As of January 20, the Washington Post reports that Trump has made 16,241 false or misleading statements. It's difficult to know if Trump actually realizes he's lying or if he has convinced himself that what he wishes reality to be is real because he says it.
When Trump is lying to Cult members at his events, repercussions are difficult to identify other than a general contribution to the malaise that has descended on the nation during thepast three-plus years.
But, other than the Cult, who would believe anything Trump says? In a time of national emergency, having faith in the veracity of the chief executive's statements is even more important than during periods of relative calm.
Enter the coronavirus contagion. Trump has selected Vice-President Pence to take charge of the response, no doubt to have someone other than himself take the fall should things go poorly. Doo-doo is about to get real, and the b.s. artist is, once again, in way over his follicle turban.
As the governor of Indiana, Pence double-clutched on implementing a needle-exchange program proposed to help mitigate a devastating HIV epidemic among IV-drug users. Pence finally came around to implementation, but as emergency physician, professor in emergency and health policy and former Planned Parenthood president Leana Wen stated: "As Governor of Indiana, an HIV/AIDS epidemic flourished until he allowed public health-not ideology-to direct policy & response". Not exactly confidence inspiring!
It's not like we haven't had ample warning of what could happen if an actual emergency presented itself to Trump.
One of the first widely viewed instances of Trump's textbook sociopathy occurred in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria's 2017 direct hit of Puerto Rico. Trump casually flipped rolls of paper towels to victims, and congratulated himself on the low number of casualties after lying by understating the total by at least a factor of 50. Trump also continues to nurture a grudge against San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz who had the temerity to point-out the incompetence, corruption and, of course, the ever-present undercurrent of racism of Dear Leader and his administration.
When Trump faced a complicated and dangerous situation that arose when a U.S. contractor was killed in Iraq by alleged Iranian proxies, he reportedly took the most reckless option presented to him (what kind of fool would expect anything else?)-the call to assassinate Iranian General Qassem Soleimani. Why this action was even proposed in the first place remains a topic of controversy.
After Soleimani was killed by a U.S. drone in Iraq, Trump and Secretary of State Pompeo were all over the map on justifications for the operation. They contradicted one another about whether or not Soleimani was about to blow up U.S embassies, and how many embassies were to be blown up-all with no evidence presented whatsoever. To say this was a dangerous chaotic mess is an understatement. There was a distinct possibility of triggering a regional conflagration for who knows what reason other than incompetence, ignorance and hubris.
Unfortunately, fate has now dropped-kicked Trump and his B.S. through the goalposts of a domestic coronavirus epidemic.
In India, Trump recently claimed that the U.S. had the coronavirus situation well in hand; of coarse he probably had no idea, but was reportedly in a panic about the tanking U.S stock market, and hoped to assuage concerns. If the inherited robust U.S. economy tanks before election day, Trump's budding dictatorship might go south like one of his casinos.
Publicly, Trump immediately went to his one-page playbook that would be a word salad of superlatives with unlimited b.s. sticks. Does Trump have at his disposal: "a great group of talented people" or "a talented group of great people"? doesn't matter, he has no clue and no interest except staying in power and out of jail.
True to form, members of the Trump administration are contradicting their boss according to CNN: "President Donald Trump's optimistic statements about the coronavirus are increasingly being undermined by more alarming comments from public health officials in his own administration and warnings the outbreak is now certain to reach U.S. soil."
Just like another incompetent Republican sociopathic president who was blindsided by Hurricane Katrina, and subsequently failed tragically and comprehensively in the aftermath, Trump is manifestly clueless and incapable of empathy or compassion.Let's hope that somehow; among the obsequious nit-wits, grifters and fanatics that comprise the Trump administration, someone has sufficient competence to spearhead an effective response to the looming coronavirus epidemic, unfortunately especially considering the initial response - there is no reason to believe there is. B.S. and denial win, not win the day.