As Donald Trump continues broadcasting his desire to list restrictions put on the country because of the coronavirus outbreak, he’s started using some old enemies as scapegoats. On Wednesday afternoon, the president took to Twitter once again and claimed the media was rooting for the current “lockdown” status the country is under. As he suggested, these members of the press wanted to hurt his re-election chances.
“The LameStream Media is the dominant force in trying to get me to keep our Country closed as long as possible in the hope that it will be detrimental to my election success. The real people want to get back to work ASAP. We will be stronger than ever before!”
Trump has been talking about people wanting to get back to work over the last few days. This appears to be his way of laying the groundwork for allowing workers to return to their jobs and opening restaurants, bars, and movie theaters by Easter.
Earlier in the week, the president talked about not wanting to make the cure worse than the problem. Several medical experts have said that in order to “flatten the curve” and keep the spread of the disease under some kind of control, people will need to continue to be in lockdown mode for several more weeks, at least.
Trump, meanwhile, has made comments several times during the outbreak that he doesn’t like what’s happening to the economy. In addition, the new tweet was hardly the first instance he’s talked about how the crisis might hurt his re-election campaign. It’s also certainly not the first time he’s blamed the media and claimed there was a large coalition openly rooting against him.
It does, however, appear to be the first time he’s been seen as dividing those who want to return to work and those who would rather stay safe at home as “real” and “not real.” The tweet also comes during a period where more and more right-wing personalities are talking about members of the American public “sacrificing for the country.”
Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick appeared on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News program earlier in the week and put out the call for older Americans to accept their fate if that’s what it takes to get the economy going again.
More articles and op-eds have been popping up over the last few days as well, expressing a similar sentiment. These messages come as the United States Senate is close to passing a stimulus package that will total somewhere in the neighborhood of $2 trillion. That package is said to include checks to individual citizens in order to help blunt the economic effects of the social distancing policies many cities and states have put into place since the outbreak began.