U.S. federal response to coronavirus a ‘fiasco,’ says global health expert

In almost every way, our response has been far less effective than every other major country in the world. It’s baffling, actually. We have, in the CDC, arguably the best public health agency in the world. All of us thought that the CDC was going to — was prepared and was going to help fight this virus. The federal response has been a fiasco.



Trump administration blocks states from using Medicaid to respond to coronavirus crisis

A President Unequal to the Moment

Excellent article chronicling Trump’s self-centered failures:

Crises clarify. The bigger the crisis, the more the clarity, which is why the incompetence, dishonesty, and sheer callousness of the Trump Presidency have been clearer in recent days than ever before. As the coronavirus, as of Wednesday an official pandemic, spreads, the lives of Americans depend on the decisions made—or not made, as the case may be—by a President uniquely ill-suited to command in this type of public-health catastrophe. In that sense, the last few weeks may well have been the most clarifying of Donald Trump’s Presidency.

The New Yorker


Trump Attacks Democrats Hours After Calling for Bipartisanship

The Misery of Working in TrumpWorld

A lawyer working in TrumpWorld illustrates how miserable it is to do so while having functioning brain cells.

She hated going to work. In the lobby of the Justice Department building, six blocks down Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House, Newland had to pass under a large portrait of the president. Every morning as she entered the building, she avoided looking at Trump, or she used side doors, where she wouldn’t be confronted with his face. At night she slept poorly, plagued by regrets. Should she have pushed harder on a legal issue? Should she engage her colleagues in the lunchroom again? How could she live with the cruelty and bigotry of executive orders and other proposals, even legal ones, that crossed her desk? She was angry and miserable, and her friends told her to leave. She continued to find reasons to stay: worries about who would replace her, a determination not to abandon ship during an emergency, a sense of patriotism. Through most of 2018 she deluded herself that she could still achieve something by staying in the job.

Then there were Tump attacks on FBI director Andrew McCabe and his wife Jill, with Trump forcing McCabe’s firing 26 hours before McCabe was eligible for his pension.

TrumpWorld is worse than a swamp. It’s a cesspool.

The Atlantic

Why do some British people not like Donald Trump?

Nate White, an articulate and witty writer from England wrote the following response:

[An excerpt — read the entire article.]“Trump lacks certain qualities which the British traditionally esteem.
For instance, he has no class, no charm, no coolness, no credibility, no compassion, no wit, no warmth, no wisdom, no subtlety, no sensitivity, no self-awareness, no humility, no honour and no grace – all qualities, funnily enough, with which his predecessor Mr. Obama was generously blessed.
So for us, the stark contrast does rather throw Trump’s limitations into embarrassingly sharp relief.”