It might be nice if the entire Trump mis-administration could have a meeting and agree exactly as to what their COVID-19 messaging really is. We heard from the Surgeon General in no uncertain terms that this next week was going to be like “Pearl Harbor” or “9/11.” Therefore, imagine our surprise, when Trump, Pence and Deborah Birx all got up at the Sunday briefing and started talking in luminous metaphorical (and perhaps metaphysical, as well) terms, about how this is a time of “light” and “hope.” The Hill:
The president and other members of the task force sought to assure the public that the country may be close to getting through the worst of the pandemic. While Trump spoke of a “light at the end of the tunnel,” Vice President Pence identified “glimmers of hope” and coronavirus response coordinator Deborah Birx said data from Italy was giving the U.S. “hope for what our future could be.”
The optimistic outlook was in stark contrast to comments made Sunday morning by Surgeon General Jerome Adams and Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
“This is going to be the hardest and the saddest week of most Americans’ lives,” Adams said on “Fox News Sunday,” comparing it to a modern Pearl Harbor or 9/11 moment.
Fauci said on “Face the Nation” that the U.S. is “struggling” to get the virus under control.
Not to sound like Cassandra, prophetess of doom, but I tend to think that this is going to get a lot worse before it gets better, for a couple of reasons. First and foremost, Florida is a mess right now because Ron DeSantis did nothing to control people gathering on the beaches. He was in the Matt Gaetz/hoax school of thought, and Florida is going to pay a price for that, unless I miss my guess. Secondly, other red states with Republican governors have noticeably lagged behind on stay-at-home orders and taking the pandemic seriously to begin with. This is an attitude egged on by Fox News, Rush Limbaugh and the evangelical pastors. That last group’s actions are truly egregious, because they are proclaiming that if you don’t “fear” the coronavirus, it can’t get you, because Gee-Suss will protect you. This kind of magical-thinking mindset would be comical, but for the fact that the level of irresponsibility it displays is criminal. Therefore, taking all these factors into account, I can’t see where we’ve already come through the worst of the coronavirus and it’s all downhill from here and we should breathe easy. I think we should hang on tight because the worst is yet to come. I hope I’m wrong. I want to be.