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Saturday, April 04, 2020

From the Oval Office to the CDC, political and institutional failures cascaded through the system and opportunities to mitigate the pandemic were lost. (T)he United States will likely go down as the country that was supposedly best prepared to fight a pandemic but ended up catastrophically overmatched by the novel coronavirus, sustaining heavier casualties than any other nation.



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It did not have to happen this way. Though not perfectly prepared, the United States had more expertise, resources, plans and epidemiological experience than dozens of countries that ultimately fared far better in fending off the virus.

The failure has echoes of the period leading up to 9/11: Warnings were sounded, including at the highest levels of government, but the president was deaf to them until the enemy had already struck.

Trump was warned this was coming and he did nothing of substance in response but for partially closing the barn door after the virus was already here.

Let the reckoning commence.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-04-04 12:34 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Trump Virus. Trump Plague.

#2 | Posted by Zed at 2020-04-04 12:35 PM | Reply

Not my list, but I think it is accurate:


Dec 18th - House Impeaches Trump
Jan 8th - First CDC warning
Jan 9th - Trump campaign rally
Jan 14th - Trump campaign rally
Jan 16h - House sends impeachment articles to Senate
Jan 18th - Trump golfs
Jan 19th - Trump golfs
Jan- 20th first case in South Korea
Jan 20th - first case of corona virus in the US, Washington State.
Jan 22nd - "We have it totally under control. It's one person coming in from China. It's going to be just fine."
Jan 28th - Trump campaign rally
Jan 30th - Trump campaign rally
Feb 1st - Trump golfs
Feb 2nd - "We pretty much shut it down coming in from China."
Feb 5th - Senate votes to acquit. Then takes a five-day weekend.
Feb 10th - Trump campaign rally
Feb 12th - Dow Jones closes at an all time high of 29,551.42
Feb 15h - Trump golfs
Feb 19th - Trump campaign rally
Feb 20th - Trump campaign rally
Feb 21st - Trump campaign rally
Feb 24th - "The Coronavirus is very much under control in the USA ... Stock Market starting to look very good to me!"
Feb 25h - "CDC and my Administration are doing a GREAT job of handling Coronavirus."
Feb 25h - "I think that's a problem that's going to go away ... They have studied it. They know very much. In fact, we're very close to a vaccine."
Feb 26th - "The 15 (cases in the US) within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero."
Feb 26th - "We're going very substantially down, not up." Also "This is a flu. This is like a flu"; "Now, you treat this like a flu"; "It's a little like the regular flu that we have flu shots for. And we'll essentially have a flu shot for this in a fairly quick manner."
February 27: "One day it's like a miracle, it will disappear."
Feb 28th - "We're ordering a lot of supplies. We're ordering a lot of, uh, elements that frankly we wouldn't be ordering unless it was something like this. But we're ordering a lot of different elements of medical."
Feb 28th - Trump campaign rally

#3 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-04-04 12:42 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

March 2nd - "You take a solid flu vaccine, you don't think that could have an impact, or much of an impact, on corona?"
March 2nd - "A lot of things are happening, a lot of very exciting things are happening and they're happening very rapidly."
March 4: "If we have thousands or hundreds of thousands of people that get better just by, you know, sitting around and even going to work " some of them go to work, but they get better."
March 5th - "I NEVER said people that are feeling sick should go to work."
March 5th - "The United States ... has, as of now, only 129 cases ... and 11 deaths. We are working very hard to keep these numbers as low as possible!"
March 6th - "I think we're doing a really good job in this country at keeping it down ... a tremendous job at keeping it down."
March 6th - "Anybody right now, and yesterday, anybody that needs a test gets a test. They're there. And the tests are beautiful ... . the tests are all perfect like the letter was perfect. The transcription was perfect. Right? This was not as perfect as that but pretty good."
March 6th - "I like this stuff. I really get it. People are surprised that I understand it ... Every one of these doctors said, How do you know so much about this?' Maybe I have a natural ability. Maybe I should have done that instead of running for president."
March 6th - "I don't need to have the numbers double because of one ship that wasn't our fault."
March 7th - Trump golfs
March 8th - Trump golfs
March 8th - "We have a perfectly coordinated and fine tuned plan at the White House for our attack on CoronaVirus."
March 9th - "This blindsided the world."
March 13th - [Declared state of emergency]
March 17th - "This is a pandemic," Mr. Trump told reporters. "I felt it was a pandemic long before it was called a pandemic."
March 18th - "It's not racist at all. No. Not at all. It comes from China. That's why. It comes from China. I want to be accurate."
March 23th- Dow Jones closes at 18,591.93
March 25th - 3.3 million Americans file for unemployment.
March 30th - Dow Jones closes at 21,917.16
April 2nd - 6.6 million Americans file for unemployment.


