Donald Trump is very upset these days that he’s heading up a crisis, and calling himself a wartime president, even, and he still has rotten approval numbers and nobody appreciates the great job he’s doing.

Thousands of lives saved and nobody appreciates it. Of course, Trump isn’t able to show one shred of evidence that his dinking around with border closure when he did saved even one life, but that’s a moot point. At the very least, he should be getting praised like Dubya did after 9/11. Plus, and here’s the biggy, Dubya got reelected on the basis of being a wartime president. And Trump has decided that playing the wartime president card is the only way to save his bacon. Salon:

The lead-up to the Iraq war in 2002 and early 2003 saw the Republicans pick up seats in Congress, while Bush was handily re-elected in 2004 due primarily to being a war president — that whole “don’t change horses midstream” yarn. Trump is starving for some of that adoration now, and he’ll steal whatever he needs to steal in order to get it. Why? It’s what he does, and it’s because he knows that if he loses in November, there’s a reasonable chance he’ll be indicted for one or more crimes. The stakes for the president, as well as Donald Jr., Eric, Ivanka and Jared Kushner, couldn’t be greater. If winning means recycling the Bush-Cheney approach from the war on terrorism, he’ll do it. He’ll do anything.

Just in case American voters don’t particularly buy into the notion of a faceless microorganism as a terrorist-like villain, the administration is sending out the word that the human enemy in this alleged war is China. Breitbart News and Donald Trump Jr. are accusing China of spreading disinformation about the virus — and even accusing the World Health Organization of being on China’s payroll.

So if you’re keeping score, the COVID-19 virus is Trump’s al-Qaida, while China is Trump’s Taliban and/or Iraq. In fact, I keep expecting Trump, during one of his daily Trump Show episodes, to crumple up a photo of COVID-19, throw it onto the ground, grab the nearest bullhorn and announce, “I can hear you, and the coronavirus will hear from all of us soon!” Cue the Lee Greenwood anthem.

The other compelling aspect of what is going on, besides Trump’s desperation about his reelection campaign, is that he’s getting pressured day and night by business and media people to get the economy jump started again. And so he’s pretty much decided that it’s time to end what to him is a charade and go back to making money — no matter who dies. As he said on Twitter, “WE CAN’T LET THE CURE BE WORSE THAN THE PROBLEM” — the problem being the economy, not the global pandemic. Washington Post:

“America will again and soon be open for business — very soon,” Trump said at the daily White House news conference. “We cannot let the cure be worse than the problem itself.” […]

“If it were up to the doctors, they’d say let’s keep it shut down, let’s shut down the entire world . . . and let’s keep it shut for a couple of years,” Trump said Monday. “We can’t do that.”

Trump predicted “we’re going to be opening our country” in a shorter time frame than months. He announced that the administration was developing new protocols to allow local economies outside of what he called “hot spots” of the coronavirus spread to resume activity and would make a decision at the conclusion of the current 15-day period.

Trump drew parallels to the flu season, which he said was on pace to be responsible for the deaths of some 50,000 Americans, as well as to car crashes — comparisons that Fauci and other experts have dismissed as examples of false equivalency.

Hey, you’re gonna die anyway, right? So what difference does it make if you die now from the coronavirus, so the economy can return to normal and more importantly, Trump can get reelected? What’s wrong with you people? What Trump doesn’t seem to grasp at all, is that if he stops the social distancing mandate, returns people to work, and they start dropping like flies, the economy is going to stay ruined, anyway. The economy problem is the corollary to the pandemic. The pandemic has to be fixed first, then the economy can go back to normal. But Trump can’t think, ever, beyond short-term fixes. Apparently he’s decided that since the world didn’t end in the past two weeks, the worst is over. Wrong.

While Trump has focused on the 15-day timeline, health experts said that is not expected to be enough time to defeat the virus’s spread. Cases in the United States are still rapidly increasing and have not yet reached their peak, but already hospitals are experiencing severe shortages of protective equipment and ventilators to treat the increasing numbers of patients. Because of the delays expanding testing capabilities, the country still does not have comprehensive data about the spread of the virus and its mortality rate.

Public health experts have strongly warned against any loosening of social distancing measures. Marc Lipsitch, an epidemiology professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and director of Harvard’s Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics, said, “Now is the time to tighten restrictions on contacts that could transmit the virus, not loosen them.”

“If we let up now, we can be virtually certain that health care will be overwhelmed in many if not all parts of the country,” Lipsitch said. “This is the view of every well-informed infectious epidemiologist I know of.”

Fox News isn’t going to talk Trump out of this, because Laura Ingraham is one of the biggest proponents of everybody going back to work. “In one week we need to be heading back to work, school, stores, restaurants and churches with new protocols in place,” she said. This is who’s calling the shots, not the doctors, be they M.D.s or Ph.Ds, what could they possibly know that Trump and his cheering squad at Fox News don’t? April is going to be interesting.

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25 Comments on "Trump Plans To Send People Back To Work Against All Advice From Disease Experts"

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Lone Wolf
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The economy is screwed either way with our probable drug-addicted President liar thief in chief. How’d that go? everything he touches dies.

we’re all gonna die.

Joseph
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“while Bush was handily re-elected in 2004 due primarily to being a war president — that whole “don’t change horses midstream” yarn.” Whoever wrote that for “Salon” needs to be fired immediately for such shoddy “journalism” (I really hated calling it that or even “reporting” since it’s so far removed from reality). Bush was NOT re-elected because of that “don’t change horses” malarkey. He won re-election due to a slew of anti-gay marriage bills placed on the November 2004 ballot by 11 states which ALL passed–only 2 of which were in states that Kerry would win while the other 9… Read more »
michaelscott
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That, and the Democrats ran a gawd-awful candidate (John Kerry) against him. History does tend to repeat for those who don’t learn from their mistakes.

