Donald Trump has a new critic – himself. During Tuesday’s Coronavirus Task Force briefing, the president stated with no hint of irony, “A lot of people said – a lot of people have thought about it. Ride it out. Don’t do anything. Just ride it out and think of it as the flu. But it’s not the flu.”
No, your eyes and ears did not deceive you this entire time. This is indeed the same man who has repeatedly written off all warnings about the coronavirus and compared it to – you guessed it – the flu.
Donald Trump has a habit of bending history to fit new narratives. With this administration, it’s as if every day a big red ‘reset’ button is hit and the public is supposed to forget any past misdeeds.
On March 14th, the Surgeon General insisted that there should be “no more finger pointing and criticism” and called for “less stories looking at what happened in the past.” Then on March 17th, the president claimed that he “always knew [COVID-19] would be a pandemic all along.”
Here’s the thing: words matter, facts matter and the past matters.
Had we heeded global warnings about the new virus, perhaps our curve would be flattening like South Korea, a country who identified the first case of COVID-19 the same day as the United States.
After many months, it finally seems as if the president is starting to echo the sentiments of health experts. As U.S. rates of COVID-19 rise exponentially every day, we’ve got a long way to go to flatten the curve. As the numbers now show, the U.S. has had the worst response to the outbreak out of any other country in the world. In fact, it’s gotten so bad, that officials are now predicting hundreds of thousands of deaths in the coming weeks and months.
Unfortunately, the president’s past mistakes have put us in a precarious position. There is no more room for ‘fake news’ or ‘alternative facts.’ We must act decisively, and honestly, for the future of the republic — and our lives.