Sunday, May 17, 2020

What did Donald Trump do today?

He congratulated himself.

Trump divided his time as usual for a weekend day, between Twitter and golf—although in this case, he had to content himself with calling into a televised charity golf event. One tweet read:

As usual, Trump did not elaborate on why he thought he was "doing REALLY well medically." He's continued to insist that a vaccine will be available almost instantaneously, a belief he's held unchanged for months even as his own staff has contradicted him. But he's also insisted that the pandemic will simply stop happening somehow, "vaccine or no vaccine."

There is also no evidence, from Trump or anyone else, of a major drug therapy breakthrough. Trials on one common antiviral drug, remdesivir, showed a little promise in reducing the length of symptoms, but is not a cure. Everything else Trump has hyped as a miracle cure, from the mildly dangerous anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquin to his extremely dangerous idea that household cleaners could kill the virus inside the body, has shown virtually no effect.

As of this evening, more than 91,000 Americans are known to have died of COVID-19, and unknown tens of thousands more have died undiagnosed. 

So what?

  • Declaring victory and going home doesn't work during a natural disaster.
  • The health and safety of the American people is more important than Donald Trump's ego.