From day one the idea of a Donald Trump presidency was always an absurd and grotesque proposition. And, now we're being bludgeoned daily by the byproducts of the criminal incompetence of President Pennywise and his personal brigade of obsequious fools.
With the almost limitless bench of sociopathic grifters at the Republican Party's disposal, it somehow managed to insinuate the person least capable of negotiating a natural (or unnatural) disaster into the White House.
Early on in Trump's catastrophic handling of the federal government's coronavirus response, Trump was presented with the opportunity to tee-up a softball question from NBC's Peter Alexander, and hit it out of the park during a press conference. Instead, he "threw his bat away" according to the Washington Post's D.J. Dion.
Alexander asked Trump what he had to say to the millions of Americans who are alarmed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Someone that understands the fundamental role of "president" would have seized the moment - may have even thanked Alexander for the question - because it would have been the perfect opportunity to calm millions of concerned Americans and unite the country.
Trump could have begun by stating that he would take it upon himself to indefatigably work to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus by fully leveraging the considerable resources of the federal government. He could have pledged to coordinate with state governments to assure that all mitigation efforts would be consistent nation wide. He could have emphasized that federal agencies would address any shortages of equipment or resources and recruit private industry to ramp-up equipment production where feasible, or where not, coordinate procurement internationally. Also, that federal agencies would allot critical equipment where needed most, and strive to react proactively and efficiently to maximize effective and equitable distribution of limited resources when necessary.
Trump could have reminded Americans that we're in this together and that we must cooperate with one another and with officials to minimize infections and fatalities and to move past the emergency as soon as possible - no-brainer leadership-101 stuff.
Instead, President Pennywise refused to even attempt to answer Alexander's question. Rather, he attacked Alexander for asking what he felt was a "very nasty" question while impugning Alexander's journalistic integrity. In other words, he threw his bat away.
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