Donald Trump brags about the ratings for his daily briefings on a deadly pandemic

Coronavirus Task Force Press Briefing

I spent the weekend in a haze of my Saving Grace re-watch and barely paid any attention to the news. I know, that’s horrible, but the news is horrible and I can’t spend all of my waking moments panicking about all of this. From what I gather, Donald Trump was particularly unhinged this weekend? Did his golf course shut down because of the pandemic, and so Trump actually had to do some meetings or something? One thing he did: bragged about the ratings for his bonkers daily press conferences.

Imagine for a moment the sick mind of this man. He brags about ratings during a pandemic. He brags about how people are scared and worried and searching for any kind of leadership. He spends an hour every day holding his Nazi rallies behind the White House podium. It’s disgusting. Meanwhile, there was one big piece of news: Trump has now given up on his whole “we’ll be open for business by Easter” idea:

President Donald Trump has extended social distancing guidelines to April 30 to “slow the spread” of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

“The modeling estimates that the peak in death rate is likely to hit in two weeks. I will say it again. The peak, the highest point of death rates, remember this, is likely to hit in two weeks,” he said during Sunday’s press briefing.

“Therefore, we will be extending our guidelines to April 30 to slow the spread,” Trump, 73, said. The president had previously expressed a desire to reopen the country by Easter. However, he told reporters on Sunday, “it was just an aspiration,” adding that he hopes the country will “be well on our way to recovery” by June 1.

Also during the briefing, PBS News Hour‘s Yamiche Alcindor asked Trump about his recent comment regarding filling federal orders for medical equipment. “Be nice. Don’t be threatening,” he said in response to Alcindor, who accurately recited the president’s quotes from a recent Sean Hannity interview about New York governor Andrew Cuomo’s need for more ventilators to aid victims of the coronavirus pandemic.

[From People]

Yeah, not only has Trump been extremely jealous of Cuomo’s soaring popularity and Cuomo’s daily briefings full of compassion and humanity, but Trump also got into a massive beef with Michigan’s governor Gretchen Whitmer, who is a woman and a Democrat. Trump basically said that the federal government wouldn’t help out Michigan unless Gov. Whitmer was nice to him and stroked his bloated ego. Which is not how federal aid works. That’s not how any of this works.

Coronavirus Task Force Press Briefing

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  1. bekindbekindbekind says:

    The man is mentally unfit.

    Time to stop debating the daily examples of his inability to mentally, physically or emotionally do his job and invoke Amendment 25.

    His sociopathic narcissism is killing us and destroying our nation.

    And Mitch’s GOP stand by and cheer him. Or hide and say nothing.

    As people die by the thousands.

    Sorry to be Debbie Downer this early on a Monday. Hope everybody is safe and feeling well.

    • Esmom says:

      You’re not a Debbie Downer, you are a realist. Every day Trump manages to shock me yet again with his utter inability to think of anyone but himself. We couldn’t have picked a less qualified person for our highest office.

      And with so many Americans completely ignoring social distancing guidelines, I see more clearly than ever how Trump was elected. Selfish idiots are more numerous than I ever imagined.

      • Christin says:

        Your last sentence is so spot on. Selfish idiocy abounds. The last four years have illustrated this more than my other years of life combined.

      • Dorothy Zbornak says:

        It’s so sad and frustrating. I can’t understand how some people are still not taking this seriously. Falwell reopening Liberty University, hundreds of people gathering at churches in Louisiana and Florida, people lining up at gun shops, and the list goes on and on. And Trump’s approval ratings are actually going up even as he gives these unhinged and dangerous “briefings.”

      • Kath says:

        I hate to say it, but given the vastly different reactions and levels of preparedness in blue vs red states – Trump’s voter base (poorly educated older white people in rural areas) may end up getting decimated by this virus.

