Although the U.S. seems likely to sooner than later hit the staggering point of 1.5 million confirmed Coronavirus cases, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters this Thursday that the White House isn’t even developing plans for what they’d do if the president or vice president became ill. Do they plan on just wishing the virus away or something? Individuals close to both Donald Trump and Mike Pence tested positive for the virus in recent days, including both a personal valet for the president and the VP’s press secretary. Trump and Pence have subsequently been getting tested every day — although problems have been reported with the rapid response test that the White House is using.
No matter any of these issues, McEnany doesn’t seem fazed. She even made the oddly totalitarianism-oriented suggestion that reporters should be “celebrating” the president and vice president’s health, even as thousands of Americans get infected with and die from the virus just about each and every day. This isn’t North Korea — glib suggestions to “celebrate” the president while Americans die aren’t going to cut it.
Asked about White House contingency plans, McEnany insisted to reporters:
‘That’s not even something that we’re addressing. We’re keeping the president healthy. We’re keeping the vice president healthy, and, you know, they’re healthy at this moment and they’ll continue to be. The president’s healthy. The vice president’s healthy, and I think that’s something all reporters should be celebrating and the American people as well.’
And then we should gather round our portraits of Dear Leader and reverently sing the national anthem https://t.co/yj3D5yFVFS
— David Lazarus (@Davidlaz) May 14, 2020
McEnany got some criticism for her remarks. New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman noted:
‘There is no context in which “celebrating” by reporters is part of our job. I’m sorry you don’t understand that.’
There is no context in which "celebrating" by reporters is part of our job. I'm sorry you don't understand that. https://t.co/zDDkQWWupV
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) May 14, 2020
CNN’s Chris Cillizza added, referring to McEnany:
‘Zero understanding of what the media’s job and responsibility is. None.’
Zero understanding of what the media's job and responsibility is.
— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) May 14, 2020
For all her talk about the White House’s supposed grand efforts to protect the health of the president and vice president, Trump still won’t even wear a mask. In the past, he’s complained about the aesthetic qualities of wearing a mask — although refusing to take that basic step of self-protection while many other officials and Americans at-large do so is not exactly the public image-promoting step that the president might imagine. The vice president learned this the hard way when he recently visited the Mayo Clinic without wearing a mask, while fellow administration officials and just about everyone else wore one during the visit.
Trump has consistently been himself ignoring the seriousness of the situation at hand.
Because the president is a raving self-obsessed egomaniac, this Thursday, as Americans continued to die from the Coronavirus, Trump tweeted:
‘If I were a Senator or Congressman, the first person I would call to testify about the biggest political crime and scandal in the history of the USA, by FAR, is former President Obama. He knew EVERYTHING. Do it @LindseyGrahamSC , just do it. No more Mr. Nice Guy. No more talk!
Trump has been pushing the idea that there’s some grand “Obamagate” scandal that needs to be examined. He has failed to explain what “Obamagate” actually is.
If I were a Senator or Congressman, the first person I would call to testify about the biggest political crime and scandal in the history of the USA, by FAR, is former President Obama. He knew EVERYTHING. Do it @LindseyGrahamSC, just do it. No more Mr. Nice Guy. No more talk!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 14, 2020