- Trump always behaves like the smartest person in the room. But when it comes to giving medical advice and science, smarter people stand right next to him.
- He can't seem to decide overnight whether the coronavirus is just bad flu or whether the pandemic is so serious that he's now a "war president".
- And although he hasn't told the public to drink aquarium cleaners to cure the virus, as some have suggested in the media, he's still spreading extremely dangerous misinformation.
- Now he wants to "reopen" the country against the advice of his own administration's experts in less than three weeks, and that could be fatal.
- If he were as smart as he thinks he would step back, shut up and humble submit to the scientists who know what they're talking about.
- This is a column of opinion. The thoughts expressed are those of the author.
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President Trump has long worn himself like a person who knows he's the smartest in the room.
But someone has to tell him that if he stands in the middle of a global pandemic alongside first-class scientists and medical professionals, he would be wise to listen and not speak.
This is not an Atlantic City Casino or "The Apprentice", this may be the hardest global moment of the century. And while Trump's hip shot has helped take him to the White House, he may endanger life by contradicting the experts on his own public coronavirus briefings and sending ever-changing news about the disease threat.
Trump cannot decide whether he thinks the corona virus is serious or not
At various points in the past two months, Trump has viewed the corona virus as serious enough to banish all visitors from China to the United States. He later said it could miraculously "disappear". Then it was "Something we have tremendous control over." Last week the crisis was so bad that he declared himself "war president".
Now he's openly mocking the country's best medical experts, whom he says would block the country "for two years" if his very stable genius didn't ignore their advice.
It's only day nine of "The President's 15 Days to Slow the Spread" Guidelines, but said the president during a Fox News City Hall today that he wants the country to be "opened" and "rare until Easter".
This is April 12, in just under three weeks. The alternative, Trump said, was depression and "suicides by the thousands".
Trump was back to compare this historic pandemic to a bad flu season and suggested that Americans "distance ourselves socially and go to work", which is an inherent contradiction. He added that people should "wash their hands five times more than before".
The famous germophobic Trump added: "You no longer have to shake hands with people. That could be a good thing."
No, Trump didn't tell anyone to drink aquarium cleaners. He is still dangerous when talking about the corona virus.
Let's get a few things out of the way: President Trump didn't ask Americans to treat himself with hydroxychloroquine, and he certainly didn't advise them to search their household products to find replacement pandemic panaceas.
Hints That Trump is personally responsible for an Arizona couple deciding to scoop and drink aquarium cleaners into a cup without consulting a doctor or apparently anyone because it contains the Trump ingredient mentioned is unnecessarily cheap shots.
They are "own goals"From the media, and they're the kind of low-hanging fruit Trump and the MAGA world do without because they make it easier to dismiss everything the" media "reports about the president than" the wrong news " And it is dangerous.
Now let's talk about why the President is far more dangerous when he makes fun of the government's response to the new coronavirus pandemic.
It is not inappropriate to argue that Trump frequent advertising of hydroxychloroquine as a potential coronavirus wonder drug and falsely claim Having a medical version approved by the FDA is dangerous.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, flatly rejected Trump's claim that the drug was shown to be a safe and effective treatment for coronavirus.
But Trump will always have the louder microphone and bad information from the politician who has it involved in dangerous misinformation against vaccines will always drown out the good information from the doctor who has trained his entire career to be a leading voice during a pandemic.
If people believe that the cure is just around the corner (which is not the case), they may be more likely to ignore social distancing instructions and other recommended measures to prevent the virus from spreading even more devastatingly.
Should Trump have enough public distrust of the government's medical experts, people could rebel against the government's limits on their freedom of movement. It is not difficult to imagine the potential for violence in a quarantined population, as happened in China in 2003 during the SARS epidemic.
There is debate about whether the country's sudden and severe economic disaster is too expensive to "smooth the curve". But a thoughtful public debate is not what Trump is trying to spark. Rather, Trump follows his well-known game book.
He ridicules the Egghead experts as having no contact with the "real Americans" who love him. He promises to deliver a healing that is far from imminent. And he's positioning himself as the only one brave and tough enough to take over "the establishment" and get the country back into business, damn it, Coronavirus.
If he were as smart as he thinks he would step back, shut up and humble submit to the scientists who know what they're talking about.