According to the Washington Post, President Donald Trump’s strategy for managing the political fallout of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is now pretty rudimentary:
The goal is to convince Americans that they can live with the virus — that schools should reopen, professional sports should return, a vaccine is likely to arrive by the end of the year and the economy will continue to improve.
White House officials also hope Americans will grow numb to the escalating death toll and learn to accept tens of thousands of new cases a day, [Pols emphasis] according to three people familiar with the White House’s thinking, who requested anonymity to reveal internal deliberations. Americans will “live with the virus being a threat,” in the words of one of those people, a senior administration official.
There’s a time-honored validity to this assumption as horrifying as it may sound at first blush: much like America eventually became “numb” to Trump’s almost daily deluge of disqualifying statements and actions as President, the “hope” is that perhaps they’ll get to the same place of resignation about the pandemic’s death toll. For those keeping score, yes, that’s the same pandemic Trump assured us was over before it even began, and has now killed and infected more Americans than any other nation on Earth.
The strategy does work. At length, it does become difficult to find fresh words to describe the horror.
We can’t wait to hear what Sen. Cory Gardner thinks of this, knowing we most likely never will.