Monday, September 14, 2020

On the way out of town, burn it down is what we can expect from Donald Trump

Rick Wilson is the source of a now well known quote about Trump: “Everything Trump Touches Dies.”

  • COVID–19 deaths - check.
  • Western fires - check
  • Our democracy - check

I do not trust Trump to do anything positive for America. The question is: why would anyone trust him. Read on.

Egberto Willies at the Daily Kos reports on how Meet The Press nailed Trump: OUCH! Chuck Todd destroys Trump with his own words & that of his experts. And no whataboutism?].

Chuck Todd producers on Meet the Press came out with a piece that decimated Trump for lying about COVID–19 and the fatal results.

This piece is one of the best takedowns of the president that Chuck Todd and his producers have done to date. For once, they did not try to create a rationale or a whataboutism.

Todd queued up the piece reminding Americans that the Atlantic reported that Trump called soldiers losers and suckers. He then pointed out that Bob Woodward’s new book Rage and the released tape proved that the president knew all along with the danger, the deadliness, and infectiousness of COVID–19.

Trump, with his wording, admonished the president for lying to Americans as he spoke in public. He also made it clear that Republicans were complicit in the deceit.

Todd had a memorable phrase to debunk the president’s excuse that he lied to Americans to prevent panic, given that you do not yell fire in a crowded theater.

“Some Conservatives, but not many elected ones, defended the president for remaining calm saying you don’t yell fire in a crowded movie theater,” Todd said. “It’s true. But you do if the theater is actually on fire.”

Chuck Todd continued the piece by allowing the president’s secret vs. public words to become his judge, jury, and, hopefully, executioner. When one watches it side by side, it is devastating. Even a cult member could see the deception.

Subsequently, Todd had Dr. Anthony Fauci on who, unlike other times, was more forceful in his challenge of the president’s words. The president is an evil human being. What he has done is tantamount to voluntary manslaughter.

So much for trusting Trump

What Trump says doesn’t matter if voters don’t trust him says Jennifer Rubin at the Washington Post.

Recent reporting on President Trump’s private contempt for U.S. troops resonates because it echoes what he has said in public. His decision to lie to Americans about the covid–19 virus threat, reported in Bob Woodward’s new book “Rage,” has now been acknowledged by Trump. That, too, makes an impact in a country with at least 190,000 dead. What does not make an impact and what has not moved the polls are Trump’s serial attacks and conspiracy theories meant to convince the public that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is a socialist or “sleepy” or drug-enhanced (not sleepy then, but peppy) or a patsy for China.

Trump’s attacks bounce off Biden in part because he is a well-known and well-liked fixture in American politics. No one outside of the Trump cult actually thinks Biden is a socialist; no one in his right mind thinks Biden uses drugs to improve his performances in public. Equally important, however, is Trump’s utter lack of credibility with a supermajority of Americans. Frankly, they are not inclined to believe much of anything that comes out of his mouth.

The latest ABC News-Ipsos poll underscores the president’s problem. “Trump’s approval for his handling of COVID–19 lands at 35% in the new survey … compared to 65% who disapprove,” ABC News reports. “This marks the fourth straight poll with Trump’s COVID response approval hovering in the low-to-mid 30s since early July.” The public’s view of Trump is deeply entrenched and overwhelmingly negative. A huge majority (68 percent) simply do not trust what Trump says and remain convinced he acted too slowly (67 percent). (Also notable — 61 percent think Biden has more respect for the military; only 37 percent say Trump does.)

Trump can tell whatever fables he wants to his unmasked crowds. Right-wing media will uncritically report it. Supposedly respectable conservative pundits will credulously accept his excuses and then change the subject. (Hey, how about Bahrain!) His cultist spokespeople cannot provide a coherent explanation for the pandemic’s U.S. death toll. (Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel says we have more fatalities because we test more. Huh?)

Thankfully, news interviewers are becoming more insistent that administration figures address the Trump covid–19 lies that surely encouraged many Americans to forgo precautions. On Sunday, CNN’s “State of the Union” host Jake Tapper masterfully refused to let trade adviser Peter Navarro duck a question about Trump’s deceit. “I said you’re not answering the question,” Tapper told Navarro. “I would just like to remind the American people watching that the United States has less than 5 percent of the world’s population, and the United States has more than 20 percent of the world’s coronavirus deaths. That is a fact. It does not matter how many times [Trump] insults CNN.” Like most Americans, the news media has run out of patience with the president’s lies and those who enable him, amid a death toll more than three times that of U.S. troops lost in the Vietnam War.

Once the public stops believing a president, there is little he can say to change their minds. As a flawed character witness he no longer has the capacity to defend himself. The cynical meme that “nothing matters” could not be more mistaken. After four years of habitual lying, Trump has lost all credibility — and with it the ability to explain away nearly 200,000 American deaths.

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