The Trump administration and Donald Trump himself, according to White House insiders, is in complete and total meltdown as the coronavirus crisis continues to plunge global markets into a ditch, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average losing over 2,000 points on Monday, over 7.7 percent of its total value.
Things are getting beyond tense and downright psychotic as it relates to Trump himself, according to Gabriel Sherman of Vanity Fair, who notes that the president is now convinced journalists will deliberately contract the disease just so they can get close and infect him:
“Last week Trump told aides he’s afraid journalists will try to purposefully contract coronavirus to give it to him on Air Force One, a person close to the administration told me. The source also said Trump has asked the Secret Service to set up a screening program and bar anyone who has a cough from the White House grounds. ‘He’s definitely melting down over this,’ the source said.”
But despite his fears, Trump has done next to nothing to calm public and business fears when it comes to the medical emergency which has now claimed the lives of 24 Americans and with more cases being reported in states that previously had no infections. In other words, coronavirus is acting like the pandemic it is, and it appears to be getting worse by the day.
The simple fact is that the problem is way beyond Donald Trump’s very limited abilities. He can’t mean tweet or bully a virus into submission. He can’t give the virus a MAGA cap and tell it to be content. So he feels powerless. Which he is, thanks in large part to his own screw ups when the virus was first discovered in the U.S.
Perhaps Jonathan Chait of New York explained the entire morass best with an article he wrote regarding how the crisis is sinking Trump’s chances of reelection:
“Every step Trump has taken along the way seems almost calculated to expose him to maximal blame. Trump is now quite likely to lose his reelection, and we will look back at the last few weeks as the time when he sealed his own fate.”
Or, to put it another way: Karma is catching up with Donald Trump, and karma is one unforgiving SOB.