In 2016, Donald Trump picked former Indiana conservative talk show host Mike Pence to help him win the white evangelical vote.
For reasons which we fail to understand, our Narcissist-in-Chief still has their support.
He cares only about himself, and all he does is yell at his numerous Democratic opponents, who are hell-bent (as is the vast majority of sensible Americans) on hastening his retirement to his exclusive private club in South Florida.
He’s never trusted his own dedicated Intelligence Community and the FBI, and he’s purging anybody who testified truthfully during his impeachmet hearing.
His own Centers for Disease Control contradict his unjustified optimism about how his government can deal with the crisis.
Not only that, the CDC sent staffers to California to meet the American tourists, who had been on one of those giant cruise ships in Yokohama’s harbor, and who had tested positive for COVID-19 — but the staffers were unprotected.
Trump hasn’t the faintest idea how to run a government, and he accordingly paid virtually no attention to COVID-19 until the steep losses on Wall Street finally got his attention (https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/28/politics/donald-trump-coronavirus-miracle-stock-markets/index.html); but now he blithely says the coronavirus near-pandemic will miraculously disappear.
As Nancy Pelosi has already warned Trump, stone-faced Pence is poorly qualified to be the point man on the crisis (https://www.politico.com/news/2020/02/27/coronavirus-updates-latest-news-usa-response-117870).
Trump Jr. wants to be president himself. He just said that the Democrats want millions of Americans to die from Xi Jinping’s Wuhan coronavirus so either Bloomberg or Sanders can weaponize the COVD-19 crisis so his way-too-powerful dad will be without a job on January 20 (https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/28/politics/donald-trump-jr-coronavirus-democrats/index.html).
On February 9, we here at AP reported that China’s Dictator-for-Life, Xi Jingpin, sent his Wuhan Coronavirus to Trump as payback for the Trade War that Trump started (https://www.apocryphalpress.com/2020/02/09/xi-says-his-wuhan-coronavirus-is-payback-for-trump-s-trade-war/).
Early this morning, associate solitary reporter Johanna Jones walked into Pence’s Coronavirus briefing unannounced, and nobody noticed her, because she’s invisible, just like the nameless narrator in Ralph Ellison’s classic 1952 novel, Invisible Man.
With Pence was CDC Director Robert Redfield, a darling of the evangelicals, who’s literally in the hot seat on this one.
Pence told Redfield, “Bob, Trump Junior’s right — though he’s not near as much a RightWinger and faithful Christian as I am — but get your media guys to make a video of Trump Junior’s interview with Fox & Friends’ Brian Kilmeade. I’ll have Ronna Romney McDaniel at the RNC pay for it to go viral.”
Dr. Redfield will be on Hannity’s show later today.