Now crying won’t help you
Praying won’t do you no good
When the levee breaks
Mama you got to move
Going down now
— “When the Levee Breaks” by Kansas Joe McCoy and Memphis Minnie
During this time of crisis, it might be nice to have someone in charge who is not a doddering sociopath who has no experience dealing with crises, can’t grasp details, insists he knows more than experts in any given field, ignores facts he doesn’t like, lies out of instinct, surrounds himself with incompetent yes-men, has a history of bankruptcy and failure, and possesses complete disdain for anyone who isn’t related to him and/or can make him money. Plus, it would be beneficial if he knew how basic science works.
But maybe that’s just me.
Yes, the theoretical main motivation for Trump voters—i.e., to elect someone who will “shake things up”—appears even more spectacularly pathetic now than it did in 2016.
The coronavirus—or as the GOP refers to it, the Chinese Yellow Peril Death Plot—has ended any talk among conservatives of enacting more of their reactionary agenda.
I mean, remember when Trump insisted that he would build a wall on our southern border, and that Mexico would pay for it? Really, do any Americans—even the racists—give one-quarter of a fuck about that idea now? The sad hucksterism of “Build the Wall” has been revealed. But of course, people barely remember that bizarre goal (or the billions of dollars wasted on it).
They are too busy denying that COVID-19 is real, or if it is real, that it is a Soros-funded plot. Or that Trump has it all under control even though it’s perfectly clear that a blind orangutan thrust into the Oval Office could do a better job.
Those of us who accept the science behind this catastrophe know that older Americans are most at risk. And in a darkly twisted bit of irony, senior citizens constitute a key demographic of Trump’s support. During the last election, many seniors wanted a return to their childhoods of the 1950s (i.e., no blacks or Latinos living next door), and admired a guy who talked tough, with none of that PC bullshit.
However, it’s becoming clear that insulting ethnic minorities doesn’t facilitate an effective government response to a pandemic. And a virus doesn’t care how tough you talk. So those qualifications are, to say the least, unhelpful during this accelerating crisis.
No, the savior of baby boomers doesn’t appear to be saving them. In fact, he apparently thought so little of their well-being that he prioritized his re-election campaign ahead of their safety. That is, of course, a dereliction of duty and a violation of the president’s oath to defend the country, which in turn, is arguably an impeachable offense. But hey, we played that game already, and the GOP assured us that it was in the nation’s best interests to keep their easily distracted ball of rage in the White House.
I wonder if they have changed their minds, considering that the person they so strenuously defended mere months ago has now committed the worst mistake in presidential history (all while denying any responsibility for his own incompetence).
In truth, “the coronavirus is quite likely to be the Trump presidency’s inflection point, when everything changed, when the bluster and ignorance and shallowness of America’s 45th president became undeniable, an empirical reality, as indisputable as the laws of science or a mathematical equation.”
And all that bullshit about shaking things up, or making America great, or keeping the world safe for elderly white people?
Nobody believes that nonsense anymore.