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[Donald Trump, Titanic captain]
1. There is no iceberg
2. We wonÃ¢ÂÂt hit the iceberg
3. We barely touched the iceberg
4. Nobody couldÃ¢ÂÂve seen the iceberg
5. These deaths mean my plan worked
6. IÃ¢ÂÂm the best captain ever— Jake Maccoby (@jdmaccoby) April 3, 2020
This aimless search for something to revere is not terribly useful even during circumstances less harrowing than these. But in circumstances as harrowing as these, it is all so spectacularly useless—either so preposterously gullible or so criminally arch—that it scans as an insult. Trump is not a subtle performer, or really capable of expressing anything but whatever urge or anxiety is currently troubling his damp and roiling essence. As a result, it does not take an expert to detect a change in Trump’s tone any more than it takes some sort of interpretive expertise to tell if, say, a whining beagle would like to be fed. But it apparently does take an expert to take that change seriously.
…Trump’s careening and chaotic approach to the world has not been tempered or focused or in any way changed as a result of him assuming the highest office in the land. If there is any true and essential thing about Trump beyond his reflexive cruelty and wild avarice, it is that there is nothing in the world, government epidemiologists very much included, that could or would ever cause him to change. To change, or grow, or even learn something new would to some extent be an admission of defeat for someone who lives so deliriously, delusionally in the moment.
It’s hard to imagine any person less well suited to a long, multifront campaign like this than a man incapable of comprehending the idea of “two weeks from now.” But in some sense, the idea of a “new” Trump isn’t wrong. He is new every morning, awakening into the same sour dream; the future and the past are both gaudy, gilded blanks. When Trump speculated, weeks into the pandemic, that the virus might “vanish like a miracle”—or when he boosts some unproven gimmick cure, or when he attempts to strong-arm a rampaging pandemic into an end-date with his signature hardball deal-smithing, or when he accuses governors seeking respirators in anticipation of a coming surge of political calculation or corruption—he is revealing the only plan he has ever really had, which comes from the only person he trusts, which is that tomorrow might somehow just be different. People are dying behind this faith today, but it goes without saying that none of their names will be etched into eternity. He can really only remember one name, and eternity is just some other time.
For a guy who loves to rant about Hunter Biden, Trump sure does put his useless son-in-law, Prep School Slenderman, in charge of a lot of important shit.Ã¢ÂÂ The Volatile Mermaid (@OhNoSheTwitnt) April 3, 2020
This is one of the greatest challenges America has ever faced, thousands of people are dying, and the administration's efforts are apparently being run by the president's halfwit son-in-law: https://t.co/yxkuI7B3Yx— Paul Waldman (@paulwaldman1) April 3, 2020
Here's Jared Kushner going for the world record of most meaningless corporate buzzwords used in a single one-minute video clip pic.twitter.com/Vy1QJEhLQa
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 2, 2020
(It is kind of wild that it was clear we needed to take screenshots before the text was hastily changed.)
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) April 3, 2020
So, Jared Kushner had quite a week…
In case you had trouble keeping up with all of JaredÃ¢ÂÂs problematic behavior, we made a list. ItÃ¢ÂÂs long. Some of the things he did are apparently illegal, some just look really bad:
— Citizens for Ethics (@CREWcrew) April 3, 2020
We filed a complaint:
What does that even mean?
Jared’s family company could save a lot of money (and so could the Trumps).
So we filed our second complaint in a week against Jared:
Can they also do IQ tests? https://t.co/hofVnGgFGL
Ã¢ÂÂ Rep Richard Dangler (@RDangler) April 3, 2020
Literally the third sentence in the article:
“Democrats also are pressuring the administration and insurers to waive treatment costs for the growing number of Americans who are losing employer-provided health coverage as job losses mount.”
— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) April 3, 2020
FWIW, I'm trying to keep an eye on outbreaks in areas where extremists/religious groups/partiers have been flouting social distancing requirements. pic.twitter.com/4UHbLhoGu4
— JJ MacNab (@jjmacnab) April 3, 2020
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) April 3, 2020
MAJOR: the FDA just issued an Emergency Use Authorization for KN95 masks. This allows the Chinese-standard masks to be used with the full backing of the US govt.
— Ken Bensinger (@kenbensinger) April 3, 2020