    • ➕💯💯💯💯💯 ….what’s really insane to me is how many highly educated and/or supposed followers of Christ buy into his Nazi bulls**t. My next door neighbor (75 years old) stood out in his driveway yesterday and proceeded to lecture my husband that the virus was no worse than the flu and how this was a plot by the democrats to try to take Trump down and ruin the country. And yet, he is self isolating —- I guess just in case, huh. 🤦🏻‍♀️ There’s a story out of Washington state about a pastor deciding to go forward with choir practice at church. Of the 121 choir members, 60 showed up, now, 3 weeks later, 45 of them have the virus, 3 have been hospitalized and 2 are dead. It says in the article that infectious disease experts are looking hard at this as the group didn’t touch, stood far apart, etc. They are now beginning to rethink that virus is spread not only by respiratory droplets and rethinking that it can also be spread via aerosol mist (simply breathing). They have found the virus can stay alive for up to 3 hours in that ‘mist’ whereas before they discounted it. The choir —- by nature of their actions — were breathing in and out heavily as they sang which creates an aerosol mist and thus one or more of them (they were all non-symptomatic) infected the air and within that breathy mist the virus was potent enough to infect 75% of them. Very scary stuff. I recommend searching for article and giving it a read. I read it in the Los Angeles Times. I wear gloves when I’m out, now I’m beginning to rethink the mask as well.

    • Bob Gunderson says:

      Resident Dump needs to go. His boss Putin can set him up with a rubber room in Siberia.

  2. Seraphina says:

    Yes his rating are sky high in the comedy genre, although it’s more like a Greek tragedy.

    Keep up the good work Mr. Trump and set that bar low.

    On a side note, I was watching the Tiger King last night (I’m ducking in shame but is what it is) and when the guy was running for Governor everything they said about him could be said for this idiot we have in office. 🤦🏻‍♀️

    • Kentuckygirl says:

      I am watching Tiger King too! You know, I’ve seen some weird things in my life, lots of weird things…. but Tiger King is like nothing I have ever seen before. The cringe is strong on that one!

      • Kentuckygirl says:

        If you’ve made it it the small John Oliver part, this weekend He tweeted that on second thought, Joe Exotic was the second-worst candidate that year. 😂

    • Erinn says:

      I’m only one episode in. But Joe Exotic literally ran for president, didn’t he? I remember seeing articles about him years ago.

      • Seraphina says:

        Yes I remember him running too as I watched. It’s a crazy ass show and even better with friends and alcohol!!

  3. KellyRyan says:

    Imagine being so insecure you need constant attention for validation. Ego maniac with an inferiority complex. I don’t watch when he is on, brief blurbs with reporters is my limit. I am pleased Gov Cuomo is being televised and I wish we had our Govs across the US getting the attention. Locally, Mayor of LA, Gil Garcetti and Gov Newsom are being televised.

  4. Jerusha says:

    I hope he you know whats, very painfully. And for the posters who come on and talk about his becoming a martyr, I don’t give a flip.

  5. grabbyhands says:

    And the disgusting thing is – it’s working for him. Inexplicably, his approval ratings continue to go up. If I live to be 1000, I would never be able to understand how a sociopathic, malignant narcissistic man baby could give absolutely childish, lie filled briefs every day and STILL be considered to be doing a good job outside of the cultists that slavishly hang on his every word.

    • bekindbekindbekind says:

      Spin is potent and dangerous.

      That poll the other day that said he had a 50% approval rating for his handling of the crisis?

      That was a poll of 1,000 people.

      1,000 people. In a country of 327 million.

      First of all, that a ridiculous number to take seriously.

      Secondly, it’s very easy to skew a poll depending on how the question is phrased and who is asked.

      1,000 people.

      I’d guess a lot more than that read this (wonderful) site every day.

      • Steff says:

        Don’t believe it. He fixes the polls. Michael Cohen has said he asked him to do it for him and this was during the campaign. Now he has more power to do so and you best believe his weak thin-skinned ass has made this a top priority.

    • Joan Callamezzo says:

      My theory is that the people polled were called on land lines. Who has land lines? For the most part the elderly, the Fox News watchers buying into the Trump propaganda.

