Trump fans have taken to social media lately to declare how they appreciate finally having a President who “tells it like it is.”
I’m sorry, but I’ve never known a sitting President to be so dismal at communication.
In all my life I have NEVER seen any person more obsessed with praising himself, and reminding everyone what a victim he is, than President Trump.
A virus that has already killed over 3,000 people around the world has reached the United States. As of this moment the CDC website says there are 99 confirmed U.S. cases and 10 deaths.
The messaging from every world leader affected is consistent with science: stay home, take precautions.
And here is part of the messaging from Donald Trump on the subject:
“… we have thousands or hundreds of thousands of people that get better, just by, you know, sitting around and even going to work — some of them go to work, but they get better.”
If you are wanting to argue that Trump is somehow correct, then you are missing the point.
Speculative statements like that are for someone else to say.
Leaders lead; pundits speculate.
If Trump cannot resist the impulse to speculate, then he should at least follow the speculation with clarification and lead.
For example, he could have said, “Some think we have had many unreported cases where people got better while more or less doing their normal routines. While that may be true, our counsel is to….”
Later, as the media discussed Trump’s mixed messages, Trump took to twitter to complain about what a victim he is of the press, and remind us what an amazing job he is doing.