Twitter implodes over Trump plan to blame coronavirus fiasco on governors

Twitter implodes over Trump’s plan to blame coronavirus fiasco on governors

03/26/2020 10:53 am ET Amy Penn
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Even as the number of Americans infected by coronavirus climbs past 70,000,  “Wartime” President Trump said Tuesday that he wants the country to open up and be “raring to go by Easter” — less than three weeks from today and before the public health officials deem it safe.

While he refuses to make use of the Defense Production Act, he insists on giving people false hope that things are getting back to normal—while governors and public health officials face the reality of how this pandemic has brought life to a standstill in the U.S.

In fact, it’s almost as if “he wants to blame the governors if things go badly.”

If you’re wondering who he’s planning to scapegoat, Trump has already thrown several hints.

1) Trump asked the governors to fend for themselves

Trump administration concealed a pandemic threat study

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Without making use of the tool at his disposal — the Defense Production Act in the time of a national crisis, Trump told the governors of states to procure life-saving medical equipment by themselves:

“Respirators, ventilators, all of the equipment — try getting it yourselves… We will be backing you, but try getting it yourselves. Point of sales, much better, much more direct if you can get it yourself.”

2) He said he’ll help — if they fail

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Trump targeted Democratic Illinois governor JB Pritzker, and accused him of working with “Fake News” media to blame his government for “their own shortcomings.” He also said that he’d help — should they fail.

He even tweet-attacked Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer after she voiced her opinions on an MSNBC interview on how the federal government wasn’t taking the threat seriously.

Trump called her a “failing governor” — and still, there’s no aid is in sight for Michigan.

3) He basically suggested the states should bribe him with praise for federal assistance

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo suspends student, medical debt during coronavirus crisis

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New York’s Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been vocal about the Trump administration’s sluggish response to the COVID-19 crisis. He even blasted a federal relief package as “terrible.”

But at a Fox News event, Trump said aloud what speaking your mind can get you: “It’s a two-way street,” he said. “They have to treat us well, also. They can’t say, ‘Oh, gee, we should get this, we should get that.’”

In short, if the governors want the federal government to help them fight the virus, they have to be nice to Trump first.

4) He already called one of the governors a “snake”

5 facts that point to Trump's deadly plan: Blame coronavirus fiasco on governors

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Earlier in March, Mike Pence visited what’s thought to be the epicenter of COVID-19 in the U.S., Washington state. He praised Gov. Jay Inslee for the partnership between the state and the White House.

Trump had other words for Inslee.

According to  ABC News, Trump said, “Oh, I told Mike not to be complimentary. … That governor is a snake. I said, ‘If you’re nice to him he will take advantage,'” Trump added. “Mike may be happy with him, but I’m not.”

5) Even an ex-GOP rep thinks that Trump could just be looking for a scapegoat

'Nasty question': Trump attacks journalist who asked what his message for worried Americans was

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Morning Joe host and ex-GOP Rep Joe Scarborough thinks Trump’s reluctance to use the Defense Production Act is just another way to avoid taking any responsibility. On his Monday morning show, Scarborough said:

“For the life of me, I don’t understand why he’s not using all the powers that he’s using. Really, to coordinate a national response like FDR coordinated a national response in WWII. He’s still holding back. He’s still deferring to governors. It’s almost like he wants to blame governors if things go badly.”

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