In a column for the New York Times, Charles Blow makes the case that Joe Biden would be smart to lay low — and thus avoid making major gaffes that could hurt his presumptive Democratic presidential nomination — and let the focus remain on Donald Trump who has cratered his re-election chances with his mishandling of the coronavirus health crisis.
Blow began his column by making a pointed observation by writing, “As the United States’ death toll raced toward 100,000, Donald Trump went golfing.”
Writing, “Trump put politics, his own political fortunes, over the lives of the American people, and the result has been catastrophic,” he further explained, “The number of deaths never had to reach such a staggering figure — and it will surely climb far beyond it — but it did because in the early days, Trump made excuses for the Chinese response, dragged his feet on an American response, and repeatedly made statements that defied truth and science.”
Noting that president prematurely congratulated himself on March 10th when there were only 959 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 28 deaths — telling reporters “We’re prepared, and we’re doing a great job with it. And it will go away. Just stay calm. It will go away” — Blow claimed the president did too little until it was likely too late.
“The virus wasn’t aware of the politics of the moment. The virus wasn’t aware that he had been lying and deflecting. The virus wasn’t aware that it should wait until the American president was cowed into correct action. It was doing what viruses do: It was spreading and it was killing,” he explained. “Trump dragged his feet, trying to con his way through a pandemic, to rewrite reality, to pacify the public until the virus passed, and that has led to untold numbers of people dead who never had to die.”
“There is not only blood on Trump’s hands, he is drenched in it like the penultimate scene from the movie ‘Carrie,'” he charged.
According to the columnist, nothing Trump can say, including blaming the Chinese for the virus or governors in the U.S. battling to stem the tide of the pandemic-related deaths can absolve the president of his responsibility for the damage that has been done.
“In America, this is Donald Trump’s plague, and he is yoked with that going into the election in November,” he predicted.
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Eric Trump predicts his dad will win re-election: ‘The polls are looking great — you see it every day’
One of President Donald Trump's children appeared on Fox News on Thursday to predict that his father would win re-election in November.
"Well listen, I think, um, I think we're looking really good," Eric Trump told Sean Hannity.
"The polls are looking great -- you see it every single day," Trump claimed. "The enthusiasm is tremendous."
"We're going to win," he predicted. "My father is going to win this election."
The prediction was offered the same day that NBC News released their first battleground map, showing Joe Biden on pace to win 334 Electoral College votes, Trump set to win 125 Electoral Votes, with 79 too close to call.
Susan Rice divested herself of Netflix stock options — could it be a sign she is Biden’s VP pick?
Former National Security Advisor Susan Rice exercised her Netflix stock options on Tuesday.
Rice, who was appointed to the streaming video company's board of directors in 2018, filed paperwork with the Securities and Exchange Commission showing that she sold about $300,000 in the transactions.
The financial move occurred as former Vice President is close to announcing his choice of running mate, Rice is considered a leading contender for the position.
Other VP contenders reportedly include Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Rep. Val Demmings (D-FL), Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI) and Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-MN).
The Lincoln Project trolls Trump with new video on America’s rising COVID-19 death toll
President Donald Trump's bungled response to the coronavirus pandemic is increasingly becoming a major campaign issue in the 2020 election.
On Tuesday, Trump taunted his detractors by reposting a video imagining him running for re-election for over 100 years, in violation of the constitution as currently written.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 4, 2020