Even as states begin to lift their stay-at-home orders, Rachel Maddow said on Thursday that Donald Trump’s failed federal response to the coronavirus is still causing outbreaks all across the country.
“Coast to coast, tip to tail, the federal response just continues to be absolutely terrible,” the MSNBC host said. “It’s really not getting any better.”
Maddow said that Trump’s bungled management of this crisis is “causing big outbreaks in your state.”
She pointed out that in New Mexico, an ICE facility controlled by Trump’s federal government is failing to follow proper safety protocols, which has allowed the virus to spread.
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It is one thing to have an absent or lame federal response to an epidemic. It’s another thing when the federal government is actually the entity that is itself screwing up and not following the rules and not following infection control procedures and, therefore, they are who is causing big outbreaks in your state. But that’s what is happening in New Mexico now. That’s why that governor is so mad. And you know, coast to coast, tip to tail, the federal response just continues to be absolutely terrible. It’s really not getting any better. I mean today, for some reason, the person at the Pentagon in charge of procuring equipment under the Defense Production Act, they just fired her. Without explanation. Sure, seems like a good time. Does it have anything to do with the fact that they just installed somebody at the Pentagon to check high-level officials there for loyalty to President Trump?
Months into the crisis, Trump’s response is still a disaster
It’s one thing to get hit by an unpredictable crisis and struggle to get your footing. But the United States is well into this outbreak now, and Trump’s response is still a horror show of epic proportions.
“We are months into this crisis,” former Vice President Joe Biden tweeted on Thursday. “There is simply no excuse for President Trump’s failure to implement a national testing strategy.”
We are months into this crisis. There is simply no excuse for President Trump’s failure to implement a national testing strategy.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) May 15, 2020
From Trump’s refusal to lead by example to his monumental failure to enact a national testing strategy that’s critical to reopening the economy, he still can’t figure out how to respond this pandemic.
It’s almost as if putting a failed businessman turned game show host in charge of managing a global health emergency was a bad idea.
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.