Well, Donald Trump finally signed the bill that keeps the government running and contains vital relief funds for the American people who are suffering due to the coronavirus pandemic. His pointless delay still caused much harm to those whose benefits expired. But he didn't sign it quietly or with dignity. Not that anyone would have expected that from him. True to form, Trump signed the bill with a self-serving statement that was riddled with lies, insults and undeserved boasting. In other words – – same as he ever was.
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In the very first sentence of Trump's statement he injects pure politics by referring to COVID-19 as the “China Virus.” Of course, it would be more accurate to designate it as the Trump Virus, since his negligence, incompetence, and deliberate malfeasance were wholly responsible for its devastating and preventable spread in the United States. His relentless lies about the perils of the pandemic earned PolitiFact's “Lie of the Year” honors.
Trump's brazen politicization continued in the statement's second sentence where he falsely blamed small business closures on “harsh actions by Democrat-run states.” That, of course, is typical of Trump's acting out with childish hostility and an insatiable compulsion to divide Americans from one another. It also ignores the reality that economic hardships are not distributed according to political affiliation. If Trump believed his own spin, then why would he give any relief funds to the GOP-run states that presumably wouldn't need it because of their supposedly superior management? The truth is that many red states are worse off due to their lax response, dismissal of CDC safety guidelines, and prioritizing of profits over people.