As the United States death toll from the coronavirus pandemic reached 3,900 on Tuesday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, the major national press has failed to ask one basic question of Donald Trump, according to an award-winning journalist who is also a prominent media critic: “Why’s Trump doing this?”
According to that journalist, Eric Boehlert writing for his newsletter Press Run, Trump’s repeated refusals to address the pandemic crisis reveal that he is “a deeply damaged narcissist who can’t stop lying,” adding that “the press treats his sociopath tendencies as taboo.”
Boehlert writes that Trump’s failures began early in the course of the coronavirus outbreak when he simply ignored the recommendations of a 450-page manual created by the Centers for Disease Control that was designed to set procedures and practices for containing deadly pandemics. In fact, Boehlert wrote, the Trump administration not only ignored the CDC pandemic plans, “they’ve actively done the opposite.”
As The Inquisitr has reported, Trump was given repeated intelligence briefings in January and February warning of the coming coronavirus pandemic then killing thousands in China’s Hubei Province. Despite urgings to respond by some of his advisers, however, Trump “failed to take action that might have slowed the spread,” according to the Washington Post investigation that revealed the coronavirus intelligence briefings.