America’s Craving for Hope Bespeaks Its Mass Adoration for an Incurable Narcissist Who Proposes to Affix His Own Signature to the Stimulus Checks

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Richard North Patterson, The Trump Virus Is Getting Worse:

F or Trump, America’s craving for hope as deaths proliferate bespeaks, instead, its mass adoration for an incurable narcissist who proposes to affix his own signature to the stimulus checks so many desperately need. …

Yet he learns so little. Until Sunday, he meant to celebrate Easter by relaxing social distancing – which, public health experts estimated, would cost between 1.6 and 2.2 million lives. That any imbecile would have known better only intensified the relief when, at last, Trump heeded Drs. Fauci and Birx – and the warnings of campaign advisors that the dead would doom his re-election. By this point, Dr. Birx explained, if Americans at large observe social distancing “perfectly,” we may confine our fatalities somewhat in the range of an appalling 100,000 to 200,000 lives.

Another president would have taken his own harrowing history of sustained and fatal misjudgements as a mandate for self-reflection. Trump called into Fox & Friends to congratulate himself …

His sociopathy no longer shocks. What does is how extravagantly he flaunts it. …

Three out of four Americans have received directives to stay indoors. The Los Angeles Times reports that “Trump’s campaign advisors are terrified that the coronavirus outbreak . . . will soon scythe across the rural areas that remain deeply loyal to Trump.” …

In a teleconference on Monday, governors from Montana, Wyoming, and New Mexico pled with Trump for testing and other resources. Trump’s response—”I haven’t heard about testing in weeks”—was so defiant of reality that it seemed, quite literally, insane. When asked about the call, Trump said of the governors: “I think for the most part, they were saying, thank you for doing a great job.”