This morning, CNN accused President Trump of “refusing to lead. Trouble is, that Trump is leading.
“Donald Trump refuses to lead as pandemic worsens and allies desert him on masks,” yells the headline.
“Donald Trump has nothing to say and no answers to mitigate a calamity unfolding on his watch that he seems resolved to ignore,” wrote Stephen Collinson. “Trump is now pretty much the sole figure in authority in either party — including his major Republican allies — who refuse to wear or endorse face masks.”
And just in case you missed the point, “Refusing to lead” is repeated in bold letters farther down in the article.
“As the rest of the Western world presses ahead with careful reopening plans after governments suppressed their curves,” Collinson continues, “…Trump appears to have made a political calculation that the best approach is to refuse to lead.”
“Trump on Tuesday tweeted cryptically “THE LONE WARRIOR!” — apparently embracing his isolation from even political allies and the scientific approaches that have proven elsewhere to at least slow the spread of the coronavirus in the short term.” (Did you catch that? “In the short term.”)
I say a resounding “YES” to Trump’s tweet. Trump is indeed the “Lone Warrior” right now, and I admire him for that, because he is indeed leading.
Or maybe I should follow CNN’s method and put it in bold letters: Trump is leading.
Trump is leading
The number of Covid-19 cases may be “record-breaking,” but the fact is that far, far more people are now being tested than ever before (at Trump’s instigation), so of course the number of cases is rising. I’m sure President Trump knows that.
Another piece of good news is that a higher proportion of younger people — who have traditionally been less severely affected by Covid-19 — are the ones testing positive.
Why is that good news? Because the symptoms for many of those younger people are so benign that they don’t even know that they’ve had the virus. So what if they tested positive? No big deal. I’m sure President Trump knows that.
The number of deaths is going down
The CNN article failed to mention that even though the number of cases may be increasing, the number of deaths is going down. I’m sure President Trump knows that.
Number of cases artificially inflated
And finally, as to the number of cases increasing, lets not forget that those numbers are being artificially inflated. We’ve probably all heard of the automobile accident victim being classified as a Covid-19 death, or the suicide being classified as a Covid-19 death, or the person who died of cancer being classified as a Covid-19 death. But the false reporting may be even more egregious than that: An article just came out today asserting that the number of Covid-19 cases is being inflated by 15 times the actual rate. I’m sure President Trump knows that.
Three cheers for “The Lone Warrior”
Whatever the numbers; double the actual rate, ten times, fifteen times, I say three cheers for “The Lone Warrior.” Three cheers for President Trump.
We desperately need a warrior who will stand up to the would-be tyrants who would demolish our freedoms.