One of the most unbelievable things that Trump said in his botched speech [Wednesday] night was this:

I will never hesitate to take any necessary steps to protect the lives, health, and safety of the American people. I will always put the well being of America first.

Unfortunately, this is not true, and his response to the outbreak has proven that it isn’t. We have seen him hesitate to take the necessary steps on many occasions, and we have watched as he squandered precious time with denial and obfuscation while many Americans became ill and some died. The president took a difficult but manageable situation and made it worse through neglect, indifference, and selfishness. The president does not serve the public interest and he never intended to do that. He sees public office simply as an opportunity for his own enrichment and aggrandizement, so when the test came in the form of this outbreak he was bound to fail it because his priority has always been to serve himself. The writing has been on the wall for a long time, but many Americans didn’t want to see it. Trump has been weighed in the balance and found severely wanting.

Daniel Larison, The Writing Is On the Wall for Trump

March 13, 2020

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