If there’s one image that captures the fear sweeping through the United States, it is the empty shelves where toilet paper usually sits. While the short-term realization is that this is simply a supply-demand issue brought on by panic shopping, the long-term messaging is this: TRUMP IS SO FULL OF SHIT, AMERICA RAN OUT OF TOILET PAPER!
Toilet paper takes center stage amid coronavirus outbreak. Be thankful we no longer use corn cobs and rope ends. https://t.co/iZg12GZhso
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) March 18, 2020
We all know Trump lies. He lies every day, any day, seemingly all day. Two months ago, The Washington Post reported that the Fact Checkers database had tallied 16,241 lies in Trump’s first three years in the White House. And recently, David Leonhardt from The New York Times’ reviewed all of Trump’s public statements on COVID-19. And guess what? He’s kept up the pattern. He’s still lying.
“January 22: Trump’s first public comment on coronavirus, when, asked if there were concerns about a pandemic (concerns that have been fully realized), he answered, “No. Not at all. And we have it totally under control. It’s one person coming in from China, and we have it under control. It’s going to be just fine.”
January 24: “It will all work out well.”
January 28: Trump retweeted One America News claiming Johnson & Johnson was creating a vaccine.
January 30: “We have it very well under control. We have very little problem in this country at this moment—five. And those people are all recuperating successfully.”
January 31: Trump limited air travel by foreigners who had recently traveled to China. He’s endlessly bragged about that move, but he didn’t accompany it with any other serious measures to contain COVID-19 in the U.S.
February 2: “Well, we pretty much shut it down coming in from China,” Trump claims in an interview with Sean Hannity.
February 10: with the U.S. drastically behind on testing: “Looks like by April, you know, in theory, when it gets a little warmer, it miraculously goes away.”
February 19: “I think the numbers are going to get progressively better as we go along.”
February 23: “We have [coronavirus] very much under control in this country.” And “We had 12 [people with the disease], at one point. And now they’ve gotten very much better. Many of them are fully recovered.”
A few days later, Trump seemingly started to realize there was a problem he couldn’t handle by simply denying it existed. So he started lashing out at others. On February 25 he was ranting about “Cryin’ Chuck Schumer.” The media was “panicking markets” by reporting on coronavirus, he tweeted on February 26. At a February 28 rally, he blamed “The Democrat policy of open borders.”
But that doesn’t mean he stopped also pretending everything was just fine. In the same period, he claimed “we’re going down, not up. We’re going very substantially down, not up” and “It’s going to disappear. One day—it’s like a miracle—it will disappear.”
On February 29, Trump claimed a vaccine would be available “very quickly” and that “my administration has taken the most aggressive action in modern history to confront the spread of this disease.” False and false.
March 2: Trump discovers that the flu also kills people, and tries to change the subject to the flu.
March 4: Trump tells Hannity that the fatality rate is lower than the World Health Organization’s latest number.
March 7: Asked if he’s concerned that the virus is getting closer to the White House, Trump responds “No, I’m not concerned at all. No, I’m not. No, we’ve done a great job.” This remark is made at Mar-a-Lago, before dinner with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. Three people at Mar-a-Lago that night have tested positive for coronavirus.
March 10: “It will go away. Just stay calm. It will go away.””
So, yeah. He’s just full of it. And we’re out of TP. And, I am personally fine with linking the two facts together. Forever in history.
Despite Trump’s nonstop crap, we will see some relief in the near future. Specifically, for the toilet paper shortage. The vast majority of toilet paper consumed by Americans is made in North America and will not be used more even if the coronavirus continues to spread. Jeff Anderson, President of Precision Paper Converters in Wisconsin says, “You are not using more of it. You are just filling up your closet with it.” Production will soon catch up to the frenzy, and delays will likely see the white stuff back on shelves in a few weeks.
The other shortage – of truth from Donald Trump – is something we still have to work on. Mark your calendars for November and let’s take the sh*t out!!