Donald Trump finally muted his pathologically-lying sociopath act this week to ‘support’ mask-wearing and distancing. This after nearly seven months of turning Americans into two groups: those who believe science and those who don’t. As expected, many in the media jumped on the infuriatingly all-too-familiar ‘he’s finally acting presidential’ bandwagon yet again.
But make no mistake. The Gaslighter-in-Chief, who’s spent 4-million cases and 145,000 deaths mocking the deadly virus as a “democrat hoax”…and who’s said he doesn’t believe in masks, distancing and that “testing is overrated”…does not for one nanosecond believe a syllable of what’s he’s said this week. It’s purely about politics and his re-election. Period.
Below are highlights of Trump’s Corona Virus ‘task force briefing’ comments Thursday, run through the TrumpTranslation machine:
“I looked at my team and I said the timing for this event is not right. It’s just not right with what’s been happening” = ‘My team said to me, Sir, you’re not running against Biden, you’re running against Covid. And you’re losing. Big. BIG. You must at least pretend like you give a shit’ or it’s truly over’
“I said there’s nothing more important in our country than keeping our people safe” = ‘Actually, what’s more important to me is me…and making sure I win in November. And I’ll do anything I have to now to win…even if it means pretending I believe in masks and distancing’
“I could see the media saying ‘Oh, this is very unsafe.’ I don’t want to be in that position” = ‘I actually don’t give a shit whether it’s safe or not. I just don’t wanna be accused by the media of doing something unsafe. It’s all about optics’
“We have to be vigilant. We have to be careful…It’s hard for us to say we’re going to have a lot of people packed in a room and then other people shouldn’t do it” = ‘Except for those pesky little school-brats…pack ’em in!’
Trump’s fake come-to-Jesus moment came just 4 days after his batshit-crazy interview with Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday where maintained his anti-mask posture:
“I don’t agree with the statement that if everybody wear a mask everything disappears…All of sudden everybody’s got to wear a mask, and as you know masks cause problems, too.”
Nothing’s changed. Trump is still the same old defiant science-denier who still doesn’t wear a mask in public. He carries one in his pocket and frequently takes it out to show he has it…but it’s like holding up a condom during unprotected sex and expecting a pat on the back for being careful.
Here’s the truth about the ‘pivot’: Trump is tanking in the polls…both nationally and in every key swing state. The same day the pivot came we also saw new polling showing him 13 points behind Joe Biden in Florida. To be sure, it was a disastrous week for Trump’s re-election hopes. If the election were held today he’d lose in a historic landslide.
So his handlers finally got through to him in a way they couldn’t before. This time because the woe-is-me manbaby himself is finally feeling his existential crisis. But the problem for his handlers, and ultimately much worse for Trump, is that he’s a pathologically-lying self-serving sociopath who can’t change his spots and must continue to toss blood-dripping red meat to his base. He gives them the divisive conspiratorial science-bashing hate-rhetoric they crave and in turn they give him the love, attention and affirmation he craves. That’s a dynamic that will never change.
So in another day or so we’ll all be talking about the unconscionably inappropriately mocking, dishonest, irresponsible, self-serving dangerous things Trump’s said, tweeted and done to reverse his reversal…continuing to put Americans’ health and lives in danger.