Thursday, March 26, 2020

What did Donald Trump do today?

He congratulated America.

At 12:48 a.m. this morning, Trump tweeted this:

Trump was "congratulating" the country on the passage of a bipartisan relief bill worked out in the Senate, aimed at cleaning up some of the horrendous economic damage that the prolonged economic shutdown is already causing.

Jobless numbers released today show that 3.3 million American workers lost their jobs in the past week. That number is almost five times higher than the previous record, set in 1982. 

US jobless claims surge to record 3.3m as America locks down ...

More than 1,100 Americans were dead from COVID-19 as of this afternoon. As of today, the United States passed Italy and China and now has the most diagnosed cases in the world. Hospital intensive care units, or ICUs, where the sickest patients must be cared for, are at or near capacity in New York, Atlanta, Los Angeles, New Orleans, and Alabama.

Trump has refused to accept any responsibility for the United States' lack of preparedness, although reporting is now uncovering just how much he knew—or should have known—while his administration sat idle and he scoffed at the idea that the U.S. could be affected in any way. 

His congratulations were not generally received well.

Why does this matter?

  • This is nothing to take a victory lap over.
  • Inability to understand or react appropriately to the emotional states of other people can be a sign of serious mental illness.