"I love the folks who helped get us in this mess and then suddenly say, 'Well, this is Obama's economy.' That's fine. Give it to me. ... I want the responsibility."
- Barack Obama on the 2009 Market free-fall
“I take no responsibility at all.”
- Donald J. Trump on whether he should take responsibility for the failure
to allow larger quantities of tests for COVID-19 earlier in the year.
It doesn’t take a genius to read a transcript, or let alone try and sit through a Trump rally, or a press conference, or even read one of his infamous tweets and think to themselves: “Huh, that doesn’t sound right.” However, it also doesn’t take a genius to attend those rallies, promote his superiority during the press conferences, or even back up his recent statements on the COVID-19 epidemic halting the world as we know it. In these times of crisis, both economic and viral, a leader of a nation in distress must come to terms with the reality of the situation, face the truth head-on and lead the country as a whole. Unfortunately, that’s what the Trump administration has neglected not only in the past couple of weeks, but in the past 4 years leading the country. We are at a point in time where the fate of the world rests in our hands. For some years now, I’ve deemed the possible outcomes of the end of the world as such:
- Climate change
- Total Economic Collapse (Although now we really aren’t that far)
- Mark Zuckerburg and his Lizard People
- Some World War that leads to nuclear fallout
However, none of which have seemed to take in effect (yet), and the one that has always slipped my mind turned out to be the biggest slap in the face to the entire world. I’m scared, and you should be too for the constant spread of the Novel Coronavirus. As I’m writing this 100 people dropped dead in the US, upping our toll up to over 500. (As I finish it, it’s now around 900. I assume when this is published, it will be over 1,000) It’s times like this that America needs to come together as a nation in order to stop a force that can’t be ruled out with guns or military might, but rather with the full intention to stay inside for as long as possible, and hopefully bend the curve of cases and deaths that will continue to rise in the oncoming weeks and months. We have to drop politics, drop our differences, our hate and our normal everyday 1st world lives in order to protect it. Through this, a strong representative of our country must take the reigns of this epidemic, and hold their own head high in times of great uncertainty. We need someone to tell us that together, we can overcome the gravest situation humanity has faced in a very long time. However, sitting in the white house right now, twiddling his thumbs, chugging diet cokes and spreading false information to a world constantly covered in misinformation, Donald J Trump is the face of the nation that is trying to keep things afloat in a very unprecedented time. He’s trying, and he’s failing.
Before we dive into the madness of the man in the white house who deems this epidemic as a “Chinese Virus”, a timeline of the disease’s progression and his responses is necessary to fully depict the absurdity that we are facing in these times. The following list was compiled by the NY Times and MSNBC (I may have also put in some notes about Sean Hannity and Trumps lies. You’ll find them :)
Dec. 31: China confirms a new virus has spread. Jan. 20: World Health Organization reports cases in China and other parts of Asia. Jan. 21: The first U.S. case is announced in Washington state WHO says the virus risk “globally is high.” Jan. 22: A reporter asks if there are worries about a pandemic. Trump responds: "No. Not at all. And we have it totally under control. It’s one person coming in from China, and we have it under control. It’s — going to be just fine."
Jan. 24: Trump tweets, "It will all work out well...China has been working very hard to contain the Coronavirus. The United States greatly appreciates their efforts and transparency. It will all work out well. In particular, on behalf of the American People, I want to thank President Xi!”
Jan 29: The White House forms the “Coronavirus Response Task Force” Jan. 30: The WHO declares a “global health emergency.”
Jan. 30: Trump blocks travel from China.
-The same night, he holds a campaign rally in Iowa. He states: "We think we have it very well under control. We have very little problem in this country at this moment — five. ... we think it’s going to have a very good ending for it."
Feb. 2: Trump tells Fox News host (And certified human garbage can) Sean Hannity: "We pretty much shut it down coming in from China." Feb. 11: WHO names the new virus “COVID-19.”
Feb 14: Trump discusses the "very small" number of U.S. coronavirus cases: "We have a very small number of people in the country, right now, with it. It’s like around 12. Many of them are getting better. Some are fully recovered already. So we’re in very good shape."
Feb. 20: WHO reports nearly 77,000 cases worldwide in 27 countries.
Feb. 24: Dow Jones Industrials falls more than 1,000 points. The same day, Trump asks for $1.25 billion in emergency aid. Congress passes 8.3 Billion. He tweets that the virus: “is very much under control" and the stock market "starting to look very good to me!"
Feb. 26: The first case emerges in California, suggesting a community spread of the virus. In a news conference that day, Trump says the United States is "really prepared." He puts Vice President Mike Pence in charge of the White House task force.
March 4: House passes $8.3 billion emergency bill, aimed at the immediate health response to the virus. In a Fox News interview, Trump bloks critics by saying the Obama administration, including vice president Joe Biden, "didn't do anything about" swine flu. (That claim was absolutely false.)
