COVID-19: March 12, 2020
- Nationwide cases: 1678
- Louisiana cases: 19
President addressed the nation last night and it did the opposite of reassure the market, which tanked again.
computer, enhance pic.twitter.com/jkExiRtkRw— Born Miserable (@bornmiserable) March 12, 2020
Trump today: “We have ’em very heavily tested. If an American’s coming back, or anybody’s coming back, we’re testing. We have a tremendous testing setup where people coming in have to be tested. And if they are positive, and if they’re able to get through—because, frankly, if they’re not, we’re not putting them on planes, if it shows positive…”
NOTE: This is not true.
Trump still doesn’t seem to understand the basic course of the spread of the virus; he is ignoring the chorus of professionals with ideas for how to fight it, including those within the government; he continues to subvert efforts to fight it by making false statements and by the general disorganization within his administration; and he still can’t stop praising himself and blaming everyone else, which makes it hard for anyone but his strongest supporters to listen to him. All of this puts the nation at danger while further damaging Trump’s battered presidency.