The daily White House coronavirus
briefings have made me cringe, scream, shake my head, and even laugh!
The President of the United States offers medical advice, minimizes
the coronavirus, injects partisanship into his remarks, and generally
treated these critical briefings as his daily open mike. He uses his
bully pulpit to praise and to scold, saving particular scorn for the
media. Not only is this man vindictive, but also brusque and
ignorance hit a nadir, though, when he suggested, on April 23, that
sunlight and heat might heal the coronavirus. Then he said that
since bleach and other disinfectants could rid surfaces of the
coronavirus, bleach and disinfectants might also work on people. His
comment was so alarming that Lysol should not be used internally,
"Under no circumstances should our disinfectant products be
administered into the human body through injection, ingestion, or any
other route," a Lysol spokesperson told NBC News. A day later,
he attempted to explain his remarks, but he outright lied about what
45 this ignorant, or is he merely deflecting from the many mistakes
he has made, as our nation's leader, in combating the deadly and
highly infectious virus.? From urging people to go to church on
Easter Sunday (he took it back), to telling states they can open for
business before testing results are back, he has taken the nation's
health into his hands and imperiled our collective health as a
result. Not to mention his enthusiastic embrace of
hydroxychloroquine, touting it in several press briefings as a
"game-changer." The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has
cautioned against the use of the drug except in a hospital setting or
clinical trial. Did 45 ask for their advice? Or did he go to med
school when none of us were looking?
the daily briefings, I've been extremely impressed by Dr. Anthony
Fauci, the blunt-talking director of the National Institute of
Allergy and Infectious Diseases. While he is not disagreeable, he is
not afraid to openly disagree with 45. He's been leading NAIAD since
1984 and was instrumental in working on ways to contain the HIV/AIDS
epidemic. The President seems so tone-deaf to Dr. Fauci's advice and
the advice of Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House Coronavirus Response
Coordinator. Previously, she served as the United States Global
Coronavirus Response Coordinator. Watching her body language when 45
speaks suggests that she does not have to contradict him verbally to
make her displeasure. When he ignores the advice of these medical
experts, he endangers our health. According to the President, there
has been sufficient testing. Most experts disagree. He says that
anyone who wants a test can get one. That's a bald-faced lie.
Indeed Larry Hogan, the governor of Maryland, had to get 500,000
tests from South Korea because the federal government either didn't
have them or would not distribute them.
Trump has missed no opportunity to praise himself for doing "a
great job" in combating the coronavirus. He has missed no
opportunity to demean or condescend to the media. He has turned a
severe world pandemic into a chance to bloviate, lie, and offer
self-congratulations. I laugh to keep from screaming, even though
since I'm sheltering in place, no one would hear me. While there is
nothing funny about a virus that has, in just a couple of months,
killed more than 50,000 people, some of the Trump remarks are
amusing, amazing, and, ultimately, disgusting.
White House attitude toward the states also endangers our health.
Disaster relief funds include money for hospitals. It also has money
available for the states. But through a murky set of rules, the
states cannot use the funds for state operations, only for COVID-19
related expenses. How do we tell the difference, especially when
state operations (including health operations) are strained by the
virus? Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the states can go
bankrupt. These attitudes are hazardous to our health.
President is not concerned with our physical health, but with his
political health. That is why he has sparred with governors, the
press, and others. That's why he has been opposed to mail ballots,
even as he casts them himself. That's why he has approached a dire
situation with bluster and braggadocio. That's why he has failed to
wear a mask, failing to model the kind of behavior all of us,
including his acolytes, should emulate.
are looking for a vaccination against the coronavirus. Our nation
needs protection against our President.