#4 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-04-04 12:42 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 7

The Trump administration received its first formal notification of the outbreak of the coronavirus in China on Jan. 3. Within days, U.S. spy agencies were signaling the seriousness of the threat to Trump by including a warning about the coronavirus " the first of many " in the President's Daily Brief.

And yet, it took 70 days from that initial notification for Trump to treat the coronavirus not as a distant threat or harmless flu strain well under control, but as a lethal force that had outflanked America's defenses and was poised to kill tens of thousands of citizens. That more-than-two-month stretch now stands as critical time that was squandered.

The bolded is why Trump bears the ultimate responsibility for what is happening in this country that could have been drastically different if those 70 days weren't wasted why he refused to take the spreading pandemic seriously.

America's pandemic is Trump's tar baby.

#5 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-04-04 04:23 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Just think if he didn't have a natural ability for these things it would be much worse.

#6 | Posted by Scotty at 2020-04-04 08:43 PM | Reply | Funny: 3 | Newsworthy 1

But but Chy-Nuh!


#7 | Posted by jpw at 2020-04-04 09:39 PM | Reply | Funny: 1


#8 | Posted by Corky at 2020-04-04 10:10 PM | Reply

Who could possibly have anticipated that a mentally ill, criminal Narcissist would be totally unable to lead a cohesive response to a grave national crisis?
(Only a majority of the voting public)

#9 | Posted by e1g1 at 2020-04-05 12:16 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The GOP knew all of this, too. Every single one of them. Still they sat on their hands and did nothing to intervene. They didn't even try. They're as guilty as Trump for allowing a psycho to bring this disaster down upon the country. I suppose they had some wild notion they could beat the pandemic to the finish line. HUGE mistake! HORRIBLE judgment!

The GOP has given us horrible presidents over the years, each one worse than the one before.

#10 | Posted by Twinpac at 2020-04-05 07:50 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 6

When does pro-Trump PR become nothing more than criminally negligent propaganda? I think we are there:

andrew Kaczynski @KFILE

On the same day Larry Kudlow said coronavirus was "contained" on Feb. 25th, Trump's campaign spox made an even more bold claim.

"We will not see diseases like the coronavirus come here..and isn't it refreshing when contrasting it with the awful presidency of President Obama."

#11 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2020-04-05 08:29 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The GOP has given us horrible presidents over the years, each one worse than the one before.

#10 | Posted by Twinpac at 202

Three of them since 1968 have been clear failures: Nixon, Bush II, and Trump.

The trend in severity of failures has gotten more steep starting with Nixon. In each of the three cases we have sincerely believed that the country could not do worse, until the GOP elects the next one.

#12 | Posted by Zed at 2020-04-05 09:09 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Every day Zed is proven right again and again. When will the first cowardly Republican break ranks and join him? And absolutely yes, Republicans are cowards, it becomes more obvious by the day.

#13 | Posted by danni at 2020-04-05 10:58 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

And the usual suspects are cowering under their collective rock.

#14 | Posted by Angrydad at 2020-04-05 11:28 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

And the usual suspects are cowering under their collective rock.


They are waiting for their Kremlin/Fox News talking points to be released.

#15 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2020-04-06 04:11 AM | Reply

"The definition of a coward is a person who lacks courage and turns away from danger."

This is how President Donald J. TRUMP handled the Coronavirus.

#16 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-04-06 04:19 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

This is how President Donald J. TRUMP handled the Coronavirus Trump virus.

#17 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-04-06 11:11 AM | Reply

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