his op-ed in The New York Times calling for Trump to mobilize the military to help with the coronavirus. The article is worth a read and the president would do well to heed Cuomos’ call. The White House has to immediately begin treating this outbreak with the seriousness it deserves before avoidable deaths begin to pile up.
Happy to do your job, too.
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) March 16, 2020
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This is a staff report from former Occupy Democrats Editor in Chief Colin Taylor or contributor Rob Haffney.