Charles P. Pierce, writing for Esquire:
Is this enough? Truly, is this enough for the country that looked
at itself after eight years of a competent presidency and decided
to hand things over to a vulgar talking yam? Are the vacant
airports and deserted subways enough? Will the empty arenas and
ballparks be enough? Is the plunging stock market enough? When
the ambulances start hauling away the old folks down the block,
will that be enough? How in god’s name can anyone vote for four
more years of this, four more years of a choleric fatburg of a
man who calls a press conference about a global health emergency
and asks a reporter for Fox News how the ratings were for his
last town hall? How does that man carry a precinct, let alone a
state, let alone the country? Christ, even Ted Cruz is doing the
right thing here.
What is so heartbreaking and frustrating is that this disaster of a response was entirely predictable. What other than this could we expect from an administration that gutted the CDC, is opposed to science, and is led by a president who surrounds himself with obsequious yes-people and is a career con man who thinks he can bullshit his way through anything?