On MSNBC Wednesday, host Chris Hayes blasted President Donald Trump’s leadership abilities in the midst of the coronavirus emergency — and warned that the president is putting himself and his political prospects before any consideration of what would actually protect the country.
“One of the most important things the federal government is supposed to do is manage risk that cannot be managed by private citizens of the private sector because they are big risks. Said Hayes. “Call them tail risks. Unlikely — in some cases highly, highly unlikely — events that could be truly catastrophic if the government fails. That was Hurricane Katrina for the George W. Bush administration. Financial crisis for both the Bush and Obama administrations. On this administration, the response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Now, it could be coronavirus.”
“In order to manage that, you need government bureaucracy,” continued Hayes. “The hundreds of thousands of people who work for the federal government, civil servants with decades of expertise and knowledge, working diligently to get their arms around the difficult situation and prepare and hedge risk. The problem is the president, as a rule, hates those people. He’s basically gone to war with them. Now, he needs those people to handle this crisis. So we are seeing the president marching out these government officials to provide political cover for him and help him manage the risk to try and calm fears about coronavirus.”
In reality, Hayes said, Trump has handled everything wrong — and we could be heading for disaster. He noted that at the moment, most areas around the country cannot even run tests for the virus.
“Meanwhile, the president is lashing out at the media, accusing them of fanning the flames, and by doing so, he is ultimately confessing to his own failures,” said Hayes. “Media coverage of coronavirus, I think, has been actually fairly restrained, and for the best. The panic has mostly been on display in the global financial markets that have been really freaking out about this. And that’s been driving the increased coverage. The media coverage itself has been fairly restrained, especially, when compared to the Ebola crisis back in 2014, when Donald Trump and Fox were fanning the flames and driving everyone into a panic.”
He played clips of Trump saying, “Our country has enough problems. Send the doctors to Liberia. Send the doctors to West Africa to take care of our people. That’s one thing. But don’t let ’em in,” and “U.S. immigration should allow no one, no one, to enter this country holding a passport from any West African nation.”
“Donald Trump fundamentally views the coronavirus, not as a problem he needs to solve, but something he needs to manage for his re-election,” said Hayes. “And it gets the fundamental flaw of this president … it appears to me often that he is literally incapable of distinguishing between what the national interest is and what his own personal interest is. It’s literally what the guy got impeached over.”
‘Get the hell out!’: Trump supporters freak out when protesters show up to Lindsey Graham event
A small group of protesters came to one of Lindsey Graham's latest campaign events, and they were quickly attacked by supporters of President Donald Trump chanting "four more years."
Graham's event seemed to have more support for Trump than for Graham at his own weekend event. It's unknown why the Trump supporters were not chanting for Graham.
"Get the hell out!" one Trump supporter can be heard shouting. He and another older man were seen wagging their fingers
At least one Graham protester could be seen holding up a sign with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
The South Carolina senator is fighting for his political career and many other Republicans struggling to hold onto their seats. Graham is now being confronted with past comments he made saying that no president, regardless of the party, should make a Supreme Court pick right before his or her election.
Black man takes N-word spewing racist to school — and makes him promise to never do it again
When a racist White guy at a marina shouted out the N-word at a group of Black men, he probably didn't count on their response being a history lesson, but that's precisely what happened.
While President Donald Trump is claiming that Black community members are beating and killing White racists and responding with general violence, the two men showed a different reality.
"What made you say it?" the men asked.
The white guy shrugged.
"You that racist?" one of the men asks.
"Uh, no, I--" the White guy tried to answer.
"Then why would you call us a n*gger?" one of the men asks.
Lamar Alexander refuses to stand against Trump Supreme Court choice
Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) is an outgoing Senator but he is firmly supporting President Donald Trump's nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court.
In a statement released Sunday, Alexander claimed that the so-called "McConnell Rule" doesn't count because the Senate and the White House is ruled by Republicans. The "McConnell Rule" was never a rule until McConnell decided he didn't want former President Barack Obama to nominate another justice when conservative Justice Antonin Scalia died suddenly.
"Senator McConnell is only doing what Democrat leaders have said they would do if the shoe were on the other foot," said Alexander.