March 6: Grand Princess cruise ship with over 2,000 passengers waits to dock off the California coast. Trump says the following about the passengers: "I would rather (Grand Princess passengers stay aboard) because I like the numbers being where they are. I don’t need to have the numbers double because of one ship... Anybody that wants a test can get a test.” (I’m sorry, What? Anyone can get tested? I don’t think so bud. This is what I like to call a “Liar liar pants on fucking fire.) That same day, Donald Trump decided to politicize the virus (god knows why) and tweets: “The Fake News Media and their partner, the Democrat Party, is doing everything within its semi-considerable power (it used to be greater!) to inflame the CoronaVirus situation, far beyond what the facts would warrant. Surgeon General, “The risk is low to the average American.”
March 11: On the same day the WHO declares COVID-19 a pandemic, Trump transmits an Oval Office address to announce a ban on travel for non-Americans from most of Europe.
March 13: Trump declares a national emergency.
March 17: Trump said in a news conference that for the next 14 days, "we’re asking everyone to work at home, if possible, postpone unnecessary travel, and limit social gatherings to no more than 10 people...I've always known this is a real, this is a pandemic. I've felt it was a pandemic long before it was called a pandemic."
-What a fucking asshole.
March 19: California orders lockdown for 40 million residents. March 21: Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker requires all residents of the state to stay at home, only to go out for essentials. I then begin to write this article since I can’t leave my home in Chicago. March 23: Trump Tweets: “WE CANNOT LET THE CURE BE WORSE THAN THE PROBLEM ITSELF...AT THE END OF THE 15 DAY PERIOD, WE WILL MAKE A DECISION AS TO WHICH WAY WE WANT TO GO!”
-Same day, I lose all hope in humanity.
There’s a lot of information here to take in, but go back and re-read the dates of all these things that have happened. It’s about 3 months in, and the entire world is on the verge of shutting down into an apocalyptic hollywood movie. These are unfathomable things happening to us at an alarming speed, some in the likes professionals have never even thought could happen. Right now, we need stability, cooperation and the most amount of attention that we can provide so we don’t make any more mistakes. Once again, enter Donald J. Trump, the man opposite of all those things. The US can no longer handle his flip flopping remarks, especially when just a couple of weeks ago he deemed this virus a Liberal Hoax, and then all of a sudden saying he knew it was a pandemic all along when shit hit the fan. He is a crazy man in crazy times, and if you didn’t think that the list of events provided in front of you isn’t insane, then you might just be as ignorant as any Trump supporter confusing him as the savior of everyone in this problem. If you think Donald Trump cares about you, he doesn’t. If he thinks he has some sort of grip, he doesn’t. If you think he’s an idiot for firing the white house pandemic team two years ago and never replacing them, he is. (When an MSNBC reporter asked Trump why he fired them, he said he had no idea what she was talking about. Classic.)
The only reason Donald Trump is shitting his pants at the moment, is his worry for the total economic collapse that's imminent. Now, an average trump supporter would break out the old argument that Trump’s Economy is the highest it’s been in years, and the unemployment rate is at its lowest in years. True, however it almost has nothing to do with what Donald Trump has done, but merely what he has inherited from what the Obama Administration had done after the crash of 08’. Currently, Dow Jones Industrial has lost 35% of its value, nearly wiping clean the four years of economic growth under the Trump presidency. Secondly, CNN projects that if things continue as is, unemployment will reach up to 20%. This is not good, and Trump recognizes it. His entire legacy of his fraudulent and scandalous presidency only laid beneath one positivity, which was the economic growth of this country. Now that it’s gone, he has to do something about it. What's his plan? Everything goes back to Normal in about a week or so, so that we can flood the market with people buying things and businesses operating at normal capacity. What’s the harm right? I’ll tell you. Say we go back to being around people in large quantities around easter. We see people we haven't seen in a bit, we go out to eat, and we shop at a local clothing
store. The economy begins to pick up with recent purchases, and things are looking ship shaped. Oh wait, the Virus that's killed 21,000 as of now? It’s still everywhere. More people get sick, more people die and more people stop going out at an alarming rate. At this point, it isn’t just a time to wait and see what happens with the virus, because the economic and human toll will grow exponentially higher than it should have. The banks fail, there aren’t enough hospital beds for you and me, and good old Donny J will be practicing Self Quarantining at Mar A Lago, cheating at golf and tweeting that “We should have listened to the WHO! The Dems tried to block me from saving the US economy, all is well!”
If we want to save the economy, there has to be an economy to save in the first place. What Trump and his GOP cult followers are asking every white blooded American to do is simple:
Die for the Economy*
*As this is being published, over 3,000 people have died in the US, and there are over 170,000 cases. By the end of the week I expect over 5,000 deaths. According to Donald trump however, “Around 100,000 deaths should be a good thing”. Somebody stop this man.