This is his sales pitch this week, trying to convince millions of Americans that "Hey It's Gonna Be Okay As Long As We Keep the Deaths To Under 200,000". I am not kidding, via Aaron Rupar at Vox:
Barely a month ago, Trump claimed the coronavirus would go away on its own. Then he said it paled in comparison to the 2009 H1N1 flu outbreak, which killed about 12,500 Americans. Now he’s saying that the estimates showing Covid-19 could kill 100,000 Americans — roughly equivalent to two Vietnam Wars or 38 September 11 attacks — actually reflect how effective he’s been.
During a news conference on Sunday, Trump said that a final US coronavirus death toll somewhere in the range of 100,000 to 200,000 people would indicate that his administration has “done a very good job.”
A VERY GOOD JOB?
Here's some perspective: When four Americans were killed in Benghazi, the Republican Party held 11 different hearings into all the crap Obama and Hillary did wrong. 200,000 Americans dying is now "a very good job."
Rupar points it out in that paragraph I quote above: The death toll for the COVID-19 outbreak is going to be costlier than most wars even IF we're good enough at containing and curing this pandemic. The number of dead Americans from this virus already surpassed today the tragedy of what happened on Sept. 11 2001. We're only beginning to comprehend just how widespread this tragedy is going to hit us.
And trump - the idiot who sat on his ass for two months doing nothing except accuse the outbreak of being a Democratic/Chinese Hoax, up until the point someone FINALLY convinced him the death toll will be in the millions by June if he remained inert - is trying to game the referees to convince them - to convince us down in the dirt fighting the pandemic and waiting for the worst - that letting 200,000 Americans die for his inaction and stupidity is "a very good job."
And during all of this, Republicans and conservative pundits, all trump's ass-kissers, were making noises about how tragic it was that up to 50,000 people die every year of normal flu - never mind the indictment of our broken health care system that underscores - and now they're turning around congratulating trump for keeping the upcoming COVID body count to just six figures.
This is gaslighting at its most lethal, America. The Son-Of-A-Bitch is going to want a parade for his "efforts" (more like lack thereof) before the 200,000th citizen dies from COVID-19. (Failing to consider, obviously, that his parade is going to make the spread of coronavirus that much more likely)
And in the meantime, we're getting more and more reports that the support the federal government is SUPPOSED to ship out - the ventilators needed to keep victims breathing, the respirator masks needed by our doctors and nurses to avoid infections - are in shoddy condition and in some cases useless. trump's ongoing excuse is that he inherited a "broken system" (IT WAS HIS JOB TO FIX IT IF IT WERE BROKEN THE LAST THREE YEARS) and that "nobody could have foreseen this" (BITCH EVERYBODY FORESAW IT, WE HAD A SYSTEM IN PLACE UNTIL YOU KILLED IT IN 2018).
None of this was "a very good job," you self-serving Shitgibbon.
We warned everyone, back in 2016. Every single one of us who voted Hillary, who voted against this failed businessman and financial fraud, we warned you. We tried to teach you a word for the kind of incompetence and ineptitude that trump was bringing from his enterprises to our national leadership, just one word. Kakistocracy. Leadership by the worst people.
Here we are, with a coronavirus that can kill upwards to 2 million of our nation, ripping across whole families and communities, and trump's fighting over the goalposts of what's acceptable losses to our families and communities.
Listen up, trump. Even ONE death from this virus is a tragedy. As much as those who died in Benghazi, as much as those who died in every war, as much as those who died in the wake of Katrina and as much as those who died in Puerto Rico (REMEMBER THAT FUCK-UP, donnie? Puerto Rico STILL hasn't recovered from that!). It should have been treated as the tragedy and crisis it is proving to be, instead of the annoyance you're viewing it as.
Goddamn him. God help the rest of us.