Democrats decided weeks ago not to hold a full nominating convention to anoint former Vice President Joe Biden as their candidate.
Trump has long insisted that his moment would take place before a HUGE crowd and and mocked his rival for planning a virtual convention. So now hisTrump’s claim that his decision to cancel showed great leadership was a stretch.
“It’s really something that, for me, I have to protect the American people. That’s what I’ve always done, that’s what I always will do, that’s what I’m about.”
Trump said his staff counseled him that the convention could go ahead easily but that he told them he was
“elected to help and protect.”
Until this week, when the political damage wrought by his indifference became ever more obvious, the President all but ignored the worsening crisis.
Irony anyone? Trump said,
“We have to be vigilant, we have to be careful. And we also have to set an example. I think setting the example is very important.”
The reason behind this disingenuous statement seems to be that according to a CNN source, Trump has been watching increasing numbers of Republican lawmakers announcing that they would NOT come to the convention speech in Jacksonville, which has turned into a coronavirus hotspot in recent weeks.
The prospect of a disappointing crowd at the televised event would have been a repeat of Tulsa.
But in the same breath as saying he care for the American people he redoubled his demands for schools to open — in a move that could help revive the economy vital to his reelection and foster a sense of normalcy he needs to argue he led the country out of the fire.
He asked Congress to provide $105 billion to help schools open in a new stimulus bill currently being negotiated on Capitol Hill.
“We cannot indefinitely stop 50 million children from going to school.
Reopening our schools is also critical to ensuring parents can go to work and provide for their families.”
This isn’t about politics, this is about something very, very important. This is not about politics.”
But multiple school districts and governors across the country have decided not to follow Trump’s warnings because they cannot guarantee the safety of kids in already crowded buildings or fear that mass gatherings like a normal school day will unleash new centers of infection.
Trump ignorantly spoke about how children have very strong immune systems and said that the incidence of kids with complications from the virus is very low. So far.
Dr. Fauci and Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the CDC have said that they do not yet know to what extent children are drivers of infection in the home.
One recent study in South Korea found that while children younger than 10 transmit the disease much less often than adults, those of middle school and high school age are as likely to spread the virus as adults.
Such data suggests that sending older children back to school could seed new centers of infection — and put teachers and ancillary staff at high risk.
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