Friday, March 06, 2020


Donald Trump hosted an impressive campaign rally on March 2 in Charlotte, where he evidently called for the impeachment of Pete Buttigieg, who is not currently an elected official, and Joe Biden, who is not currently an elected official. This may have been the rally which inspired the following:
If we assume this is solely about ego-gratificantion, we may be letting Donald Trump off easily. On Wednesday night

"A lot of people will have this and it's very mild. They'll get better very rapidly," Trump told Fox's Sean Hannity. "They don't even see a doctor, they don't even call a doctor. You never hear about those people."

"So you can't put them down in the category of the overall population in terms of this corona flu and/or virus," Trump continued. "So you just can't do that. So, if, you know, 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."

The CDC has advised that anyone exhibiting symptoms of coronavirus such as a fever, coughing, and/or shortness of breath stay home from work, avoid public areas as much as possible, and seek medical attention.

"You should restrict activities outside your home, except for getting medical care," the CDC's website states. "Do not go to work, school, or public areas. Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis."

Our impulse to attribute Trump's rallies to ego gratification has its corollary in our impulse to assume that the President gives out such wrong and dangerous advice because he believes it politically advantageous or because he's ill-informed or stupid.

A scientist plausibly argues

Paradoxically, thought, the stock market will not fully recover until the President focuses on stopping the epidemic rather than on the stock market. And his reputation will suffer the more sickness and death which follow as the virus spreads

Donald Trump is not stupid.  He was nominated for President by one of the two major political parties and was elected in an enormous upset.  In March, 2016 he maintained "I have a very good brain;" the following month, "I', like, a very smart person;" eight months later, "I’m, like, a smart person. I don’t have to be told the same thing in the same words every single day;" the following month, in January, 2017, "Trust me, I’m, like, a smart person."

And in October, 2017 the Wharton/University of Pennsylvania graduate stated "You know, people don’t understand. I went to an Ivy League college. I was a nice student. I did very well. I’m a very intelligent person."

He's a little insecure and extremely sensitive. Nonetheless, the betting here is that although exaggerating, the truth is not dramatically different. Nonetheless, even if it were, it doesn't take a very stable genius to realize that it there is a deadly virus going around and if you exhibit the symptoms, the best approach is not laissez-faire medicine, sitting around and letting nature take its course.

It's time we take the President at his word. He is not stupid. He is not crazy. He is interested in more than his reputation and probably himself  has investments in the stock market.  And he says this:

A lot of people will have this and it's very mild. They'll get better very rapidly. They don't even see a doctor, they don't even call a doctor. You never hear about those people.

President Donald J. Trump has access to the best medical professionals in this country and probably has heard from several of them. And he has encouraged people who may have coronavirus not even to call a doctor. That gives us a little idea of the motivation of this President- but goes where no news outlet is willing to go.

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