So it comes out in a new book by Bob Woodward that Donald Trump “downplayed” the whole Coronavirus thing because he didn’t want the country to panic. Of course, Democrats, seeing that they have an extremely weak candidate going up against Trump in the election and realizing they need something to stop Trump’s surge in the polls, have jumped on this like a bum on a bologna sandwich.
So, the question today is, did Trump do the right thing?
Biden is quick to state that the President really screwed up by not acting sooner, and downplaying the whole affair. Of course, this is coming from a guy that only now is starting to emerge from his basement. Let’s take a look at the facts today, shall we?
One of the things Trump has explained that he reasoned to stay positive was the economy. He didn’t want to see a run on the banks, the stock market tanking, and throwing the US into a deep-holed, Obama-era recession. So far, it was deep, but we are bouncing back rather quickly. The stock market rebounded and actually has made up most if not all of the losses. The unemployment rate that was teetering around 15-18% is down to single digits and falling every month.
Another thing Trump didn’t want to see is a run in the grocery stores. We saw that anyway. Do you remember what it was like to try and buy toilet paper? I remember going to Costco and running through hordes of people trying to get a big 36 roll package. Oh, i got it, but I was out of breath for a week (and I set a new Olympic record for the mile run). TP wasn’t the only thing that was missing on a lot of grocery store shelves. Here where I live baking supplies were non-existent. Flour, sugar, salt, yeast were in such short supply that when it was available, it was rationed. A lot of places even rationed meat. So, can you imagine if Trump would have given the “apocalypse speech” that Biden was given during the daily briefings, how bad it would have been?
One of the few things that went down in price during the pandemic was gasoline prices. Of course, that was because no one was driving anywhere. We were all sheltering in place at home. But can you imagine what would have happened if Trump would have come out and said that the sky was falling, and that this was going to kill everybody in America?
No, I think Trump gave a rather measured response. I was no fan of his daily briefings. I thought he was a cheerleader way too often, and credited himself for saving the world way too much. I still feel that way. I don’t give him passing marks for how HE handled the COVID-19 affair. I give Mike Pence passing grades, and the CDC a lot better mark. But Trump? He gets a D+ at best. But I will say, he didn’t panic America. Was he perfect in his speeches? Nope. Not a bit. Remember wanting to have this thing behind us by “Easter”? What happened to that? Here in the desert, we just went into Phase Two this past Friday. That was after three and a half months (when it was supposed to be two weeks) in Phase One.
But we have turned the corner, much to the Democrats chagrin. By November I feel this will be a distant memory in a really weird year. And Joe Biden is going to have to have something else on his plate besides Coronavirus to scream about. It ain’t going to be the economy, stupid this time around!
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!