I was gratified yesterday to hear columnist EJ Dionne confirm on the air something I already knew. He said that he was watching His Lowness’s press conference on the corona-virus, and that the channel he was watching had a small insert on the lower right with the current stock market trading. And lo and behold, the longer that Trump prattled brainlessly on, the farther and faster the stock market fell off of the cliff.
This should not amaze anyone, as the stock market is fully aware of what we’ve known all along, mainly that Trump is full of shit. On his first year in office, El Pendejo Presidente had all kinds of fun taking his petty revenge on companies that irritated him, by tweeting out nasty things about them, and watching their share value tumble. Finally, they stopped listening to him altogether, which is not good, as this causes uncertainty in the market, the thing it hates the most of all. If Trump announces some new program or boondoggle, Wall Street is left to react on instinct because, a) they have no idea if the plan will work as advertised, and b) they don’t know if it will happen at all.
If you’ve watched any of the press conferences from the mayors of various cities, or Governors of various states, you have noted a stark contrast. Those press conferences have a much darker tone, with much more somber numbers, and much more dire predictions. This is necessary because not only are they the ones having to make the hard, practical choices that the Trump administration is abdicating on, but they also have to combat the moonshine and pixie dust that Trump is trying to blow up everybody’s ass. And the longer that they let that doddering imbecile stand up there and hallucinate, the more worry, fear, and distrust is going to be sewn.
Which means that nobody will know when it’s actually over. Trump could stride out to that podium on Tuesday, with Tony Fauci right behind him, armed with statistics and graphs showing that the curve had flattened, and that two more weeks of lock down should do the trick. And nobody who doesn’t wear MAGA pajamas every night will believe a word of it. Trump hasn’t spoken a word of truth in 4 years, why start now? And mayors and governors sure as shit aren’t going to change a thing they’re doing until they start to see empirical evidence of it in their own states. And fear and confusion will continue to reign.
And even when it’s finally over, what happens next? If it turns out to not have been as bad as the mayors and governors were predicting, do people turn on them for having put them through unnecessary misery? Even when they get to work, and money starts flowing again, do they go back to spending, or do they fretfully hoard every penny in case the corona-virus is just taking a summer vacation? Who do they believe, and how much do they believe them?
The ultimate test of leadership is confidence and coordination in a time of crisis. And not only did the Trump administration lose that game, they never even showed up for spring training. What was needed from day one was a clear, concise, measured message, with common sense instructions and restrictions from the federal government, that coordinated down to help states handle the crisis. And what we got instead was a disjointed, nonsensical, delusional response whose only purpose was to cover the administration’s purely incompetent ass. They left those governors and mayors hanging out there in the wind on purpose, to use as scapegoats for whatever negative impacts come out of this whole disaster. Welcome to your government at work.
To know the future, look to the past.before the insanity of the 2020 election, relive the insanity of the 2016 GOP primary campaign, and the general election, to see how we got to where we are. Copies of President Evil, and the sequel, President Evil II, A Clodwork Orange are available as e-books on Amazon, at the links above. Catch up before the upcoming release of the third book in the trilogy, President Evil III: All The Presidents Fen