President Trump’s bombastic style has served him well through many stages of his political career, but as the coronavirus spreads rapidly throughout the United States, it is exposing how deeply unsuited he is to deal with a genuine crisis that he can’t bluff his way through.

It’s one thing for Trump to insist he had a “perfect” phone call and have all his Republican minions fall in line. It’s another thing to downplay a growing epidemic as more and more Americans get sick.

On Feb. 26, Trump patted himself on the back for the relatively low number of cases in the U.S. “You have 15 people, and the 15, within a couple of days, is going to be down to close to zero, that’s a pretty good job we’ve done,” he said. By March 5, he was tweeting that the U.S. had “only 129.” Just a day later, he said there were 240 cases, portraying this as a low number relative to the seasonal flu.

Sunday morning, he avoided stating any number in touting, “We have a perfectly coordinated and fine tuned plan at the White House for our attack on coronavirus. We moved very early to close borders to certain areas, which was a Godsend. V.P. is doing a great job. The Fake News Media is doing everything possible to make us look bad. Sad!”

As of this writing, Johns Hopkins has tracked 428 cases in the U.S.

When Trump was elected, many of his critics feared that he could talk the U.S. into a nuclear war.

Those fears have not been realized, as Trump has generally proven averse to military conflict — actually more averse than many of his predecessors.

He’s also overcome a number of scandals through a combination of relentless attacks on the media and his political enemies and overreach among his opponents in both camps. But this is something different.

Trump will be judged on his handling of the spread of a virus. And the outcome will be clear no matter how many things he makes up, no matter how confident he pretends to be, and no matter how many insults he heaves.

If anybody was hoping that Trump had the ability to rise to the moment, his comments upon touring the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention should disabuse them of that notion.

Jack Burt

Inverness

(25) comments

lancel44

If Trump is concerned that the "pause" on everyday life is worse than the virus running rampant, then he's clearly not understanding the situation. 58% of ICU cases in New York are <40 years old. The virus has barely spread yet and hospitals are already out of beds and down to their last 10 days of supplies. What will happen if they reach capacity?

He cares for 1 thing: the stock market and his re-election. He could care less about the American people. But, I think we already knew that...

Ssabmud

There is one other thing that that Trump cares about, a lot. Trump cares about being blamed for this whole thing. He is going to make this big show of opening the economy back up as far as he is concerned, but that he won't mind if the governors keep people in lock down. This way, when it all falls apart he has his scapegoats and can say that HE worked so hard to save the economy AND the health of everyone, but that the governors really messed it all up. They did it, not me.

SHC

The networks should stop televising Trump's daily briefings live. He makes the situation worse by lying about the virus situation (e.g., the lie about the drug combo being available "immediately," which Dr. Fauci had to correct and which has caused a shortage of those meds for other purposes).

Trump is also using the briefings as political stagecraft, attacking the media and political opponents to rile up his base. As his flunkies line up to kiss his rear end and sing his praises, the briefings become indistinguishable from a political rally.

What Trump says is newsworthy by virtue of his office, but networks need to review their mission, which is to inform the public. Carrying the briefings live actively works against that mission.

Ssabmud

It would be much better if they let Gov. Cuomo or Vice President Biden give the briefings. Vice President Pence can't do it because all he can get out of his mouth is ignorant praise for Trump. He sounds like a really bad lackey to the king. Trump has been defeated by the Trump Virus. He wants to be the war leader in what he calls the 'hidden enemy' war, yet he doesn't even know how to load a weapon. Get Trump off the stage so that the country might stand a chance. Most of all, right now, get rid of A.G. Barr. The man is making a power grab in the middle of a crisis when people are losing their livelihoods, businesses and loved ones. What a freakin' snake this guy is.

crizor

Biden is NOT Vice President. Get up to speed. Besides he can't string together 2 complete sentences with out skrewing it up. Even with a teleprompter. So, he's the last one who should be in charge of anything.

Ssabmud

Biden will always hold the title of Vice President, crizor, whether you like it or not, just as Trump will always be impeached. Grow up.

lancel44

The difference is Biden knows exactly what needs to be done. He'll have a great VP and team arround him. Just the opposite of trump. BTW, trump when he isn't on a teleprompter..it's more or less incoherent blathering that makes no sense. Even messing up his verbage once in awhile, Biden's fundamental message makes sense.

CitrusCo Citizen

Right, and Bush should not be called President Bush, Reagan is not President Reagan, and Lincoln is not President Lincoln, according to Crazor.

lancel44

there are 177 new confirmed COVID-19 cases in Florida, the state announced Sunday evening, bringing the total to 1,007.

Of that 1,007, Broward County has 217 and Miami-Dade County has 227, accounting for 23% of the state’s total and surpassing Broward as the county with the highest number of positive cases.

The lone death since Saturday evening’s report from the state was the first in the coronavirus pandemic from Palm Beach County, which had a 13-case rise in total cases (72). Florida’s death toll now stands at 13 or 1.57% of the state’s case total. Only 11,000 tested out of 22 million.

As for total numbers tested in Florida, 11,270 people have been tested, with 9,330 negative results and 933 pending. The state’s monitoring 1,147 people.

CitrusCo Citizen

Wow. Just wow. What will tomorrow bring?

CitrusCo Citizen

"Tomorrow-today" brought one more death of a Floridian (n=14), and 1171 positive cases with many more pending test results. It creeps up every day. Check floridahealth.gov and click on arrow pointing to Coronavirus. They update the sad data at 11 am and 2 pm daily. OR just go bike, hike, walk, swim or read a good book. Much better for physical and mental health.

CitrusCo Citizen

Correction: updated at 6pm. Now all multipurpose bike trails, many boat ramps, county parks and state parks are closed. Nothing to do but keep walking around the block again and again. Many car + pedestrian or bike fatalities or serious injuries will very likely occur.

CitrusCo Citizen

Will there even be any test kits left for Florida residents, if and when it's our time to be tested? I don't think so.

Ssabmud

Sorry, CitrusCo Citizen, The Villages just got all the tests. You can drive over there if you want to get tested, which you can do there even without symptoms.

CitrusCo Citizen

Thanks SSabmud. Good to know just in case. So we don't have to prove that we are Villages residents, Republicans, and golfers? Great!

DAYSTO

Someone made the mistake and Citrus County will not receive the 300 test kits.

Also, Clown wants to open everything by Easter??/ So glad he's in a rush. Forget about all the people dying. Yet, what would he do if it were someone in his family? What a Straight Clown!!!

DAYSTO

As Usual, The Clown is pointing the finger at others and blaming the media. What Sane person does this in a Crisis? SMH.....

CitrusCo Citizen

We need a leader, not a liar.

lancel44

We are all in deep trouble. The briefings are basically stagecraft and lies.

Hospitals aren't getting equipment , people aren't bieng tested and supplies are running out, hospitals are overwhelmed. This county will be hit hard because of it's blaze attitude and late response.

MikeBond

If my US Senators had upheld their sworn duty this never would have happened. They are both cowards and liars as well.

crizor

Insert - Eye Roll here.

MikeBond

Did you hear any marbles rolling around?

Ssabmud

Have learned to ignore that particular sound.

CitrusCo Citizen

HAHA! Thanks for my daily laugh!

DAYSTO

That's a real good one .....LOL

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