Washington Post, Juiy 25
As the medical crisis rages in Trump-friendly southern states, Trump has gone beyond shirking responsibility and spreading pixie dust and happy talk. Now, he’s trying to block new federal money for testing and contact tracing. Oh, and by the way, he’s demonstrating inability to interpret a line graph or to remember what was just said.
We have passed the point of irresponsibility and entered the zone of affirmative lethality.
Three and a half months ago the two candidates were virtually even in trust to handle the pandemic, Trump +2 percentage points, 45-43%. Today, with COVID-19 cases surging around the nation, Biden leads Trump on the issue by a 20-point margin, 54-34%.
Trump supporters, standing on the border of a minefield, and having just witnessed a couple of folks blow to smithereens, are being asked to walk gaily through the minefield because Trump says it isn’t a minefield.
And take note of this: in the paragraph quoted from ABC News, “today” meant July 12 through July 15, when the poll was conducted—just before news broke that Trump was strenuously trying to block money for more testing and contact tracing.
I expect that the cognitive dissonance among the Trump cultists is becoming more acute each day. Many will remain in the cult, but I think we will see yet more conversions as the choice between life and death becomes ever clearer.
As the cognitive dissonance reaches the breaking point, they will each have to answer the question, “What kind of fool am I?”