As I have noted on a number of occasions, I do not and will not watch Trump’s daily ‘press briefings’ which are supposed to be daily updates about the current pandemic crisis, but from everything I’m reading, are thinly-disguised campaign rallies where he touts his “accomplishments” and pats himself on the back for the “great job” he’s done. I am a busy woman … while others are finding themselves with more idle time these days, I spend more than half my 24-hour day researching, working on my blog and related tasks, a few hours sleeping, and maintain a household of eight (3 humans and 5 furry family members). I do not have time to waste watching an ugly liar spout rubbish. I do, however, catch the gist of his rallies in a variety of news outlets I keep up with, and I am increasingly both concerned and incensed.
First, the concern. While Trump’s Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, is unable to hold press events or campaign rallies due to the imposed isolation of the entire nation, Donald Trump has unlimited press access. Now, his daily briefings are not supposed to be campaign rallies, they are supposed to be factual presentations, but he is using them as such. It gives him a grossly unfair advantage, for media time is supposed to be paid for by candidates’ campaign funds, and Trump is getting his for free. His face is on half the televisions in the nation daily, while Joe Biden is never seen, through no fault of his own.
I suggest that we begin an email campaign, writing letters to the editors of the major news outlets that are carrying his pressers, and demand that they refuse to air them, or at the very least, air only the parts where actual experts are giving factual data. We are the ones who support the press, and they are doing an injustice to this nation by giving Trump an unfair advantage in the months leading up to the November 3rd election. This is the same mistake they made in 2016 … do we really want a repeat of the fiasco known as the 2016 presidential election???
Second, the reason I am incensed comes from yesterday’s ‘briefing’. I have said a few times recently that Trump, who claims he is going to re-open the country for business on May 1st, does not have control over that, for it will be up to the states’ governors whether they decide it is in the best interest of the people of their state. Medical experts have urged caution, saying that to re-open too soon will only lead to a second wave of the coronavirus … in other words more cases, more deaths, and likely a second period of imposed isolation. But Trump, you must remember, considers himself to be a ‘stable genius’, claims to know more than all the experts, and refuses to accept anything that doesn’t agree with what he wants. Which led him to say yesterday …
“When somebody’s president of the United States, the authority is total. And that’s the way it’s got to to be. It’s total. It’s total. And the governors know that. You have a couple bands of Democratic governors, but they will agree to it. They will agree to it. But the authority of the president of the United States, having to do with the subject we’re talking about, is total.”
His ‘authority is total,’ he claims. Total authority … authoritarianism … dictatorship. If you ever for one minute doubted that he sees himself as a dictator rather than a president, this one sentence should disabuse you of that notion.
Extrapolate the ramifications of his notion of total authority. Do you seriously believe he will allow a fair and honest election with voting by mail, when he knows that if even 75% of all eligible voters voted, he wouldn’t stand a snowball’s chance? Why do you think he’s willing to let the United States Postal Service ‘sink or swim’ without assistance from the federal government? The same federal government that is providing financial assistance to industries such as the hotel, airline, and fossil fuel industries.
And what do you think will happen if by some chance, slim though it seems at the moment, we do have a fair election whereby Trump is defeated? Do you really think he’s going to do as every other outgoing president in history has and walk out, shaking hands with the incoming Joe Biden? Not a chance.
Back to the governors vs Trump, though. I don’t think that he can force any state to re-open their businesses, and I know for a fact that he cannot force any business to open, nor can he force We the People to frequent any businesses. However, there are enough states with republican governors who already play footsies with Trump and his gang of thugs, that are likely to happily follow his mandate, to the detriment of their residents. Will anybody stop the madness??? CAN anybody stop the madness? For all our sakes, I hope so, but … I only wish I had more confidence in the checks and balances that have failed so damned miserably for the past three years. I wish I had more faith in our media not to give him the attention he so craves. And finally, I wish I had more faith in the people of this nation.