There will be no normally functioning economy if our hospitals are overwhelmed and thousands of Americans of all ages, including our doctors and nurses, lay dying because we have failed to do what’s necessary to stop the virus. https://t.co/AchwfXtuLi— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) March 24, 2020
We start with the fact that Liz Cheney (!) is the sensible one here. Then we move to media coverage, and the idiotic assumption that whatever the President says must be passed along without comment or context:
Reporters need to stop giving Trump the power to "open up" or "shut down" the economy. He doesn't have a key or some magic wand. Governors, companies, sports leagues, etc, aren't going to send people out to die. https://t.co/2VUT4eDONU— Michelangelo Signorile (@MSignorile) March 24, 2020
And then we must note:
The Cuomo briefings and the Trump briefings are happening in different universes.— Rory Cooper (@rorycooper) March 24, 2020
Birx describing testing problems, mentions New York high transmission rates.— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) March 24, 2020
Trump interjects: "Do you blame the governor for that?"
Birx completely ignores him and keeps talking as if Trump said nothing at all.
Fox cuts to commercial the moment Birx is done.#expertise
New York needs 30,000 ventilators.— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) March 24, 2020
It will be the difference between life and death.
The federal government must provide these ventilators.
Only the federal government has the power to deliver.
But first he has to say "Pretty please with sugar on top."
Trump: It has to be a two-way street and governors need to treat us well also. "They can't say, Oh gee we should get this, we should get that.'" He's unhappy with Cuomo demanding more ventilators from the federal government.— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) March 24, 2020
Yeah, that's where we are; it's where we have been for three years.
“They should treat us well also,” Trump says of the states, referring to how they should treat the federal government.— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) March 24, 2020
Fortunately, we have governors:me me me me me https://t.co/Oi2AoyBqJP— George Conway (@gtconway3d) March 24, 2020
Cuomo has changed his tone. Much more desperation in his remarks about what might happen. He's really pleading with Trump Administration for concrete help. He's set down the marker. If things turn out badly, WH cannot say they were not warned.@NY1 .— Joel Siegel (@joelmsiegel) March 24, 2020
Of course, it's still gonna be a shitshow, no matter what:
What concerns me is that an awful lot of Trump’s supporters would absolutely go to a crowded restaurant if a Trump said it was okay. https://t.co/zAuyCkCbnf— Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) March 24, 2020
Except those restaurants won't be open in the first place. So there's that. Trump supporters may scream and yell about it, but restaurant owners aren't going to defy local bans, and their employees aren't going to be anxious to work in conditions that might make them sick; if it doesn't kill them.
Trump is simply going to corkscrew himself right into the ground on this one.
Question POTUS didn't get asked - the nexus of cases spiking in NYC, a financial engine of the rest of the country, while he's trying to "reopen" the rest of the country.— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) March 24, 2020
That's a terrible silver lining, but it still is one. It's about all we'll have for awhile:
On a call with a nurse at the end of her physical and mental endurance. Agonizing.— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) March 24, 2020
1. Burning through supplies (not just ppe) at prodigious rate.
2. Tests taking 6-7 days to come back STILL.
3. Exhaustion even before peak.
4. "We will be putting lot of black tags on 70+."
Yeah; nothing to look forward to here; except we have to stand together, despite the "opposition." Even they don't deserve this virus. Nobody does.