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Republican governor blasts Trump's bungled coronavirus response in new op-ed

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Remember when a dyspeptic, misspelled, barely comprehensible tweet sent GOPsters near and far scurrying for cover? Are those days over? Because Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan sure doesn’t sound like he’s scared of the ocher abomination.

In a new Washington Post op-ed, Hogan blasts Trump and his administration over our nation’s flabby, patchwork coronavirus response. And he doesn’t hold anything back.

The op-ed’s head and subhead, “Fighting alone: I’m a GOP governor. Why didn’t Trump help my state with coronavirus testing?” gives you the gist, but Hogan has loads more to say about Trump’s failed response to the one major crisis he faced as pr*sident.

After recounting his sub rosa efforts, back in April, to source crucial testing kits for his state from South Korea, Hogan lists the litany of errors Trump made and continues to make.

A few choice excerpts:

This should not have been necessary. I’d watched as the president downplayed the outbreak’s severity and as the White House failed to issue public warnings, draw up a 50-state strategy, or dispatch medical gear or lifesaving ventilators from the national stockpile to American hospitals. Eventually, it was clear that waiting around for the president to run the nation’s response was hopeless; if we delayed any longer, we’d be condemning more of our citizens to suffering and death. So every governor went their own way, which is how the United States ended up with such a patchwork response. I did the best I could for Maryland. 

And …

Trump’s first public utterance about the coronavirus set the tone for everything that followed. He was in Davos, Switzerland, on Jan. 22, after the first American diagnosis. “Are there worries about a pandemic at this point?” asked CNBC anchor Joe Kernen.

“We have it totally under control,” Trump responded unhesitatingly. “It’s one person coming in from China, and we have it under control. It’s going to be just fine.” And off the president went for the next eight weeks. The rest of January and February were peppered with cheerful or sarcastic comments and tweets, minimizing the outbreak’s severity and the need for Americans to do much of anything.

And …

So many nationwide actions could have been taken in those early days but weren’t. While other countries were racing ahead with well-coordinated testing regimes, the Trump administration bungled the effort. The test used by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention early on was fraught with inaccuracies, and onerous regulations hindered the nation’s private labs. The resulting disorganization would delay mass testing for almost two months and leave the nation largely in the dark as the epidemic spread.

Meanwhile, instead of listening to his own public health experts, the president was talking and tweeting like a man more concerned about boosting the stock market or his reelection plans.

And …

But an undertaking as large as a national testing program required Washington’s help. We expected something more than constant heckling from the man who was supposed to be our leader.

Trump soon disabused us of that expectation. On April 6, he declared that testing wasn’t Washington’s responsibility after all. “States can do their own testing,” he said. “We’re the federal government. We’re not supposed to stand on street corners doing testing.”

There’s a lot more. Check this here click-nozzle if you want to read the entire thing.

Bottom line: Larry Hogan, Republican, is pissed. And frustrated. And — it sure seems, anyway — pretty much done with Trump.

As are most of us.

It’s too late for Trump to change the narrative about his administration’s coronavirus response. That’s pretty much baked into the cake. So he’s shifted to launching silly attacks on Joe Biden, suggesting you won’t be safe if he becomes president, and pledging to preserve statues of long-dead traitors, slaveholders, and assorted assholes.

Meanwhile, many more will die thanks to his incompetence. And even Republicans know that now.

“This guy is a natural. Sometimes I laugh so hard I cry.” — Bette Midler on Aldous J. Pennyfarthing, via Twitter. Find out what made dear Bette break up. Dear Fcking Lunatic: 101 Obscenely Rude Letters to Donald Trump and its boffo sequels Dear Prsident A**clown: 101 More Rude Letters to Donald Trump and Dear F*cking Moron: 101 More Letters to Donald Trump by Aldous J. Pennyfarthing are now available for a song! Click those links, yo!

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