By Blake Todes
At a time of crisis, Americans look for a leader. However, in this coronavirus pandemic, Americans find it hard to trust their own President to handle this coronavirus crisis due to his constant spread of misinformation.
On Jan. 22, President Trump said, “We have it all under control. It’s one person coming in from China, and we have it under control. It’s going to be just fine.” At a campaign rally on Feb. 28, Trump said the number of cases in the U.S. are going to be down to zero soon. Today, the U.S. leads the world in coronavirus cases with nearly 400,000 confirmed cases.
Trump continuously likes to say that if he knew earlier about coronavirus, he would have done something. However, Trump knew and he squandered, risking the lives of many Americans.
By February, the CDC began sending test kits to laboratories around the country, as they knew community spread was occurring in many parts of the country. Trump tried to downplay the threat of the virus, however, by inaccurately comparing COVID-19 to the flu. It was not until mid-March when Trump admitted COVID-19 was much more serious than the flu and recommended social distancing guidelines. However, there are still no official nationwide social distancing restrictions that have been enforced.
Trump’s handling of the coronavirus crisis shows that he is unfit to serve as the President of the United States. He is putting his narcissism ahead of American lives and even the economy.
In these uncertain times, the United States needs a strong leader who can help this country escape this crisis with minimal losses. Vice President Mike Pence and eight other cabinet members must enact the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office and put Pence in power because Trump’s incompetence and spread of dangerous misinformation is putting too many lives at risk.
Truthfully, the only people Americans can trust when it comes to coronavirus concerns are Dr. Deborah Birx and Dr. Anthony Fauci. Birx and Fauci have worked together at the beginning of the AIDS crisis and have made major contributions in the treatment of HIV and AIDS. Both doctors are highly qualified medical professionals. If anyone is going to watch the White House press briefings, they should only listen to Birx and Fauci.
Most importantly, everyone needs to stay home unless there is an emergency. ICUs are reaching capacity around the nation, and it is every American’s duty to flatten the curve to prevent our healthcare system from overloading. Social distancing is key in mitigating the virus until we have a vaccine or cure. Now is not the time to prioritize the economy over human life. As Dr. Anthony Fauci said, “You don’t make the timeline; the virus makes the timeline.”