Sunday, April 12, 2020

What did Donald Trump do today?

He reminded Americans of who was to blame for the coronavirus pandemic: literally anyone but him.

Confined to the White House by the optics of traveling to his preferred Friday-to-Monday homes near Trump-branded golf courses, Trump spent most of the day on Twitter. He used the marathon tweet- and retweet-storm to try to shift blame for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic to President Obama, the news media, the World Health OrganizationDemocratic voters, China, state governors as a group, and—in a sudden but not surprising twist—Dr. Anthony Fauci, who is perhaps the only widely trusted figure in his administration's COVID-19 response.

None of these are new targets for Trump, but it may be the first time he's tried to invoke all of his main pandemic scapegoats in one day. 

Trump's outburst was likely triggered by a scathing new report in the New York Times about his refusal to listen to the advice of medical experts—including Dr. Fauci—when the pandemic could have been contained in the United States. In a CNN interview this morning, Fauci reluctantly confirmed the central points that the report raised, which is presumably what led to Trump retweeting the hashtag #FireFauci.

So what?

  • Presidents don't get to pick and choose what parts of their job they're really responsible for doing.
  • Inability to accept that you might not be good at everything, and blaming all failure on other people, is not a sign of good mental health.
  • Neither Barack Obama, the news media, the World Health Organization, Democrats, China, the nation's state governors, nor Anthony Fauci were President of the United States for the past three years.