We are in the midst of one of the worst crises in modern history and in dire need of real leadership. Unfortunately, we’ve found ourselves saddled with a clueless game show host who it now turns out is relying on the coronavirus counsel of his slumlord son-in-law who—to be clear—has no medical background whatsoever.
According to Vanity Fair, Jared Kushner has been serving up crackpot panaceas to the president and telling him about “experimental treatments” that he’s learned about by talking to people in Silicon Valley. Trump, desperate for an easy way out of this global predicament, is gobbling them up.
“Jared is bringing conspiracy theories to Trump about potential treatments,” explained one Republican.
While not out-of-character given his long history of flirtation with conspiracy theories, it’s still deeply disturbing to think that the president is relying on Alex Jones-like ideas instead of consulting with the army of medical professionals he has access to.
It’s clear that Trump is far more concerned about his reelection chances than the health and safety of the American people. He has no interest in actually rolling up his sleeves and doing the hard work it’s going to take to lead this country through the next several months so it makes sense that he’s holding out hope for some quick fix to save his presidency. He wants an easy solution, not an effective one.
“Trump is like an 11-year-old boy waiting for the fairy godmother to bring him a magic pill,” said one White House official.
To make things worse, Kushner has also been in Trump’s ear claiming that the fears about the virus are overblown and that the media is exaggerating the risk, a terrifying prospect given Trump’s early claims that the virus was nothing but a “Democratic hoax.” Clearly, he is uniquely susceptible to these kinds of paranoid narratives. Two sources told Vanity Fair that the situation is so bad that Vice President Mike Pence has actually complained to Trump about Kushner’s influence on the coronavirus task force.
We are finally seeing the full scope of the massive mistake this country made in 2016. Now, more than ever we need a president and instead, we’re stuck with this con artist and his clueless, bumbling family. Booting him from office this November is quite literally a matter of life and death.