Coronavirus

“try getting it yourselves”

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

What is the federal government doing to mitigate a critical shortage of medical equipment?

Little to nothing, it appears, based on Trump's own words.

The Trump regime held a conference call with a group of state governors this morning during which he told states to fend for themselves.

Respirators, ventilators, all of the equipment — try getting it yourselves,” Mr. Trump told the governors during the conference call, a recording of which was shared with The New York Times.

“We will be backing you, but try getting it yourselves. Point of sales, much better, much more direct if you can get it yourself.”

The suggestion surprised some of the governors, who have been scrambling to contain the outbreak and are increasingly looking to the federal government for help with equipment, personnel and financial aid.

As experts who know better than I do have pointed out, telling state governments to fend for themselves, rather than coordinating distribution through the federal government, will trigger a free-for-all in which states are competing with each other for critical supplies. The federal government could take control of the situation and distribute supplies to areas with the greatest shortage but, with no one at the helm, states will have to find some way to coordinate that themselves.

All things considered, I infer that Trump wants states to handle this themselves because federal control would expose him to greater responsibility while also contradicting his narrative that everything is actually fine. And if things are not fine, he can always blame the governors, right?

Everything about this disaster is exacerbated by having an egomaniacal sociopath in the White House.

  • Christopher Foxx

    All things considered, I infer that Trump wants states to handle this themselves because federal control would expose him to greater responsibility while also contradicting his narrative that everything is actually fine.

    I infer Trump wants states to handle this because, as with everything other than perhaps declaring bankruptcy, he has absolutely no idea what to do and the prospect of having to actually deal with anything terrifies him.

  • muselet

    “Try getting it yourselves.”

    Thereby telling states to spend far too much on urgently-needed medical equipment.

    “We will be backing you, but try getting it yourselves. Point of sales, much better, much more direct if you can get it yourself.”

    Sweet monkey fritters. This isn’t like buying a car, you oaf! The federal government has a lot more purchasing power than an individual state and can more effectively push the prices of products down. Is Donald Trump angling for campaign contributions from medical equipment manufacturers?

    The most galling part of this entire Charlie Foxtrot is the willingness—nay, eagerness—of everyone in the administration, from Trump down, to blast the Obama administration for its response to the 2009–10 H1N1 pandemic (which might not have been perfect, but was pretty damn’ good). As if that made the Trump administration’s response to Covid-19 look better (it doesn’t).

    –alopecia

    • Christopher Foxx

      Sweet monkey fritters. This isn’t like buying a car, you oaf! The federal government has a lot more purchasing power than an individual state and can more effectively push the prices of products down.

      But Trump has no idea how the government works or what it should do. So how could we possibly expect any reaction from him other than to quickly pass responsibility to someone else?

  • 1933john

    It’s voter suppression by death.

  • katanahamon

    Before we even know the publics’ full extent of difficulties, the airline industry wants billions and billions to bail them out. After a giant tax cut, cut regs, every possible advantage..this is why we need to do a better job of educating the public that..the Republicans are out to profit literally at the expense of the public, to the point of our deaths. We also need to eliminate voter suppression, and must have better verification of our voting process.

  • Badgerite

    Well, at least we can take comfort in the knowledge that Ivanka is flouncing around the halls of power in designer dresses. That’s the really important thing, after all.
    Has Jared had time to Google “pandemic” yet?