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How the Coronavirus Shattered Trump's Serene Confidence; and put untold numbers of Americans at risk.

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'Misinformation and cant, along with a kindred scorn for science and professional expertise: these things are pathogens, too. Counterfeit facts can polarize, alienate, disaffect, rouse misdirected rage, & foment social division. They come at a cost to our civility; at a time of pandemic, especially, they also come at a cost in human lives. During this dangerous period, a range of polls revealed that Republicans, in particular, trust Trump’s information on the virus more than that of the “lame-stream media.” Fake news and conspiracy theories are opportunistic viruses, and for many weeks there was no end to their spread. Trump cannot be forgiven for his preening & his belatedness.'  Friday,  the President spent much of his briefing berating a reporter and further alarming the public. If is better to be lucky than good, then  'Trump is not good. so  we must hope that he will be lucky.'

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The GOP enablers and liars are was responsible as Trump for the disaster we face. Take this jerk: Ron Paul, a former Republican Presidential candidate and a physician, wrote, "People should ask themselves whether this coronavirus 'pandemic' could be a big hoax, with the actual danger of the disease massively exaggerated by those who seek to profitfinancially or politicallyfrom the ensuing panic."

All politicians lie --but in 2020 the GOP owns fake news that kills.

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"When he's faced a problem, he has sought to somehow cheat or fix the outcome ahead of time so that he could construct a narrative that showed him to be the winner," said Michael D'Antonio, a Trump biographer. "And when it was all about feuds with other celebrities or contests over ratings or hotel branding, he could do that and no one cared enough to really check. And the bluster and bragging worked."

"But in this case, he tried that in the beginning , but you can't brag or bluster your way out of people dying. And I think more than the suffering, the human suffering!"

"It's been the inexorable quality of the data that's forced him to change."Only after viral projections grew more dire and markets began to tank did Mr. Trump shift tone and appear to take the threat more seriously, finally adopting a more aggressive set of policies to compel Americans to stay away from one another while trying to mitigate the economic damage."

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Used to Meeting Challenges With Bluster and Force, Trump Confronts a Crisis Unlike Any Before," by Peter Baker and Maggie Haberman: Mr. Trump is no stranger to crisis. He has spent a lifetime grappling with bankruptcy, fending off creditors, evading tax collectors, defending lawsuits, deflecting regulators, spinning reporters and dueling with estranged wives, usually coming out ahead, at least as he defines it. But these were crises of his own creation involving human adversaries he knew how to confront. Nothing in his background in business, entertainment or multiple marriages prepared him for the coronavirus pandemic now threatening America's health and wealth.

"Mr. Trump's performance on the national stage in recent weeks has put on display the traits that Democrats and some Republicans consider so jarring the profound need for personal praise, the propensity to blame others, the lack of human empathy, the penchant for rewriting history, the disregard for expertise, the distortion of facts, the impatience with scrutiny or criticism. For years, skeptics expressed concern about how he would handle a genuine crisis threatening the nation, and now they know."

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I think there is great insight in this report!

A new report sheds light on the psychological basis for Trump's support:An Analysis of Trump Supporters Has Identified 5 Key Traits | Psychology Today"The lightning-fast ascent and political invincibility of Donald Trump has left many experts baffled and wondering, "How did we get here?" Any accurate and sufficient answer to that question must not only focus on Trump himself, but also on his uniquely loyal supporters. Given their extreme devotion and unwavering admiration for their highly unpredictable and often inflammatory leader, some have turned to the field of psychology for scientific explanations based on precise quantitative data and established theoretical frameworks.


In a recent review paperpublished in the Journal of Social and Political Psychology, Psychologist and UC Santa Cruz professor Thomas Pettigrew argues that five major psychological phenomena can help explain this exceptional political event."

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and there is this in "The Atlantic: "Trump's Dangerously Effective Coronavirus Propaganda""The president's effort to play down the pandemic is being amplified by a coalition of partisan media, digital propagandists, and White House officials." Scholars who study modern disinformation tactics have identified this approach as "censorship through noise." (Steve Bannon, the former White House strategist, has described the strategy in blunter terms: "Flood the zone with sh*t.") "

My cynical friend, who sees irony in this, Lloyd Lofthouse thinks this "makes Trump's core followers the most susceptible victims of COVID-19. It would be horribly ironic if Trump destroyed the GOP's base with his lies and propaganda."

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