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.
Trump just quit and left his own briefing after he:
1) Responded to a Q from Chinese-American CBS reporter @weijia by telling her, “Maybe that’s a question you should ask China."
2) Refused to take a question from @kaitlancollins, despite having just called on her.
— Christina Wilkie (@christinawilkie) May 11, 2020
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.
‘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.’
Media: As @wolfblitzer says, an ugly ending to @realDonaldTrump's newser in the #RoseGarden when he freezes out @CNN's @kaitlancollins after telling an Asian-American reporter to "ask #China" when she asked why he talks of #COVID19 testing as a competition with other countries. pic.twitter.com/h8xlqRk5Sp
— Porter Anderson (@Porter_Anderson) May 11, 2020
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.
President Trump, asked about the more than 80,000 Americans who've died of coronavirus:
"Dont ask me, ask China"
— Todd Zwillich (@toddzwillich) May 11, 2020
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.
Unbelievably ugly ending to Trump press conference.
He storms off after being challenged by two female reporters. One, who is Asian American, had demanded to know why Trump told her she should "ask China" why so many are dying in the United States.
— Greg Miller (@gregpmiller) May 11, 2020
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:
.@weijia: Why is this a global competition to you when Americans are losing their lives every day?
TRUMP: Maybe that's a question you should ask China.
WEIJA: Why are you saying that to me, specifically?
TRUMP: I'm saying it to anybody who would ask a nasty question like that. pic.twitter.com/hokJOXASh8
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 11, 2020
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.
Trump tells Chinese American reporter @weijia to “ask China” after she asks why he views testing as a global competition while Americans are dying. “Why are you saying that to me, specifically?” she responds. Trump calls her question “nasty.” pic.twitter.com/nf27TDv3k7
— David Nakamura (@DavidNakamura) May 11, 2020