Winterborn wrote: ↑
Wed Sep 09, 2020 10:37 am
GannonFan wrote: ↑
Wed Sep 09, 2020 10:34 am
Each side is able to take from it what they want - those that hate Trump will say "he lied" or "he covered it up" and those that are Trump backers will stick with his "being a cheerleader" for the nation and "not wanting to cause panic". Like everything Trump, stuff he does and says always results in extreme reactions. You're right, at this point the zealots on either side aren't going to be swayed by really any information.
There is a reason they are zealots.
Indeed. The WSJ has done a really good job since the start of August with some investigative articles about what went wrong at the start of the pandemic and where mistakes were made that made things worse. Trump gets his blame, as he should, but there's very few who did things right either. From China's CDC unable to realize what was happening, to our own CDC and health experts not able to determine what was initially wrong with our tests, to the WHO being a bureaucratic sloth, to Trump and other leaders painting an incredibly rosy picture right before things got bad, to this virus just being that much more contagious and deadly than any that came before it, it was a bad situation that was handled badly in many cases.
Our own political divisions certainly made it worse here as well, as we show zero signs of rallying together to overcome this. It's like if we spent the bulk of 1942 with either his opponents railing against FDR and whether he was asleep at the wheel when Pearl Harbor happened or his supporters saying only he could save us. We never would've had Guadalcanal and Midway, the latter being just 6 months after Pearl, to turn the tide and would've given Japan a whole year to do what they will in the Pacific. Thankfully, we didn't, but we are showing that level of political paralysis today that hampers us moving forward.