And yet, Trump is clearly winning PR war so far.
1. Being "optimistic" and calling for "getting people back to work" and "economic nationalism" plays in Peoria much better than "doom and gloom" Democrats and calling for months of isolation / social distancing, massive unemployment and corresponding economic misery with trillions of dollars of bailouts and debt - though GOP Trumplican branch doesn't mind that last part at all, as long as they pilot the helicopter they throw these money from.
Biden, of course, will look like... Biden.
2. There is a high likelyhood that, just like H1N1 and Wuhan timeline, the COVID-19 will pass on its own much sooner than "doom and gloom" / worst case scenarios, so Trump can and will declare victory, just months before elections:
"Michael Levitt, a Nobel laureate and Stanford biophysicist, began analyzing the number of COVID-19 cases worldwide in January and correctly calculated that China would get through the worst of its coronavirus outbreak long before many health experts had predicted, Now he foresees a similar outcome in the United States and the rest of the world."
www.latimes.com - Why this Nobel laureate predicts a quicker coronavirus recovery: 'We're going to be fine'
That would be Trump's "winning against invisible enemy," no?
3. Some of Trump's rhetoric about "Chinese / China virus" is two-prong - distraction from substance into his "economic nationalism" and gaslighting Democratic "rasist" trap. That's old Steve Bannon's strategy:
www.thedailybeast.com - Trump's Using 'Chinese Virus' to Pull a Fast One on Dems (Steve Bannon laid out the game plan: Get Democrats talking about race and identity, while Trump turns to economic nationalism.)
www.thedailybeast.com - White House Pushes U.S. Officials to Criticize China For Coronavirus 'Cover-Up'
www.rawstory.com - Investigative reporter explains why Trump and the radical Republicans are calling it the 'Chinese virus'
Of course, the fact is that Trump removed a health expert in Bejing that was supposed to monitor and warn about just that kind of potential outbreak few months before it happened, apparently to save costs, despite already running more than $1T in deficits in what he called "the best economy ever":
www.vox.com - A US epidemiologist was embedded with the Chinese CDC. The Trump administration discontinued the position.
As usual, facts don't matter, it's not about facts, it's about PR, and hyperreacting Dems and breathless media that tries to figure out whether to cover Trump's White House propaganda / rally pressers, letting him play victim again, are only playing into his hands.