Donald Trump made a controversial statement on Twitter when the corona virus started making its way into the news and daily life. He compared it to the flu. “Nothing is shut down.. Life goes on.”
He downplayed the event. Even though the virus was spreading across China outside of China, and the death rate was higher than the flu, and it was more contagious than the flu, Trump tweeted that it’s not a big deal and to carry on as usual.
Did Trump want old people to die? Did he want the economy to grind to a halt? Did he actually think the Chinese were lying and that it wasn’t a bad illness?
No. He didn’t. Trump has more information than anyone on the planet. He had advisors that told him this is no flu. He also had advisors that told him what would happen if things shut down – life would never be the same. Someone had to make the statement he did. It couldn’t have come from a medical professional – since it is a disease to take seriously, and it had to come from someone high up in his organization. It took courage to say that it’s just a flu, when he and everyone else knew it was not just a flu.
America depends on the financial markets. It’s our competitive edge over other countries. Our markets allow for ingenuity and technological advancement, top colleges, and enough top industry and financial gatekeepers to attract the brightest students, employees, and entrepreneurs from all over the world. It’s this that keeps us ahead of China and other nations in arms and money races. Without dominance in arms and money, the US takes a backseat to nations that allow for fewer individual freedoms to decide international policy for others. We don’t want that. Trump knows we don’t want that.
Our financial system was hanging on by a thread. Money had been pumped into it for decades, incentivizing reckless spend, inefficient hiring, but also innovation. And it gave those inefficient employees a chance to make some money so they could spend it on things that have to be made by someone else. Thus the economy keeps moving. It all depended on belief that the dollar is better spent elsewhere than held on to. Which, when money is pumped into the economy which makes inflation rally, it makes sense to do. When that money is moving around and not held onto, innovation is incentivized by those dollars.
I said Trump had courage because he made a promise to try his hardest to keep life going on as we know it. That meant a call on individual lives from people who will get sick and die because of lack of action in shutting things down. However, it could also mean the markets crash and people lose their jobs, savings, homes, and livelihoods. This is what Trump was seeking to protect in his tweet.
His actions weren’t courageous because it was the right thing to do. His actions were courageous because it’s what *most of you* wanted to happen, but couldn’t admit publicly. So you left the President to say it for you. Trump did a dangerous thing by tweeting it’s just a flu.
Instead of the virus killing off a 14% of the population, most of which is unproductive over a few months, which would be horrible and have major world consequences, we shut down the financial markets. Now we’re going to face mass unemployment and an economy that will never get back to where it was.
Lives would end over the illness and more because they weren’t prepared. But it was the last Hail Mary thrown so that you, basic girl and haze bro, could get your pumpkin spice latte and IPA. Without the latte and IPA that you can show to your friends on Instagram, you are without meaning and direction. Trump tried to save you from that.
It could never work.