Dear Messrs. Donald Trump, John Michael (Mick) Mulvaney, and Michael Huckabee,
There is a time for having fun, a time for jokes and humour. However, there is also a time to be serious. I read with horror this morning Mr. Mulvaney’s comments, obviously intended to be funny, claiming that the reason the media was reporting extensively on the spread of the coronavirus was to try to “take down” Donald Trump.
If I took your comments seriously, Mr. Mulvaney, I would have asked you if, then, the entire world was attempting to “take down” Trump, since media outlets worldwide are providing continual coverage and updates on the spread of this illness. But I realized that nobody with any sense would make such a statement except in jest, so while it annoyed me, I let it ride.
Then later in the day you, Mr. Trump, came along and made the same claim, only embellishing on the story with more jokes … jokes that were, under the circumstances, in very poor taste. You took it even further and joked that you thought the democrats were behind the media coverage. Again, if I took you seriously I would ask if you think the democrats control the media (hint: they don’t), and if their reach extends to such media outlets as der Spiegel in Germany and the BBC in the UK, for those outlets are also providing widespread coverage. But again, surely you are jesting.
And then, you, Mr. Mike Huckabee, had to try to top the Mulvaney/Trump acts with your own attempt at humour, saying that Trump …
“Could personally suck the virus out of every one of the 60,000 people in the world, suck it out of their lungs, swim to the bottom of the ocean and spit it out, and he would be accused of pollution for messing up the ocean.”
Do you guys all share the same comedy writer? If so, he really needs to retire. First of all, there are far more than 60,000 people in the world … at last count, it was up to about 7.8 billion, I believe. Secondly, there are very few people who would allow Mr. Trump to touch us, let alone “suck the virus … out of our lungs”. And thirdly, of course, this is a ridiculous, ignorant thing to even say, and far beneath the dignity of a former governor and presidential candidate.
Now that you’ve had your little jokes, let me tell you gentlemen a few things here.
Part of the job of the media, whether in this country, Spain, Germany, or Brazil, is to inform the public of things they need to know. The coronavirus, or Covid-19 as I believe it has been named, is a very serious threat to people all around the globe. It is not unique to the United States but has become a serious threat to a number of countries, including Italy, China, Iran, Japan, and others. It is NOT, gentlemen, something to joke about. It is NOT something to use as a political tool, nor to use as an excuse to taunt the media.
Your attempts to downplay this widespread threat to human health and safety is a disservice to the people of this nation. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), it is spreading rapidly and is particularly likely to be lethal to people like myself who have chronic health problems and compromised immune systems. There are already 60 confirmed cases in the U.S. and while there hasn’t been a fatality here yet, it is only a matter of time.
Your mockery and accusations are most inappropriate at this time and in these circumstances. Your words would be unthinkable in any other administration, but the entire theme of this administration seems to be spouting ignorance, nonsense, vitriol, and blaming someone else for everything that goes wrong. Yes, the stock market is plunging, not only in the U.S. but also the European markets, and it is NOT the fault of the media, NOT the fault of the Democrats. And no, gentlemen, contrary to what you’ve tried to tell us, the United States is NOT well prepared to combat this pandemic. Since January 2017, funding has been cut to health organizations such as CDC, and millions have lost their health insurance due to the hatchet job that has been done to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). We are every bit as vulnerable as any nation on earth.
In short, those who are not part of the solution, are part of the problem. You, gentlemen, are definitely NOT doing anything to be a part of the solution, so please step aside and let the adults attempt to safeguard the people of this nation.