President Trump continued his campaign to pass off all blame for his administration’s inexcusable mismanagement of the coronavirus crisis on Thursday afternoon, predictably pointing fingers at his predecessor while complaining that this was something nobody could have predicted.
Moaning about having “inherited a broken situation,” Trump tried to argue that “nobody would have ever thought a thing like this would have happened” — except, of course, they did think a pandemic could happen, which is why he was left with a pandemic response playbook by the Obama administration that he chose to ignore.
It was called “PLAYBOOK FOR EARLY RESPONSE TO HIGH-CONSEQUENCE EMERGING INFECTIOUS DISEASE THREATS AND BIOLOGICAL INCIDENTS.”
Trump, who reportedly ignored a pandemic response playbook put together during the Obama years, claims nobody could’ve seen a pandemic coming and tries to blame Obama for his lack of preparation pic.twitter.com/7rjpwb7V5X
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 26, 2020
But of course, Trump wanted to deny that the disease existed at all, publicly downplaying the severity of the crisis and deliberately slow-walking virus testing to artificially dampen the number of cases in a monstrously selfish attempt to protect his re-election efforts.
In doing so, he enabled the spread of an epidemic to benefit himself politically, just as he abused the powers of the presidency to benefit himself politically.
One month ago today, Trump said "when you have 15 people, and the 15 within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero, that’s a pretty good job we’ve done."
As of today, the US, with 81,782 confirmed cases, has more total cases than any country in the world.
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) March 26, 2020
Trump was impeached for one of those crimes; the wheels of justice demand that we vote him out of office for the other and make him pay for the thousands of lives that will be (and already have been) lost because of his inexcusable actions.
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This is a staff report from former Occupy Democrats Editor in Chief Colin Taylor or contributor Rob Haffney.