Tuesday, May 12, 2020

What did Donald Trump do today?

He was very angrily "happy" for governors who are outpolling him.

Today, shortly before the lead infectious disease expert on his task force told the Senate that states should ignore Trump on the question of when they should reopen, Trump tweeted this:

It's not true that every governor has "sky high" approval ratings on their COVID-19 response. It's just that every single one of them is getting better marks than Trump for their handling of it.

This tweet represents one half of Trump's strategy, which is to take credit for any good news—in this case, the fact that Americans still have faith in their state governments—while shirking responsibility for any failures.

On the specific subjects of ventilators and tests, Trump previously said that it wasn't the federal government's job to provide any such help in a national health emergency. He specifically called his job a "backup," even while the federal government was bidding against states for desperately needed supplies, and in some cases, seizing them.

How is this a bad thing?

  • It's wrong to take credit for things you didn't do.
  • Presidents who are doing what the American people expect them to be doing don't need to ask people to "remember" it.
  • The health and safety of the American people is more important than Donald Trump's approval rating.