Maybe Donald Trump should wait until every state has the ventilators they need before he starts prognosticating on what date (selected because it’s “beautiful”) we can all return to normal lives. Only “normal” in the sense we could go outside, work, school, and get within six feet of other human beings. Not “normal” in the sense that Donald Trump is president.
As part of their deflecting of responsibility, Trump supporters blame Obama for not stockpiling medical masks during his presidency. Never mind the absolute unfortunate fact that Donald Trump has been president (sic) for the past three years and didn’t do anything about stockpiling medical masks in that time. He spent more time tweeting at Meryl Streep than preparing for a pandemic. Never mind the fact that his administration was warned by the Obama administration that a pandemic would probably hit the nation. But then again, Obama also told him not to hire Michael Flynn.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has shown more leadership ability than Donald Trump in dealing with this crisis. He’s given a press conference every day without making it a mini-campaign rally. He’s been blunt, factual, and realistic. He understands the problem because over half of all coronavirus cases in this nation are in the state of New York. In contrast, Donald Trump has downplayed and lied about the pandemic. Even after a new poll revealed a 60% approval of his handling of the pandemic, he’s continued to lie. And, he’s lying about New York and Andrew Cuomo.
New York needs 30,000 ventilators. They have 7,000. The federal government has only sent 400. In case you’re a Republican, 400 and even 7,000 are less than 30,000. And Donald Trump has claimed that Cuomo rejected a 2015 recommendation to purchase 15,000 ventilators and instead “established death panels” and “lotteries.” It should be needless to say, but Donald Trump’s claims are lies.
The states are begging Donald Trump to activate the Defense Production Act, which he has refused to do as he’s afraid it’ll step on the toes of big business and make him a socialist. We give huge tax breaks and bailouts to corporations, not demands that they support their country.
The Defense Production Act of 1950, enacted during the Korean War, allows the federal government to compel companies through loans and purchase commitments to develop specific equipment for national defense. Donald Trump says, “We don’t need it.”
Since we “don’t need it,” states, hospitals, and even FEMA are bidding against each other for medical supplies like ventilators, N95 masks, medicals gowns, and other supplies. Cuomo explained it best. He said, “because you have manufacturers who sit there and California offers them $4, and they say well California offered $4, I offer $5 and another state calls in and offers $6. It’s not the way to do it.”
As Cuomo pointed out, because he’s the adult in the room, “The Defense Production Act just says you can tell a company to manufacture this many by this date. Yes, it is an assertion of government power on private sector companies, yes. But so what. This is a national emergency.”
Hospitals are reusing masks. Masks that have expired are being used. Now, New York City plans to make patients share ventilators. Most medical professionals discourage sharing ventilators but acknowledge in a crisis like this, where the federal government is refusing to step up, it has to be done.
Instead of being presidential, Trump would rather attack governors who point out he’s not doing his job. He said that governors have to be “nice” to him to get what they need. So if you have the coronavirus, you might die if your governor doesn’t kiss Donald Trump’s ass.
Washington Governor Jay Inslee told Donald Trump that the nation needs a Tom Brady, as in a quarterback to win the game. Donald Trump, being unable to grasp even small concepts, took it as a compliment and thought he was being compared to Tom Brady and pointed out that he knew Tom and Tom knows him and he talked to Tom the other day and he’s the most special boy in the room so he gets the most cake and two scoops of ice cream while everyone else only gets one, etc, etc. He also pointed out that Inslee was a “failed” presidential candidate which I’m sure we can all agree is really important to focus on at this time.
Trump also attacked the governor of Michigan Gretchen Whitmer (whose name he forgot). He told Sean Hannity, “We’ve had a big problem with the young, a woman governor, you know who I’m talking about from Michigan. We don’t like to see the complaints.”
How dare that “woman governor” complain because Donald Trump doesn’t like to see complaints. He said, “all she does is sit there and blame the federal government.” Doesn’t she know he’s a man?
Whitmer tweeted at Trump, “Hi, my name is Gretchen Whitmer, and that governor is me.
I’ve asked repeatedly and respectfully for help. We need it. No more political attacks, just PPEs, ventilators, N95 masks, test kits. You said you stand with Michigan — prove it.” Donald Trump still hasn’t proven it. He’s still jacked up over that Tom Brady comparison.
Hey, if you want to talk about great quarterbacks, Drew Brees just donated $5 million to help Louisiana.
Donald Trump needs to enact the Defense Production Act so states, hospitals, and FEMA don’t have to bid against each other. Andrew Cuomo said, “It’s not the way to do it.” Acting like a sexist and racist toddler while engaging in petty feuds and demanding to have your ass kissed before you’ll do your job isn’t the way to be president.
Donald Trump’s way of being president and handling a crisis is not the way to do it. At the end of this, I hope his administration runs out of oxygen and needs a ventilator. Hopefully, he won’t be able to find one because they’ll all be in New York.
Let me put this in a way Donald Trump can understand: When it comes to quarterbacking this nation and being president and handling a crisis, you’re Ryan Leaf.
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