      • Andrea says:

        My father is 77 and my mom is almost 71 and they still have a landline. My father is a Trump supporter in downstate Ny too!

    • Veronica S. says:

      Approval ratings for presidents always go up during war or crises. It’s called the “rally effect” (short for “rally ’round the flag”). This being said, I don’t know at all what I’m going to do if he gets back in with a Republican Congress in November. We have to flip at least one branch.

      • Digital Unicorn says:

        I would keep him away from the flag – I still can’t unsee that photo of him dry humping the stars and stripes on a flag pole.

  6. Kealeen says:

    We need to stop saying, “that’s not how this works,” accept that this is now how this works, and vote to make sure it stops working this way. I saw yesterday that Biden is LOSING ground to Trump, and wanted to vomit. You know what Biden would do? At least make sure we have some kind of plan and team in place for the situation we’re in now, and not run the country like a demented feudal lord.

  7. Sidewithkids says:

    This man is a fool. I think the polls are wrong. Who are they polling? Where are they polling? I’ve never been apart of these so called polls. A lot of people can see he’s not doing a great job of this. Biden needs to do more for sure too tho. The Democrats, period, need to do a better job, really. They need to start taking advantage of what this fool gives them.

    • Swack says:

      I’m not a part of these polls either. Probably because I won’t answer any phone call that I don’t recognize the number for. If they need me they can leave a message and will call right back. I will say the number of spam calls each day are about zero right now – a plus for me.

  8. AmyB says:

    I just simply DO NOT understand how people can listen to his bullshit nonsense and think he is doing a good job???? Are they idiots? Are they simply not listening to the same man I am listening to?????? I do not get it for one minute! I was appalled when he voted into office, but in some ways I sort of got it – people were disgusted with the political rhetoric, and he provided a way out in a way. And some people were sick of Clinton, I get it. Trust me though, that was never how I felt! LOL…I hated Trump as a reality TV star, hate him more now. He clearly has some psychological issues (in my opinion) and he is just a morally corrupt man unfit for the President of the United States. PERIOD. He is an embarrassment to our country. And now? Faced with this pandemic? It’s a f**king nightmare!

  9. greenmonster says:

    If only his parents would have loved him or given him any attention…

  10. Chelle says:

    Every person who voted for him has blood on their hands. I pray for you all.

  11. Veronica S. says:

    Michigan went red in 2016. Wonder how much they’re regretting that decision now. I know my state is.

    • Ashipper says:

      Especially now that he’s attacking their governor. He’s enraged that a woman is in a position of power to question him. The fact that he’s playing games with our governors because they’re not kissing his ring to his liking is so disgusting. There are no words.

  12. M Narang says:

    Narcissists don’t change. They make everything about themselves & the only way to deal with them is to walk away.

  13. Swack says:

    Mar A Lago has been closed for a couple weeks. He is probably going through golf withdrawal. Hopefully someone convinced him it wouldn’t look good to be golfing at this point. What aggravates me is his “do as I say, not as I do” attitude. Every press conference has at least 5 others by the podium (not the required 6 ft separation) and the picture of the signing of stimulus bill had over 10 people in the room standing shoulder to shoulder. Everyone please stay safe!

  14. Lightpurple says:

    His actions of hoarding supplies have resulted in bidding wars between the states which all go for naught as he then impounds what the states ordered and then doles it out to those he likes. Massachusetts has received only 17 percent of what it requested and we are a hot spot. Nearly 200 of our healthcare professionals working in 3 hospitals have contacted the virus. Our Republican governor is not holding back on placing the blame squarely on Trump.

    • Scal says:

      But now he’s trying to gaslight everyone by either saying 1) they didn’t ask 2) if they did ask it was rude and 3) if they did ask he doesn’t think they need that many vents/gowns anyway. Ugh.

      The flip flopping between we stay open/close through April, quarantine ny/travel guideline, we are sending equipment/no we aren’t is giving me whiplash. In some cases he changes his tune within 48 hours. This is what happens when you have someone that chases ratings and gets his info from Fox News instead of leading the country.

