Will the Coronavirus be Trump's Hurricane Katrina?

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  1. crankalicious profile image91
    crankaliciousposted 3 weeks ago

    First, it's really too early to tell, so this is entirely speculation.

    Second, I honestly think there wasn't/isn't much President Trump can do to stop the spread of a virus of this type. Sure, not cutting funding for the agencies tasked with solving such crises is one thing he could have done, but overall, pandemics of this nature are hard to stop. What I'm saying is that, short of over-preparing for some unknown contagion, a President doesn't have a lot of power to stop such things.

    That all said, what people expect during times such as these is leadership. They expect the President to consult his experts, put them in charge of the response, and then to reassure the American people that everything possible is being done to solve the problem.

    What they do not want is constant misinformation, guessing, lying, and blaming others for everything that goes wrong. They do not want the President to focus on his poll numbers and keep a scorecard of how many dead we have compared to other countries.

    Usually, when these challenges hit a Presidency, it becomes a true measuring stick. This isn't an attack on the President by the Democrats. This is something President Trump is facing and whether he does it well or poorly, his response will change how Americans see him.

    1. IslandBites profile image86
      IslandBitesposted 3 weeks agoin reply to this

      He already has a Katrina...

      But we dont count, so yeah, maybe coronavirus it is.

      1. peoplepower73 profile image92
        peoplepower73posted 3 weeks agoin reply to this

        This is the point where real science and health expertise are going to bite him in the butt with his hunches and all his happy talk.  He can't use deal making and his attorney's to make the virus go away and fix the stock market.  However, his base could care less about science and real economics.  They will believe anything he and fox news says.

    2. Live to Learn profile image78
      Live to Learnposted 3 weeks agoin reply to this

      I agree he will be judged by how this plays out. But, I hope the public will remember the media and Democrat outrage, screaming he was xenophobic when he immediately enforced a travel ban. Had we backed that and questioned if we needed more done to combat a potential spread I do wonder how we would stand at this point.

      1. crankalicious profile image91
        crankaliciousposted 3 weeks agoin reply to this

        He imposed a travel ban and it spread anyway.

        Most experts I watched said a travel ban was pointless and actually could hurt efforts because we would be unable to figure out where people contracted the virus since people with the virus would get into the country by other means.

        Isn't that precisely what happened in Washington?

        Again, not sure it matters since nothing Trump did or didn't do would make a whole lot of difference. However, listening to your scientists is usually a good idea.

        1. Live to Learn profile image78
          Live to Learnposted 3 weeks agoin reply to this

          I guess the experts disagree. One's I've heard praised the move as a way to create time to prepare. It's moot,anyway. It's here.

          Best we can do is keep our heads and hope for the best.

          1. crankalicious profile image91
            crankaliciousposted 3 weeks agoin reply to this

            And wash our hands correctly and regularly...

            And not cough on other people.

            1. Live to Learn profile image78
              Live to Learnposted 3 weeks agoin reply to this

              It's amazing we have to point that out.

              1. crankalicious profile image91
                crankaliciousposted 3 weeks agoin reply to this

                Unfortunately, the same "scientists" who are pushing the hand-washing thing are the same ones pushing the climate change hoax, so it's hard to know whether they're just lying to us again to increase soap sales.

                1. peoplepower73 profile image92
                  peoplepower73posted 3 weeks agoin reply to this

                  Crank:  So the scientist at the CDC are also pushing "the climate change hoax" ? And they are doing it to increase the sale of soap as well? 

                  Here is something that is not a hoax:  Trump wants to get temporary tax cuts for hourly workers.  But only until after the elections in November.  There is only one reason for it to end in November, it's to increase Trump's numbers for re-election.

                  And what he calls tax cuts are really cuts in social security and medicare for hourly workers.  It's just another way for the GOP to cut back what they call "entitlements." How many hourly workers are going to invest in the stock market?

                  1. crankalicious profile image91
                    crankaliciousposted 3 weeks agoin reply to this

                    I was being facetious. Why would a Trump supporter believe any scientist about anything when they're all liars and pushing climate change to benefit themselves financially?

                    This whole hand-washing thing is perpetrated by the makers of hand soap and hand sanitizer, right?

                  2. Live to Learn profile image78
                    Live to Learnposted 3 weeks agoin reply to this

                    And here we go again.

                    https://www.washingtonpost.com/business … ick-leave/

                    Paid sick leave for hourly workers as part of the things to help during the corona virus.

                    But, orange man bad. Let's pretend it's political so we can all enjoy an outrage.

    3. MizBejabbers profile image89
      MizBejabbersposted 3 weeks agoin reply to this

      As someone has pointed out, he already has a Katrina. I predict this will be his Waterloo. In addition to all his Pollyanna talk about the virus not being anything to worry about, he told worried people to go back to work. After a public outcry, including this being disputed by medical authorities, he backpedaled faster than a Louisiana crawdad and said that he meant "work at home". To "go" anywhere would mean leaving home, so that ole dog don't hunt."  Once again his gunpowder mouth overloaded his powderpuff a$$ as we say in my neck of the woods. But at least we know an honest man when we hear one, and we ain't heard one in the Whitehouse in a long time. Seems like the stock market staying down overrides anything he has to say anymore. Financial experts are predicting that we are headed into a bear market.

      Meanwhile, Congressmen Ted Cruz and Matt Gaetz have gone into self-quarantine because they say they came in contact with a CPAC attendee who tested positive for COVID-19. However, the experts say that they should have exhibited symptoms by this time if they had the virus. We wish them well.

      https://www.cnn.com/asia/live-news/coro … index.html

  2. Shrikant6989 profile image82
    Shrikant6989posted 3 weeks ago

    I dont think that the Coronavirus would play any significant role in the US elections.

 
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