"But the briefings could stretch to Soviet lengths, often over two hours, and they lurched wildly in tone." @gabrielsherman on months of magical thinking about the coronavirus https://t.co/MpuytXLzZh— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) April 29, 2020
Joan Didion, so far as I know, coined the term "magical thinking." Well, let's say she popularized it. She used it in reference to the year after the death of her husband and the near-fatal illness of her daughter, and the trauma she went through. She meant basically the denial of reality that helped her cope.
When the POTUS is denying reality, it's really an even greater concern than whether or not he uses sarcasm correctly, or actually said the words "5 million tests."