10 ways that Trump has mishandled the coronavirus pandemic
10 ways that Trump has mishandled the coronavirus pandemic
There's no denying that Trump has failed the American people by grossly mishandling the COVID-19 pandemic.
Here are 10 key ways that his incompetence, arrogance, and ineptitude have allowed the coronavirus to get out of control in the United States.
1. Refusing to take responsibility
Trump doesn't believe he's responsible for how he and his administration are dealing with the crisis. When asked by reporters about it, he said, "I don't take any responsibility at all." (Chait)
2. Shutting down the White House pandemic office
Trump closed the White House's National Security Council Directorate for Global Health Security and Biodefense in 2018, despite official briefings starting even before his inauguration about the threat posed by pandemics. (Cameron) (Toosi, et. al.)
3. Ignoring intelligence warnings
Trump ignored dire warnings in January and February from U.S. intelligence agencies about the coronavirus pandemic, downplaying the threat and blocking necessary preparations. (Harris, et. al.) He also stonewalled inquiries from Congress starting in early February. (Brodey and Stein)
4. Failing to test early
Trump failed to mobilize the government and private sector to establish testing early on to contain the spread of the virus. (Shear, Goodnough, et. al) Dr. Fauci calls the lack of early testing "a failing" of the U.S. response. (Hellmann) Now, we're left with lockdowns and intense social and economic disruptions to try to mitigate the damage.
5. Failing to procure medical supplies
Trump failed to marshal the powers of the federal government to procure the medical supplies and hospital beds needed to meet the scale of this public health crisis. For instance, if the Trump administration had reacted in February to the ventilator shortage, the shortage would have been resolved by mid-to-late April. Because the administration failed to appropriately respond, we might not have enough ventilators until early June, at best. (Sanger, et. al.)
6. Spreading lies and misinformation
Early in the crisis, Trump said that the coronavirus would simply disappear. "It's going to disappear. One day it's like a miracle—it will disappear." (Paz) Then, he promoted a risky antimalarial drug as a treatment, with no evidence. (Paz) He accused governors of not needing the personal protective equipment and ventilators they asked for, and he accused health care workers of stealing and selling masks. (Paz) (Collins) And he still continues to spread lies and advance his own political agenda, boasting about his poll numbers and television ratings.
7. Appointing Mike Pence to run the White House Coronavirus Task Force
Pence has a history of skepticism and denialism around science and a record of poor response to public health crises as governor of Indiana. (D'Antonio)
8. Blocking access to health care, which puts all of us at risk
Trump and his Republican lackeys in Congress refuse to pay for coronavirus and COVID-19 medical care—except for testing. (Rosenthal and Huetteman) But even the testing provision is full of loopholes, with reports that people are showing up at hospitals to get tested and then getting billed thousands of dollars because, while the tests are free, the emergency room visits are not.
9. Favoring governors who are political allies
When distributing lifesaving medical supplies, Trump says only states with governors who are “appreciative” of him should get what they need. Trump is pitting states against one another and valuing human life based who likes him the most. He should be distributing supplies based on most urgent need and fostering cooperation in this national emergency. (Olorunnipa, et. al)
10. Failing to hire competent experts to manage this crisis
Trump and his administration are incompetent, and, as a result, people are needlessly dying. There is tremendous turnover in key administration positions, many positions are left unfilled, and people are often unqualified for their appointed jobs. This results in horrifying incompetence in the best of times, and catastrophic inadequacy now. Trump's political strategy is to falsely repeat over and over that the coronavirus is unprecedented, that no one saw it coming, and that his response has been "great." (Haltiwanger)
Now people are dying (Almukhtar, et. al.) (Shear, Crowley, et. al.), our economy is crumbling, and Americans are losing their jobs and their healthcare. (Cox) All because Trump has no clue what he’s doing, and Mark Amodei has defended Trump and propped him up for the last four years (Jones).
It’s time for Trump/Amodei to go! Together, we can remove this administration of Trump cultists and rebuild an America in which everyone can thrive. (Jones) I’m the only candidate who stands a chance of beating Amodei in November, and I’d be honored to have your support.
Stay safe and well,
Almukhtar, et. al. "Coronavirus in the U.S.: Latest Map and Case Count" The New York Times, accessed April 8, 2020
Brodey and Stein "Congress Wanted Answers From Trump on Coronavirus. He Blew Them Off." The Daily Beast, March 20, 2020, accessed April 8, 2020.
Cameron "I ran the White House pandemic office. Trump closed it." The Washington Post, March 13, 2020, accessed April 8, 2020.
Chait "Trump: 'I Don't Take Responsibility at All'" New York, March 13, 2020, accessed April 8, 2020.
Collins "Trump could help solve the mask problem. Instead he's making baseless attacks on New York nurses." Vox, March 30, 2020, accessed April 8, 2020.
Cox "Coronavirus job losses could total 47 million, unemployment rate may hit 32 percent, Fed estimates" NBC News, March 30, 2020, accessed April 8, 2020
D'Antonio "Mike Pence is exactly the wrong guy for this job" CNN, February 27, 2020, accessed April 8, 2020.
Haltiwanger "Trump said his coronavirus response has been a perfect '10.' Public-health experts say that it's 'abysmal' and that he needs to 'stop talking.'" Business Insider, March 17, 2020, accessed April 8, 2020.
Harris, et. al. "U.S. intelligence reports from January and February warned about a likely pandemic" The Washington Post, March 20, 2020, accessed April 8, 2020.
Hellman "Top health official Fauci: People in US not easily getting coronavirus testing 'is a failing,'" The Hill, March 12, 2020, accessed April 8, 2020.
Jones "President Trump's Job Approval Rating Up to 49%" Gallup, March 24, 2020, accessed April 8, 2020
Olorunnipa, et. al "Governors plead for medical equipment from federal stockpile plagued by shortages and confusion" The Washington Post, March 31, 2020, accessed April 8, 2020.
Paz "All the President's Lies About the Coronavirus" The Atlantic, March 24, 2020, accessed April 8, 2020.
Rosenthal and Huetteman "He Got Tested for Coronavirus. Then Came the Flood of Medical Bills." The New York Times, March 30, 2020, accessed April 8, 2020.
Sanger, et. al. "Slow Response to the Coronavirus Measured in Lost Opportunity" The New York Times, March 24, 2020, accessed April 8, 2020.
Shear, Crowley, et. al. "Coronavirus May Kill 100,000 to 240,000 in U.S. Despite Actions, Officials Say" The New York Times, March 31, 2020, accessed April 8, 2020
Shear, Goodnough, et.al "The Lost Month: How a Failure to Test Blinded the U.S. to Covid-19" The New York Times, March 28, 2020, accessed April 8, 2020.
Toosi, et. al. "Before Trump's inauguration, a warning: 'The worst influenza pandemic since 1918'" Politico, March 16, 2020, accessed April 8, 2020.