As fears grow about a looming coronavirus pandemic, Donald Trump took to Twitter on Tuesday to demonstrate that he is super concerned – about the ratings of his favorite cable news network.
Trump shared a tweet that boasted about Fox News’ ratings, claiming that the network’s numbers are up “because they cover your favorite President relatively well.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 25, 2020
Shortly after, the president retweeted another ratings-related post that boasted about Fox’s ratings last month.
Fox News Dominates Basic Cable for 44 Consecutive Months, Crushes Cable News 218 Straight Months
FNC Finishes Month as Only Cable News Network to Notch Double-Digit Gains in all Programs versus 2019
13 FNC Programs Notch Highest-Rated Month in Network History pic.twitter.com/DZuRINeoH9
— johnny dollar (@johnnydollar01) February 25, 2020
It’s the latest sign that Trump sees himself not as a president of the United States but as a glorified TV pundit with an oval-shaped office.
Meanwhile, the world is grappling with a health crisis
As Donald Trump spent his Tuesday bragging about Fox News ratings and whining – still – about the Roger Stone case, the world is grappling with a health crisis.
The CDC warned earlier in the day that the American people should prepare for the likelihood that the coronavirus will impact their communities and daily lives. Officials believe a global pandemic is likely.
In response to the unfolding crisis, stocks have been in a free-fall over the past two days, something Trump didn’t seem to notice as he tweeted that the coronavirus “is very much under control” and “the markets are starting to look very good to me!”
If all of that wasn’t bad enough, the fact remains that the part of the federal government that’s in charge of responding to such global health crises has been vacant since 2018, when this president emptied it.
Donald Trump has always been unfit to hold the presidency, but that’s particularly true in the midst of a global health crisis.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.