Trump has never wavered from a belief that denial is his best COVID-19 policy as his indecisiveness born of insecurity around experts drives the White House dysfunctional chaos.
His inability to consider the discourse revealed in the Red Dawn emails is no different than the paths chosen for resisting the Mueller Report and impeachment. “Hoax” and “witch hunt” claims are always the default excuses for a character flaw based on aggressive projection in the service of his authoritarian instincts. He has only ever been about the money, whether touting “cures” or pimping for favored industries. The pressers are sad exercises in unveiling a pathological liar.
The lack of imagination signified by his identity as a “stable genius” is no different than assuming that he’s frightened of the “smart” coronavirus. He remains fixated on a naive notion of herd immunity that would sacrifice large numbers of people mainly concentrated in the cities and bring a 2020 victory similar to 2016. Each of his pressers have featured lip service and empty rhetoric punctuated by contradiction and crankiness.
The Washington Post reported on Saturday that during a Situation Room meeting on the pandemic in March, Trump asked White House coronavirus task force member Dr. Anthony Fauci, “Why don’t we let this wash over the country?”. Two unnamed sources told the Post that Fauci was stunned by the question. “Mr. President, many people would die,” the doctor reportedly told Trump.
Trump hopes for continued ambiguity in testing data because he’s frightened by the possibility that the death toll will be much higher, regardless of his primary objective of “restarting the economy” in order to help his re-election.