Disaster relief expert Jeremy Konyndyk believes President Donald Trump is scrambling to push schools to reopen this fall because he knows failing to do so will all but doom his 2020 reelection.
Konyndyk, a former Director of USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, has written a Twitter thread dissecting the president’s threats to cut off funds to schools that don’t open on time — and he believes the president is rushing to make up for lost time caused by his own incompetence.
“The reason the White House is suddenly flipping out about this is that they’re realizing the die is already cast, and it will be very, very damaging politically,” he writes.
Konyndyk then breaks down what the White House should have been doing for the past several months to make sure schools are ready to open their doors in the fall.
“We could have been in a plausible position to reopen (most) schools this fall if we’d begun preparing several months ago,” he writes. “The country needed to do two big things: 1) Bring down overall levels of transmission 2) Plan, fund, and implement guidance on safe adaptation of schooling. But we did neither of these things.”
Konyndyk then marvels at the fact that the White House and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are still fighting over reopening guidelines in mid-July, with mere weeks to go before school is supposed to start.
“At this point, it’s far too late,” he writes. “Schools would normally start in 6-7 weeks. Which means they need to make their decisions within the next 2-3 weeks. And the state of the US outbreak response in 2-3 weeks is going to be… rough.”
WATCH: COVID truther goes on wild rant about communism after getting pulled over by cops
A South Carolina woman this week was caught on video going on a wild rant about Jesus and communism after a police officer pulled her over because her anti-vaccination signs were completely obscuring her car's rear window.
The video shows that the woman was driving a car that was covered in signs that protested not just economic shut downs, but also simply testing people for COVID-19.
After the officer pulled her over, she demanded to see his badge number and started yelling at him.
The officer tried to calm her down and told her there was no reason to be upset.
"Oh, no reason to get upset just because we're in communist Greenville, South Carolina?!" she yelled back. "I am not being disorderly! I have freedom of speech! You're being disorderly!"
‘Angry’ Michigan Trump voters want ‘this nightmare to end’ in November
President Donald Trump's Michigan supporters are abandoning their 2016 pick for Vice President Joe Biden as the election comes closer.
In a series of interviews on MSNBC Sunday, revisited voters they'd met earlier in the election cycle in Kent County.
Katey Morse and her husband were both working full time, and their kids were in school back in March, but things quickly changed as the coronavirus spread throughout the country. Luckily, she and her husband didn't lose their jobs, but they, like many parents, are struggling to do virtual school for their kids.
"I'm turning into more of an angry person than I've ever been in my life," she said about how she feels politically, noting that it makes her sad. "I've just got a countdown to November now, and I'm hoping we'll wake up from this nightmare we're in."
Here’s how Trump is driving millions of American seniors into poverty
Donald Trump’s inept handling of the coronavirus pandemic is condemning millions of older Americans to get by on much smaller incomes and forcing many into permanent poverty, a new study shows.
These people can anticipate shorter lives with less robust health, while taxpayers will bear the burden of care for many years of increased welfare benefits and subsidies.
The pandemic forced 2.9 million Americans ages 55 to 70 to leave the workforce in just March through June, a study by the Retirement Equity Lab at The New School found.