NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — President Donald Trump on Friday night tried to cast the global outbreak of the coronavirus as a liberal conspiracy intended to undermine his first term, lumping it alongside impeachment and the Mueller investigation.
He blamed the press for acting hysterically about the virus, which has now spread to China, Japan, South Korea, Iran, Italy and the U.S, and he downplayed its dangers, saying against expert opinion it was on par with the flu.
“The Democrats are politicizing the coronavirus. They’re politicizing it,” he said. “They don’t have any clue. They can’t even count their votes in Iowa. No, they can’t. They can’t count their votes. One of my people came up to me and said, ‘Mr. President, they tried to beat you on Russia, Russia, Russia.’ That did not work out too well. They could not do it. They tried the impeachment hoax.”
Then Trump called the coronavirus “their new hoax.”
By undermining the news reporting on the virus and by trying to hold liberals responsible for a potential public health crisis that has little to do with politics, Trump did what he often does best: He sought to deflect blame at a time when many Americans sought leadership and scientific facts.
After Trump had downplayed the risks of coronavirus, he reassured supporters that the White House was “magnificently organized” in fighting it. In fact, Trump’s administration spent the week jockeying among themselves to lead the response, while the stock market tumbled with losses not seen since the global financial crisis in 2008.
Top White House officials kept up the same mantra all day Friday.
The director of the National Economic Council Larry Kudlow told reporters that “people should not overreact” — from investors to everyday Americans. “Given what we know factually, it looks to me like the market had gone too far,” Kudlow said.
Acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney talked about the ongoing coverage of the coronavirus as an attempt by the media to politically damage the president during an election year.
Health officials, meanwhile, spent the last two days trying to determine how a California resident became infected with coronavirus and who else the patient may have exposed to it. This was the first potential case of coronavirus in the U.S. that had not been contracted from traveling abroad and potential sign it could spread throughout the U.S.
28 responses to “Ratched-ing Up the Worry”
Trump is Stephen King’s Pennywise come to life and trying to pull us all down into the sewer of lies and greed and sadism that he has created. He is the beast slouching toward Bethlehem to kill us. I usually try to be funny at this site but I am out of funny and worrying about what comes next in the dance macabre.
It’s hard to laugh at what’s going on now. Even if the virus doesn’t hit us bigly, there will still be shortages of a lot of things made in China, including medications (including antibiotics) that are only manufactured there. So, even if we don’t get a great number of virus sufferers here, how are people with other illnesses going to fare if they can’t get their medications? That would be a whole other health crisis.
Sugar, the kind tRUMP likes in his Sodas…is made in China.
Uhoh! This is going to get even uglier than I had imagined! 😯
I have no words for blatant, ignorant, biased, and hateful filled lies that are spewed to disparage Democrats.. Twitler just can not help himself even when it comes to a life threatening disease. It would be ironic if he should contract the corona virus or some family member. become ill. I saw on the news, a clip where he argued with Dr. Gupta about the severity and numbers regarding the virus. He continuously talked over a health care professional who has extensive knowledge of anything pertaining to disease. It boggles the mind to watch Trump in action. He is a danger to himself and others.
I saw when he cut off Gupta. He’s such an arrogant ass, and he doesn’t give a damn about anyone. If Adderall was manufactured only in China, he would have declared a national emergency weeks ago.
Hee hee. Very true. Ass is putting it lightly.
Then Trump called the coronavirus “their new hoax.”
Well, the stock market doesn’t think it’s a hoax, and unlike global warming, this is unfolding in the kind of time frame the stock market reacts to. And the stock market affects the interests of the financial parasite class, which the mainstream Republican party serves.
He’d have done better spinning this the opposite way — “Screech!!! Panic!!! The Chinese foreigner virus is going to kill us all unless we build a zillion giant walls and ban everybody from entering the country!!!” That way, whatever eventually does happen would look minor by comparison, and Trump could claim he saved the country from the apocalypse. By taking this tack, he’s ensured that every time the problem escalates, it’s going to clash with his chosen narrative.
And escalate it will, because those Bumbling Dicks are not going to be able to manage this.