Leo Walter
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I see what you did there ‘Bro.

Bareshark
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Okay, let’s do a little hard logic, shall we? Trump has been a total nonentity throughout this crisis, so what the hell makes anybody think he’s suddenly going to override governors, big businesses and other people who know better than to trust him? Crissake, I got a leaflet from my apartment complex’s office yesterday saying they’re shutting down the physical office for the time being…and I’m deep in MAGA country. No, Bill Palmer called this one: Trump is setting up everybody exercising good sense for blame when his decree is ignored. Of course, it probably never occurred to him that… Read more »
Lone Wolf
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It’s not like he’s just saying positive things to try to prop up the stock market *wink wink* he really is a stable genie

Darrel
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As Trump is an open book with all his transparency, (Huge amounts of stupidity at any moment), ALL recorded, broadcast, re-broadcast and makes not a damn bit of difference to the GOP, WE the people, need to find the magic button that triggers Trump’s self-destruction, easily his fe fe’s can be tweaked to maximum force by public shaming and attack as an imperfect person … flash broadcasts, as we are on limited time here, showing the Italy military transport trucks filled with their dead on the way to mass graves or other cremation services, telling how close we are to… Read more »
mae
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Trump is inconvenienced by all this, SO tired of it all, he is ready for everyone to get back to work so he can stop losing money. He wants to get back to his re-election, and his sicko rallies. If some people die, so what? It is all in service to him.

Henry Zimmer
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I wonder if Trump was in his last year of a second term ( it should never happen!!) whether he would be making the same stupid recommendations.
Check the California numbers. They are not increasing exponentially. Social distancing works.

p j evans
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California is locked down.

Henry Zimmer
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As it should be for at least a month maybe two.

michaelscott
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So, the people dumb enough to take medical advice from Fat Donnie will die.
Probably while still wearing their red MAGA caps.
Though after seeing Joe Biden’s stumbling, bumbling, non-solution videos, I fear tRump may actually get reelected. Hope not, but Obama killed the notion of hope for me.

Bareshark
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All your sour grapes ain’t going to make any kind of wine, Michael.

Concinnity
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Nicely stated.

michaelscott
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Not even sure what that means. I am afraid that by promoting a poor choice candidate Democrats will once again lose to the worst president of all time. Then there’ll be enough sour grapes for us all.

Bareshark
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To quote Ms. Piggy from The Great Muppet Caper, “I tried to be nice.” But you want me to be blunt, here it is…and don’t say I didn’t warn you. Your original post was a waste of everybody’s time, yours included. Concern trolling like you just did always is. I am beyond sick and tired of that kind of liberal lamentation where the past is somehow a guarantee of the future because the thinking behind it hasn’t evolved beyond that of an abused child. The usual line is that such spouters of it give is that they’re being “realistic”. The… Read more »
dana fairfield
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“concern trolling” is a kind of ad hominem dismissal. What about those who say the Democrats made a big mistake in 2016 by running a mainstream candidate with a milktoast VP against a guy who positioned himself as a populist. They see history possibly repeating itself. Concern trolling is a valid argument when the concern is without merit. We cannot take anything for granted. Overconfidence is always a fatal flaw, a lesson the Democrats should have learned in 2016. In 2016 I was arguing that Dems needed to come in droves and send Trump, his supporters and the world the… Read more »
Bareshark
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If any of us were taking it for granted, NONE of us would be fighting as hard as we are. The very fact that we have a pandemic going on right now is enough to kill any overconfidence or certainty. So yeah, I reject the entire premise of your argument, especially when I’m hearing nothing but ad hominem over somebody who is still a damn sight better than the current WH resident.

Oh and DKos was NEVER a mothership to me.

Leo Walter
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It’s funny you talk about the Democrats are promoting a poor choice candidate, when you would have them promote a candidate that isn’t even a Democrat. And to be frank, people with a lot more insight than you or I se your candidate like this : “ But even without a big assist from the looming recession, by avoiding a Sanders nomination, and with it, total party meltdown, Democrats are well-positioned for the fall general election. The changes to my original ratings from July 2019 reflect this reality and are universally positive for Democrats. When the original forecast was released,… Read more »
Bareshark
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Got a link to your quote, Leo?

Leo Walter
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Well, I’ll give you credit for being a little more transparent with this comment.

dana fairfield
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From Charlie Sykes: https://thebulwark.com/trumps-next-pivot-will-leave-us-more-divided-than-ever/ “Would Trump do it? Would he prioritize the economy ahead of human lives? Would he side with the hard-edged utilitarians—some of whom were, funnily enough, passionate pro-lifers until five minutes ago—who are now arguing that deaths from coronavirus need to be seen as a rational tradeoff to keep the economy humming?” Then Mr. Sykes went there: “But Trump’s calculation may be different: he may feel that his reelection bid will be hurt more by a recession than by many thousands of deaths. Those tragedies can be blamed on the Chinese and they may take place predominately… Read more »
Bareshark
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Small problem with that theory: as plenty of doctors have made it plain, there is no economic recovery BEFORE the virus has run its course. And playing viral human sacrifice is only going to extend the length of time before the latter can happen. And that’s before you get into how many of Trump’s base gets an appointment with the graveyard or the crematorium out of this, which hurts only him.

dana fairfield
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You understand Sykes was criticizing the theory, right?

Bareshark
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Obviously not and it invalidates none of what I just said.