Coronavirus

Report: Covering Trump’s Ass Now Top Priority for Reopening Economy

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Officials within the Trump regime who spoke to the Washington Post say there is no longer any debate that Trump will call for reopening the economy on May 1st so, to that end, Trump's staff and advisers are focusing on other priorities.

Mainly, they're focused on ensuring that Trump doesn't get blamed if reopening the economy too soon leads to another outbreak.

Officials say they're trying to secure as many co-signers as they can so there's plenty of blame to go around.

Rather, the debate this week has been over how to implement the return, what data could be used to justify the decision, and how to build public support for it to provide the president maximum political cover, according to one senior administration official involved in the discussions and a second person who has been briefed on them.

Trump’s advisers are trying to shield the president from political accountability should his move to reopen the economy prove premature and result in lost lives, and so they are trying to mobilize business executives, economists and other prominent figures to buy into the eventual White House plan, so that if it does not work, the blame can be shared broadly, according to two former administration officials familiar with the efforts.

The Washington Post's sources say the regime's current thinking is to have the U.S. Chamber of Commerce lead the way because the organization is the "spokesman for American business."

I'm sure many businesses would find that debatable, but I personally find it amusing because the Trump regime has routinely ignored the Chamber of Commerce over the past two years. The Chamber has long opposed Trump's global trade war, but Trump's war is still ongoing today while he leans on the Chamber to accept responsibility for whatever happens next.

If the Chamber sticks their neck out for Trump they will deserve whatever is coming to them, but the latter can't escape blame.

Trump originally called for reopening the economy last week and he's been calling for reopening it next month ever since then. It's no secret where the idea came from and it did not come from the medical experts that Trump is increasingly ignoring if not threatening to fire them.

The fact that Trump and his inner circle are concerned enough to arrange a series of political ass-covering measures before they proceed, and the fact that covering Trump's ass is their highest priority at this point, tell us all we need to know about the efficacy of their plans. It also tell us they may be lizards in human suits.

  • Draxiar

    *sigh*

    If it’s okay to open the economy why would they need to cover his ass? Yeah…because they know it’s not a good idea. The insidious part is they’ll do it despite knowing it could cost lives.

    Agreed…anyone that is foolish enough to sign this decree to “open the economy” (can’t open what you never closed fuckwits) deserves to share the blame…which trump should rightly get the majority of.

  • Christopher Foxx

    and the fact that covering Trump’s ass is their highest priority at this point

    At this point? When has it not been?

  • muselet

    The US Chamber of Commerce may not be willing to be a designated scapegoat (I was surprised to read this morning that it had criticized the Trump administration for withholding funding for the WHO). I don’t think “business executives, economists and other prominent figures” will want to share the blame when things go pear-shaped, either.

    At least I hope they don’t, since my nearest Pitchforks, Torches and Beyond is low on inventory, and Tumbrels ‘R’ Us isn’t classified as an essential business.

    Any president would have the upcoming election in the back of his/her mind, but I can’t think of many who would make that a priority.

    Again, it’s what you have to expect from a narcissist.

    –alopecia

    • Nefercat

      Any president would have the upcoming election in the back of his/her mind, but I can’t think of many who would make that a priority.

      Well, I can think of any number of them who might have been really focused on reelection. However, that being the case, they would make damn sure that their handling of the pandemic crisis would be superb. They wouldn’t just stupidly hope the virus would go away and when it didn’t, pretend it didn’t exist by refusing to test for it because then the numbers would go up.

      None those people who have suffered and/or died from the virus matter to trump, and because they don’t matter to him, he can’t comprehend that they matter to anyone else, either. Hopefully, that will be his downfall.

      As far as I know, he has never, not once, ever, uttered any expression of condolences to the bereaved.

      • muselet

        I can think of a couple of presidents who (privately) would have been jubilant that they got to play Hero! in a Time of Crisis!, but they would also have moved heaven and earth to find actual experts—not cranks and charlatans who appear on the teevee—and then get out of their way. Those presidents certainly would not have spent an hour a day squawking at reporters for asking tough but reasonable questions, either.

        And the only time I am aware that Donald Trump has had even a passing thought of the dead was when he sent this horrifying tweet:

        Once we OPEN UP OUR GREAT COUNTRY, and it will be sooner rather than later, the horror of the Invisible Enemy, except for those that sadly lost a family member or friend, must be quickly forgotten. Our Economy will BOOM, perhaps like never before!!!

        The man is a sociopath.

        –alopecia

        • Nefercat

          Exactly. At least a smart sociopath would have handled the pandemic well, even if just to benefit politicqally from it. Sadly, trump is not only a sociopath, but a stupid one.

  • mnpollio

    And a fool shall lead them. I really do wonder, in some alternative time line, how this whole disaster would have panned out with someone calm, cool, collected and competent in charge. We shall never know because of “her e-mails” and “Benghazi Benghazi Benghazi BOO!”, Russian interference, an ignorant populace that vote against their own self interest, and the fence sitters that thought it would be a great idea to install a disrupter in chief to sabotage the government from within with the help of Tea Partiers and the Republicans at large.

    Truthfully, though, if the calls for isolation and self-quarantining go on past June, I can easily see Trump changing his tactics, declaring martial law and canceling the election – with his Republican Senate following him down the rabbit hole the entire way. I am honestly thinking that him using the the health climate as a wedge to install himself as permanent dictator in chief is honestly more frightening to me than COVID-19. There was a time where I would have rationalized such a thing was unthinkable – oh, what a quaint time that was.