In every major American crisis there is a moment when the whole world can see the true character of a president.
It happened to George W. Bush when he was photographed staring down at the wreck of Hurricane Katrina from the luxurious comfort of Air Force One after his government failed to respond adequately at the federal level. The picture made him look distant and unloving, and worst of all a weak and ineffective leader. He never recovered from it.
For Bill Clinton it came with his infamous statement "I had no sexual relationships with this woman, Ms. Lewinsky". When it turned out that he actually had multiple sexual relationships with this woman, his reputation was badly damaged.
Conversely, for John F. Kennedy, one could refer to his rousing speech from 1962, in which he urged America to go to the moon and instilled a spirit of unlimited optimism in the Americans when he triggered a deep, persistent popularity that continues to this day .
Likewise for Ronald Reagan, his bold "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!" The command at the Berlin Brandenburg Gate to the leader of the Soviet Union consolidated its place in history.
For President Donald J. Trump, there have been many dark moments during his catastrophic coping with the coronavirus pandemic, which may determine his presidency.
For President Donald J. Trump, there have been many dark moments during his catastrophic coping with the coronavirus pandemic, which may determine his presidency
During an extraordinary HBO interview with Jonathan Swan (right) from AXIOS (right), President Trump revealed why the US has become a terribly bad template for NOT fighting Covid-19
But last night, during an extraordinary HBO interview with AXIOS 'Jonathan Swan, he showed why the United States has become a terribly bad template for NOT fighting Covid-19.
In an attempt to defend its unjustifiable record, and in particular why the US has one of the worst mortality rates in the world, Trump suddenly produced a collection of graphics.
"Look at some of these diagrams," he said. "This is where the United States is lowest … in numerous categories … lower than the world."
& # 39; In what? & # 39; said an incredulous swan.
"Look," Trump said, handing him the card.
Swan, a very good and well-prepared journalist, studied the map quickly and forensically.
"Oh, you do death in part of the cases," he replied. "I'm talking about death as part of the population."
"Well … well …" Trump stammered.
"The US is really bad there," insisted Swan, "much worse than South Korea, Germany, etc."
"You can not!" exclaimed Trump.
"Why can't I do that?" Swan asked, understandably looking confused.
"You have to go through the cases," Trump said. "We are the last, which means that we are the first!"
It was a breathtaking exchange.
George W. Bush was photographed as he stared at the wreck created by Hurricane Katrina from the luxurious comfort of Air Force One after his government's extremely inadequate response at the federal level
Notoriously, Bill Clinton said, "I had no sexual relationships with this woman, Ms. Lewinsky." He is pictured when he was removed from office
Here, the President of the United States told a journalist that he couldn't mention the shocking number of coronavirus deaths in America because it didn't matter how many people died, but how many people were tested.
"You know there are people who say you can test too much," Trump chattered. "Do you know that?"
Swan didn't know that because none other than Trump said that.
& # 39; Who says that? & # 39; Swan asked.
"Oh, just read the manuals," Trump replied. "Read the books."
& # 39; Instructions? & # 39; Swan squeezed. "What manuals?"
"Read the books, read the books," Trump repeated.
Of course, there are no manuals or books that say that you can run too many coronavirus tests.
Of course, as any scientist will confirm, you can never do enough tests. This is the only way to access this virus until there is a vaccine.
What Trump actually means is that he wishes America had done fewer tests so there weren't that many cases because it made him look bad.
That's why he doesn't want to talk about America's appalling death toll because it makes him look bad again.
"A thousand people die every day," Swan said to him.
"You are dying," Trump replied. & # 39; It's true. It is what it is. & # 39;
"It is what it is" was the President's astonishing response to the continued terrible slaughter of the Americans by a deadly virus.
No empathy, no excuse, no expression of sadness.
Just a heartless, repellent shrug.
The problem for Trump in this crisis is that the statistics don't lie as he does.
When Swan pointed out that South Korea has a population of 51 million people but only suffered 300 coronavirus deaths, Trump concluded without evidence that the statistics were fake news.
It's his standard answer to all the facts he doesn't like, but now he's exposed by the cold, harsh reality of data-driven truth.
The World Health Organization reports today that there have been 18,100,204 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 690,257 deaths worldwide.
Of these, America had 4,629,459 cases, which is 25% of the total worldwide, and 154,226 deaths, which is 22% of the global total.
When Swan Trump said that up to 1,000 Americans die each day, the president said, "It's true. It is what it is. & # 39; Pictured: The corpses are brought to a morgue in Brooklyn at the height of the pandemic
Still, it has only 4.2% of the world population.
Regardless of how you look at the numbers, the United States is in dire straits.
Trump knows it, everyone knows it.
But he also knows that if he admits it, the November election may cost him.
So he's now reduced to lying, disguising, distracting, and everything else he can think of so as not to be held accountable for what happened on his watch.
Last night, the Americans saw their president deny the undeniable.
They saw him pretend he had the corona virus under control when he completely lost control.
And they saw how he was inexorably challenged by a high-profile journalist who was determined not to let him off the hook.
It made for an electrifying but very incorrigible look and linked George W. Bush's distant, indifferent behavior during the Katrina crisis to Bill Clinton's cynical lie about Monica Lewinsky.
There were many other terrible moments during the interview, including Trump, who again offered strangely uncritical support to the accused child trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell and refused to call Congresswoman John Lewis' legend of the late civil rights campaign "impressive" because Lewis wasn't going there his inauguration and the fueling of selfish fears of election night post election fraud had gone.
But it was his meandering insincere nonsense about the corona virus that quickly went viral all over the world.
Some people on social media even assumed that it must be a comedy sketch considering how absurd it appeared and on a network famous for shows like Veep and Succession.
Unfortunately, that was very real.
I didn't laugh
Instead, I ducked, I despaired, and then I got angry.
America is overrun by coronavirus because its narcissistic president has put his personal ego ahead of his work – from digging up his dangerous "healing theories" to destroying his best medical experts when they dare to tell the truth and go mad about his kovides Press conference television to boast of reviews.
Trump only made the crisis around him, not the American people.
As a result, Americans across the country are dying in large numbers.
Jonathan Swan's constantly confused face last night perfectly summed up what we all thought when the President swung his meaningless, self-serving charts and uttered his nonsensical, self-justifying sucker: what the heck is he talking about?
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