The Inconvenient Response

A friend of the blog writes:

Here is the President’s press briefing from March 16. 

As I read it for the first time ever, I am amazed at how similar his statements are to almost every other elected leader, regardless of party. President Trump tells us here that he recommends social distancing, limit gatherings to 10 people, avoid restaurants, bars. Choose take out. Choose distance learning if possible. And he states, way back in March, that this is going to be going on for a while, maybe past August, he suggests.
These are his prepared statements. What I mainly heard reported at the time was his off the cuff responses to the media. He is a wild man with his words when he’s not reigned in. Everyone knows it.
The media is now complaining that Trump knew the whole time how dangerous this was and “minimized” it. Yet, here, on March 16, his prepared remarks do not minimize it. In fact, he even asks us Americans to make sacrifices. He reminds the young that they will have milder cases, but can easily spread it. Think about the vulnerable elderly around us.
It is all there. But, the media chose to focus on other things, chose to portray this as political- Republicans versus Democrats. 
Now, the President’s rallies in some counties in Nevada have been cancelled. The media again wants us to believe that Trump is not on the side of protecting citizens by reporting a faux conflict between the President and the Governor of Nevada. Yet, the White House guidelines recommend smaller gatherings due to current virus spread in those areas where the President would rally. As the Press Secretary said, no one is forbidding a spontaneous gatherings. But, the President cannot host a large gathering himself. These distinctions are important. It shouldn’t take research to read between the lines. When can we hold the media responsible for the public reaction to the virus?

I think we are holding them responsible.

Problem is, the people who aren’t inclined to trust the media can’t disdain them more, and the Legion of the Invincibly Ignorant who still do aren’t going to be convinced no matter what.

5 thoughts on “The Inconvenient Response

  1. The Press: “When will a vaccine be available to the Public?”

    Dr. Redfield: “Mid 2021”.

    Trump: “Redfield didn’t understand the question”

    Trump contradicting the director of the CDC on a vaccine is not a confidence inspiring moment.

    “I think there’s lots of problems with masks”~ Trump

    Again, Trump is essentially saying his CDC director is so stupid he told Congress incorrectly about the effectiveness of masks.

    Growing up on the mean streets of Queens teaches you things about epidemiology no MD-PhD program can.

  2. So can we now answer reprobate trollbots with “March 16th” and let them stew in their piss and vomit while they continue to struggle under the weight of the goal posts they are lugging around?

  3. Dr Clorox in all his glory

    “So, supposing we hit the body with a tremendous, whether its ultraviolet or just very powerful light, and I think you said, that hasn’t been checked but you’re gonna test it. And then I said, supposing it brought the light inside the body, which you can either do either through the skin or some other way, and I think you said you’re gonna test that too, sounds interesting. And I then I see the disinfectant, where it knocks it out in one minute, and is there a way you can do something like that by injection inside, or almost a cleaning. Because you see it gets in the lungs, and it does a tremendous number on the lungs. So it’d be interesting to check that. So you’re going to have to use medical doctors, but it sounds interesting to me, so we’ll see. But the whole concept of the light, the way it goes in one minute, that’s pretty powerful.” ~ Donald Trump

    He reminds one sometimes of a proverbial used car salesman, except not as honest and certainly not as smart.

  4. 2020 Trump should listen to 2013 Trump

    “Leadership: Whatever happens, you’re responsible. If it doesn’t happen, you’re responsible.” ~ Donald J. Trump
    @realDonaldTrump Nov 8, 2013

  5. Blithering fantasy from the right.

    BTW Mitch, speaking of not taking responsibility and not are clearly just another GOP mouthpiece. You chant their line (the President’s most recently) about Blue State Deaths because it’s the only cherry-picked data you can point to in trying to defend his colossal failure.

    So, here’s the deaths in Texas since July 1, 11,142 out of a total of new cases of 500, 684 (per their department of health’s downloadable table). In NY, by contrast, saw 1013 deaths of 61,302 total cases. Fatality rate, per case, NY 1.65%, Texas, 2.22%. Wanna try that BS death rate argument again?

    Once again, if we use context of time, and YOU brought up March vs. now, the rate of infection and case count spiked FAR earlier in NY than in Texas, the treatments developed in NY SAVED tens of thousands of lives, in Texas as well as elsewhere, and when compared apples to apples for a relevant period of time, NY is in fact, doing FAR FAR better than Texas.. both in controlling case count, and in deaths per capita/case. Your sophistry is showing again.

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