  15. Teebee says:

    Imagine the frustration of vital US experts and the experienced members of his administration as they WASTE VALUABLE TIME DURING THIS GLOBAL CRISIS to mollycoddle this utter moron into doing what is necessary for his citizenry.

    And watch as he TAKES CREDIT FOR SAVING LIVES after finally listening to the bombardment of data and projections THAT ARE CLEARLY UNFOLDING BEFORE HIS VERY EYES.

    And that folks is how he plans to steal election 2020. Instead of admitting fault or failure for the THOUSANDS that will have died unnecessarily, he will take credit for the millions he “saved”.

  16. Valerie says:

    What an absolute stupid fuck. Does he want his country to burn? Does he not realize that when the ship goes down, it’ll take many of his precious supporters? Disgusting isn’t even the word for this.

    • Jerusha says:

      “What an absolute stupid fuck. Does he want his country to burn? “ He doesn’t care.

      “Does he not realize that when the ship goes down, it’ll take many of his precious supporters?“ He doesn’t care.

      Apart from himself, money and ivanka’s T & A, he doesn’t care about anything.

      • Valerie says:

        Exactly. But you’d think he’d care about the second bit because it directly affects him. He doesn’t actually care about voters’ lives, he needs their bodies in Novembers. And a lot of them won’t be there because they put their faith in him.

      • Jerusha says:

        He doesn’t plan ahead. It’s all impulse. Then lie and deny what he just did/said ten minutes earlier.

    • Eleonor says:

      ” he would see this country burn if he could be King of the ashes”

    • Lightpurple says:

      Look where he does send supplies. Florida voted for him so Florida gets what it asks for. Massachusetts and Maine didn’t so Massachusetts and Maine don’t get what they asked for no matter how hard Susan Collins twists her pearls. Colorado voted for Clinton so Colorado gets ONE days worth of supplies. Michigan? A Democratic governor who also compounds that with the sin of being a woman so even though Michigan voted for him in 2016, they get denied for electing that woman and he blames HER. His voters will support that.

    • Andrea says:

      He only thinks about the immediate adoration and assumes that it will keep coming. He is a classic narcissist. He also doesn’t care about his base nor does he know where most of them live (he doesn’t know that there is a Kansas City Kansas AND Missouri for example). If lots of poor souls die, he quite frankly ultimately doesn’t care because he lacks empathy and compassion. Anyone voting for him come November should not call themselves religious by any means at this point.

  17. MeghanNotMarkle says:

    I don’t even have the energy to deal with this anymore.

  18. Jerusha says:

    I loved this response to Covidiot-in-Chief.
    https://twitter.com/joelockhart/status/1244342113808060419?s=21

  19. adastraperaspera says:

    He is a criminal and a sadist. The press did not do their job vetting this monster before the election. So many things, such as his ties to Epstein and human trafficking, his drug addiction and the fact his father worked with the mob and pulled him into it like he has his own children. This is a travesty. His resentment politics opened the pandora’s box of petty deplorables. And here we are. Look to the governors who are leading on this and hold fast.

  20. pottymouth pup says:

    thanks to his lack of support for social isolation and the fact that people from counties/states w/shelter in place orders are traveling to outer counties/states to be able to go out, we will not hit peak in two weeks. We are more likely to hit peak some time in May and if people don’t start taking this seriously it’s going to be a higher peak w/extended duration before the country can begin to assess the damage and figure out what our new normal will be.

  21. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    How much of our medical equipment shortage is the result of shipping our stores to China? Early February was it? And how much of our current situation is the result of dissolving the committee charged with pandemic preparedness in 2018? Doesn’t matter. Nothing matters with this administration. His voters think he’s Midas. It’s people like us who are the deceivers.

  22. Jayna says:

    I cannot take seeing his ugly mug every day on TV and listening to his idiocy. I’m losing my mind. I can’t take another day with him in office. All I want to hear from at that podium is Dr. Fauci.

  23. Liz version 700 says:

    the fact that a psychopath is running the pandemic response and watching his rating scares the hell out of me.