What on earth is the President doing? One possibility is that he is not really serious about lifting the restrictions and just blowing hot air to make sure that the stock markets don’t get any more fear down. Trump is known for his short-term thinking that responds to even complex problems with improvised everyday or minute-by-day antics. Maybe that happens here too.
But maybe he’s serious. If so, here’s a humble suggestion: As an example of his followers, Trump and his entire team can come first in the White House.
To really strengthen trust, Trump could become big and brave, temporarily relocating White House operations and staff to the U.S. hottest corona virus spot in the country, New York City, and relax at one place where everyone can see restrictions. He was able to move his Resolute desk to his Trump Tower office and instruct his White House staff to take the elevator down at lunchtime to visit food carts and restaurants, take the subway and buses to work and playing basketball games.
To further demonstrate his sincerity, Trump should also command his entire family to break out of their life-sustaining cocoons to take on jobs as cashiers, delivery men, caretakers, bus drivers, paramedics and other positions that require regular contact with potentially infected people.
Of course Trump won’t do that. He is a Germaphobe whose family owns the prize. But his love for the family makes it fair to ask why he seems so eager to sacrifice other people’s families without offering a victim himself. (Does he really advocate that the corona virus owns the libraries?)
It’s also somewhat exploitative how he relied on his loyal followers on Fox News Channel to downplay the risk of the corona virus breaking out. Fox, whose virus comments were previously unconcerned the past few days, obviously knew better weeks ago. Even when Fox Anchor dismissed the virus as unnecessary panic, the people who own and control the network behaved differently. As the New York Times Columnist Ben Smith reported On Tuesday, the big 89th birthday party planned for Fox chairman Rupert Murdoch was canceled on March 8 because such a large gathering posed a health hazard.
To be fair to Trump, he’s not the only one talking about lifting restrictions. The American shadow president, the governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, who, unlike Trump, provided accurate medical information in his printers, also admitted on Monday that the economy cannot stand still forever. However, Cuomo takes scientific advice instead of rejecting it and does not expect to open the window for many weeks or months. He advocates the “surgical” approach of gradually restarting parts of the economy while protecting the vulnerable.
If Trump did a coronavirus experiment on himself, he wouldn’t be the first medical thinker to face the danger of proving a theory. There is a long tradition the self-experiment of doctors and researchers who have made themselves guinea pigs. If Trump is as medically savvy as he is claims To be at the disease control and prevention centers in Atlanta earlier this month – “I like this stuff. I really understand it, ”he said – and it’s as epidemiologically grounded as he envisages abandoning the current restrictions. Trump can show us the way. All we should ask for in return is his promise to refuse a ventilator if he gets sick enough to need one.
Your move, Mr. President.
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