One-Liner Wednesday — Business as Usual

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“I would love to have the country opened up and just raring to go by Easter.”

Donald J. Trump

A World Health Organization (WHO) spokesperson told a press conference in Geneva yesterday that there has been a “very large acceleration” in U.S. coronavirus cases in recent days.

Yet the American president, despite warnings like these from the WHO that the United States could soon become the epicenter of the global coronavirus pandemic, wants to return the country to business as usual by Easter.

Further, Trump has predicted that, on Easter Sunday, there will be “packed churches all over our country.” He added, “I think it would be a beautiful time, and it’s just about the timeline that I think is right.”

This is something that virtually all doctors, epidemiologists, and health experts agree is exactly the wrong thing to do if we want to “flatten the curve” of this highly contagious and easily transmitted disease.

It’s obvious that the current president of the United States is more eager to prop up the faltering U.S. economy in order to reinvigorate his re-election campaign than he is in saving the lives of American citizens.


Written for today’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt from Linda G. Hill.

One-Liner Wednesday — Don’t Be An Asshole

18854FBE-1D3C-47FA-9DD2-22314DA989FDI know this is supposed to be a one-line quote for Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt. But this week I decided to include an entire quote from Texas Republican Congressman Will Hurd. Last month, Hurd, the only black Republican in U.S. House of Representatives, announced that he will not be seeking re-election in 2020.

At a meeting this past June of “Log Cabin Republicans” — an organization that works within the Republican Party to advocate for equal rights for lesbian and gay Americans — Hurd said of the Republican Party:

“This is a party that is shrinking. The party is not growing in some of the largest parts of our country. Why is that? I’ll tell you. It’s real simple. Don’t be an asshole. Don’t be a racist. Don’t be a misogynist, right? Don’t be a homophobe. These are real basic things that we all should have learned when we were in kindergarten.”

 

Our Reality Show President

8082C722-ECCC-4A58-BD17-850E65C609BADid you see, hear, or read about when Donald Trump met the three American prisoners just released by North Korea when they arrived at Andrews Air Force Base early Thursday morning? These three men had been held captive in an authoritarian regime for months and, in some cases, years. And yet, Trump inexplicably said, “We want to thank Kim Jong-un, who really was excellent to these three incredible people.”

Seriously? Kim was excellent to these three men? I wonder if they thought they were receiving excellent treatment while in those North Korean labor camps.

But what really amazed me about that early morning meeting at Andrews AFB was when Trump was addressing the media and said:

“I want to thank you all. It’s very early in the morning. I think you probably broke the all time in history television rating for three o’clock in the morning. That I would say.”

It’s three in the morning and Trump is standing with the three released captives and he talks about how many people must be watching on TV.

So there it is. If you’ve ever wondered where our president’s priorities lie, just take a look at what he focused when on he was there, allegedly, to personally greet the three former captives. It’s all about ratings.

I saw presidential historian and author Jon Meacham in one of the late night talk shows last week and he said something that resonated with me. He said, “Donald Trump thinks of us not as citizens of a country but as a reality show audience.”

Trump is so sure that the most important thing about his presidency is ratings that he’s convinced that ratings are the key to his being re-elected in 2020.

He said, “The reason that I’m going to win another four years is because newspapers, television, all forms of media will tank if I’m not there because without me, their ratings are going down the tubes.”

Trump added, “And eventually, probably six months before the election, they’ll be loving me because they’re saying, ‘Please, please, don’t lose Donald Trump.’ Okay?”

So, America, we have a man in the Oval Office who really doesn’t want to be president. He just wants to be the host of the world’s greatest reality show, not the world’s greatest nation.


Yes, I know. This is my second consecutive rant about Donald Trump. Sorry, but that’s the mood I’m in.