You’re right again, Infidel. Making a big deal out of it would have covered his ass whether it gets really bad or if it gets better. Instead, his arrogant bluster never changes, and idiots like Pence-il-dick feed his ego, so he never learns a bit of humility.
P.S. I hid a little joke just for you. It might be a little difficult to discern.
The coronavirus on the presidential seal? Goddamn things are showing up everywhere now…..
Yep! I toyed with the idea of leaving it in color, but that would have been too obvious.
‘just when we think it can’t get any worse, it does.’ i hope this isn’t our mantra for four more years if the plague or global warming doesn’t get us first.
Could it be that a world health crisis is what it will take to bring Twitler down? What do all the cult members think about their 401Ks now? If this isn’t the end of him, I don’t know what it will take to get rid of him.
So…the first death from the coronavirus in the U.S. happened in Seattle right down the street from where one of my babies live. I’m not laughing and I’m not believing a g-damn thing Twitler says. We’re in trouble and all he can do is think about himself. This better bring him down!
Eleanor, I didn’t know one of your girls lives in Seattle. I thought they both lived close to you. I don’t believe a thing anyone from this administration says. I keep thinking back to George Schultz and Donald Rumsfeld and how they made a fortune from Tamiflu. Mnuchin and Kudlow were added to the task force, Why? Why the need for money guys to fight a virus? I would bet that they are there just to figure out how to personally capitalize from a pandemic. HHS’s Alex Azar doubled the price of insulin when he was in the private sector. Are these the guys we are suppose to believe have the people’s best interests at heart?
Yep—right in the thick of it all. That’s why this sh*t just got real for me, especially since they suspect the virus has been in the area for the past three weeks and at least 1500 people may be affected.
I agree with you about the money that pollutes all this. I hate it. God help us.
I was so excited, because my son decided to move to NYC from a small town in New Joisey. Now I wish he would stay in the small town, especially since Cuomo just announced the first known case in New Yawk. I keep thinking of my kid on the subway every day, and I have to admit it makes me a little nervous.
I have a daughter in NYC too…seems I can’t win against this virus when it comes to where my kids live.😢
Plus my grandson lives in NYC…🥴
No matter where we live, the virus is going to show up. That’s more or less a given. I’m surprised Floriduhhh hasn’t been hit harder. International airports, cruise ships and attractions where people are packed in like sardines. There are probably a shitload of people walking around who are asymptomatic but carrying the virus. The best we can do is wash, wash, wash our hands. Kids need to be taught the right way to wash their hands. I suggest altering a song they know, like Row, Row, Row Your Boat, and make it Wash, Wash, Wash My Hands, Let them sing that twice while washing their hands, just so they wash them for a long enough time. When I wash my hands, I actually sing the happy birthday song twice in my head so I know I am washing them long enough. Washing your hands well and for long enough is a good thing even when it’s not flu season or when there’s a pandemic.
We’ve just got to call it what it is — Trump Flu!
And his wife, the Flu-zee. Wash your hands, Elyse!!!! ❤
Actually, hand washing is really important. And not touching your face. Think about where you put your hands.
I have Crohn’s disease and am on immunosuppressive drugs. I’ve followed this protocol for 8 years, and while I’m more susceptible I get fewer colds and flu
I’m big on hand-washing. I sing the happy birthday song in my head two times while I am washing my hands to make sure I am washing them long enough. I was thinking of your Crohn’s when I mentioned washing your hands. I do worry about my blog sistah. Make sure you have at least 90 days worth of your meds. Not only are some meds only made in China, but the raw materials for drugs made elsewhere are made there, too. There is already one shortage of a widely used medication, but the FDA refuses to say which drug it is or what it’s for. It’s more important to them to protect a pharmaceutical company than the American public. 😡
U.S. cases: 1,329
U.S. deaths: 38
Panic Level: Mass Hysteria
U.S. cases: 60.8 MILLION
u.s. deaths: 12,469
Panic Level: None
Hello EWM, welcome to The Raisin! 😀
You have perfectly illustrated the hypocrisy of the Rethuglican party. Thank you. Hope you’ll stop by again.