Trump Melts Down And Storms Out Of Coronavirus Press Conference

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Amidst the Coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump’s so-called leadership remains an abject failure. He has failed to enact some kind of effective, systematic response to the pandemic, which has helped kick the virus’s spread into motion up to the current point, with well over 80,000 Coronavirus deaths in the United States. Pressed to acknowledge at least some semblance of the seriousness of the situation at a press conference at the White House this Monday, Trump melted down and stormed away from the event. He’d rather whine about his public image than acknowledge the deaths of tens of thousands of Americans on his watch.

At the press conference, CBS reporter Weijia Jiang quizzed the president:

‘You’ve said many times that the U.S. is doing far better than any other country when it comes to testing. Why does that matter? Why is this a global competition to you if every day Americans are still losing their lives and we’re still seeing more cases every day?’

If you thought that Trump would indulge in even a moment of honest self-reflection in response, think again.

He replied:

‘Well they’re losing their lives everywhere in the world, and maybe that’s a question you should ask China. Don’t ask me; ask China, okay? When you ask them that question, you may get a very unusual answer.’

That’s not a remotely competent answer to Jiang’s question. Americans, to be clear, are not losing their lives “everywhere in the world.” The death of Americans (in the U.S., obviously) due to the Coronavirus is not some inescapable, universal principle that was inevitable and Trump can’t avert. Trump, however, sounds like he simply does not care.

Jiang, who is Chinese-American, followed up with the president by pointedly questioning why he told her specifically to ask China for an answer to her question. As if we haven’t all been subjected to his endless volleys of public, racist insults for years, Trump said he’s “saying it to anybody that would ask a nasty question like that” rather than singling out the reporter specifically with the implied suggestion that she should essentially leave the U.S. for China. The problem is that we all saw that racism as exactly what he was employing. It’s not some grand fake news conspiracy against the president.

After mockingly dismissing Jiang, CNN reporter Kaitlin Collins attempted to ask a question after the president previously called on her. Trump refused to take the question and stormed away from the proceedings. This is the pathetic excuse for a president that Americans are left with amidst a rising Coronavirus death toll. Watch below:

Why on earth should any American feel assured that there’s a safe path ahead for the U.S. while this self-obsessed maniac remains in charge? On a daily basis, he’s unraveling in front of the country and the world, but Republican leaders in state after state and around the country are content to wallow in political benefits and look the other way while Americans die on his watch. Polls suggest that Democrats will win big in November.