-Well its super encouraging the president can totally fail to encourage the absolute easiest mitigation efforts because he's "annoyed"
It's not his job, but sure. If you'd like to belong to the nanny state and need the president to tell you what to do with your own personal life, you and I walk two different paths. I've worn a mask everywhere since day 1. I don't need someone other than a doctor to explain to me the risks of covid. It's not his job.
-Threat is extremely high at large events, especially indoor ones. iIs literally the first thing we stopped doing as a country. People choosing to go doesn't make it a good idea to have them. Actually try being a leader rather than succumbing to your own ego.
AFAIK, every event since the first one has been outdoors and there is clearly social distancing and masks being worn, and people are facing the same direction.
-We LITERALLY DO KNOW he pushed treatments that have not been scientifically demonstrated to be effective and in fact may have negative side effects.
No you LITERALLY DO NOT. You are not a doctor (well you actually could be), nor are you anyone that knows what treatments hospitals are pushing. You're receiving your information from CNN, who has a paid interest in making him look foolish and discrediting everything that he has to say. The narrative is that "his treatments are unverified and have serious side effects." OK. How many people died based on those treatments? To make a baseless claim that they have side-effects.. well guess what... Every medicine has side effects -- including Tylenol.
-It is not directly his decision to close, but he is the leader of the free world. If he tells republican governors to close their states, they will, because they do almost everything he asks. Believing otherwise is unbearably naive.
Again, we saw no evidence of this. Democrats and Republicans both reopened about the same time... once we got our safety protocols in order, prepared the hospitals, and when the curve dropped to the point that hospitals could handle the incoming serious case infections.
-His point may very well have been numbers are overinflated because we test a lot. But that itself is incredibly stupid, because testing has no effect on the actual problem. It doesn't go away if you shove your head in the sand. Its just information, incredibly important information that allows us to slow the spread of the virus. And another area in which Trump failed as the US lagged behind worldwide testing rates for months.
I know that you think that a president is a magician and can waive a wand and things get done, but it's just simply not true. Based on how slow government moves, I'd say he did a fantastic job getting states the aid they need to get their testing facilities in order.
-No, its not. He could have for instance coordinated distribution at the national level. Instead he allowed states to largely fend for themselves. Its well documented.
Because that is how it works. Again, please understand how government works.
-Yes aid ran out, aid ran out because the president and republicans don't want to authorize more. No problem giving a tax break to millionaires but god forbid states/cities/people need money in a crisis. To be fair I think this may be more a Republican Senate issue, as Trump has never seemed to have an issue spending money or going into debt to do so.
Considering the guy signed the first one, I don't know why you expect that he's the reason why they aren't passing another one? I prefer to go based on evidence as opposed to "he probably X."
-I mean sure, he ran on repealing and ACA. When there wasn't a pandemic. I dont know, rethink things based on context?
Again, you are implying that ACA is the best way to solve healthcare. There are a lot of people, like myself, that believe that the sole role of government in healthcare is to remove all of the red tape that makes things expensive. If things are cheap, you could literally buy the health insurance yourself like car insurance and not be tied to an employer or the federal government. In an ideal world, the pre-existing conditions would be solved through competition -- I would not buy your health insurance unless you cover pre-existing conditions. We're so far down the rabbit hole of terrible healthcare legislation that in reality there needs to be something mandating is because the current healthcare system is a complete monopoly.
And no, he doesn't get credit for the travel ban/shutdown. For a pretty obvious reason: His complete lack of competence in all other areas of this crisis meant he largely squandered any advantage those actions gave the country. Both of those are meant to "buy time" while you formulate a plan, he never did and in fact continued to downplay the seriousness of the threat even as we shutdown.
OK.. the "buy time" part clearly shows me you're glued to the fake news. Re-read my paragraph on what the function of the federal government is in combating pandemics. It's their job to stop it from coming into the country. When he started imposing travel restrictions, it seemed like it was early and an overreaction to most. In hindsight, the guy was right. I can't say he was right, though, because it's likely Fauci or other people told him that he needs to act. Either way, he acted. The second role of the government in a pandemic that has already crossed the border is to provide aid to states -- which by all accounts (he's right on this), he did. The "formulating a plan" is on a state by state basis because Montana and New York have two separate needs in fighting COVID.
If you wnat to support/vote for the guy in spite of these things thats your choice. You are allowed to make whatever value proposition you want. Just dont go trying to tell everybody Trump has been treated unfairly on this, he hasn't.
How is Biden better in any regard? I view them as very close on a political spectrum. Biden is a much nicer person, but he is at high risk of passing programs that would be disastrous for our country. I wish I could be voting for Biden, but unfortunately you have to vote for the party platform because there's exactly no way he is vetoing any of the nonsense that comes his way.