In Bureaucracy, History, Medical, Politics, Social commentary on October 30, 2020 at 12:17 am

“He’s got a very good approval rating,” President Donald Trump said of Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top expert on infectious disease, during a July 28 White House press briefing on the Coronavirus pandemic.

“And I like that, it’s good, because remember, he’s working for this administration. And he’s got this high approval rating,.

“So why don’t I have a high approval rating with respect—and the administration, with respect to the virus? Nobody likes me. It can only be my personality, that’s all.”

He made the remark on the same day that Coronavirus deaths in America reached 150,000.

The previous day, Trump had retweeted Twitter posts that accused Fauci, a member of the White House Coronavirus task force, of misleading Americans.

For months, Trump has been trying to sell the nation on the COVID-curing wonders of hyroxychloroquine, the malaria drug. He seems to be sold on the drug’s effectiveness by such members of his inner circle as trade adviser Peter Navarro and his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani—neither of whom has ever practiced medicine.

Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has pointed out there have been no scientific trials of the drug for its effectiveness against Coronavirus. Given the medical condition of some patients, it could even prove fatal.

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Anthony Fauci

He has also subscribed to theories stemming from medical quackery—such as his belief that injecting disinfectant could prevent or cure the virus.

During his July 28 press conference, Trump refused to answer a question from CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins about a video Trump had shared on Twitter—and which Twitter subsequently removed.

In the video, Stella Immanuel, a Houston doctor, praised hydroxychloroquine as a cure for COVID-19 and maligned the wearing of face masks to prevent the spread of the pandemic. She has often claimed that gynecological problems like cysts and endometriosis are caused by people having sex in their dreams with demons and witches.

“Mr. President, the woman that you said was a ‘great doctor’ in that video that you retweeted last night said that ‘masks don’t work’ and there is a cure for COVID-19, both of which health experts say is not true,” said Collins.

“She’s also made videos saying that doctors make medicine using DNA from aliens and that they are trying to create a vaccine to make you immune from becoming religious—”

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Donald Trump

Trump cut her off: “I don’t know which country she comes from, but she said that she’s had tremendous success with hundreds of different patients. And I thought her voice was an important voice, but I know nothing about her.”

He then stalked out of the briefing room.

This has been one of his routine responses when confronted with unpleasant truths that contradict his lies or crackpot theories.  The other one is to label such truths as “fake news.”

Since COVID-19 struck the United States in January, Fauci has dared to speak the hard truth about the pandemic—and the Federal Government’s failure to combat it.

Trump, on the other hand, has offered a cascade of lies, ignorance and rosy predictions that “one day it will be gone.”

The result: Fauci enjoys high approval ratings from public polls on his efforts against the pandemic. Nearly two-thirds of the country has faith in Fauci, said a July Quinnipac poll.

Just over one-third of voters approve of Trump’s handling of the virus, that poll showed. 

A reason for Trump’s unpopularity: He has shown no sympathy for those who have died or lost loved ones to COVID-19. 

Leaders with a high Emotional Quotient:

  • Understand their own emotions, strengths and weaknesses;
  • Control their emotions and consistently act with honesty and integrity;
  • Have empathy for others;. and
  • Inspire enthusiasm and solve disagreements, often with kindness and humor.

In responding to the Coronavirus pandemic, Trump has shown none of these traits.

Contrast Trump’s egotistical, deceptive, anti-scientific and often dictatorial behavior with that of Fauci—and it’s clear why Fauci is far more trusted.

In 1946, Albert Speer, Adolf Hitler’s architect and minister of armaments, was sentenced to 20 years’ imprisonment for war crimes.

Albert Speer

Albert Speer

In Albert Speer: His Batle With Truth, Gitty Sereny wrote: “This was an erudite and solitary man who, recognizing his deficiencies in human relations, had read 5,000 books in prison to try to understand the universe and human beings….Empathy is finally a gift, and cannot be learned. So, essentially returning into the world after 20 years, he remained alone.”

Sereny’s words apply equally to Donald Trump: Empathy is finally a gift, and cannot be learned.

One day during his Presidency, Lyndon Johnson—notorious for bullying others—was forced to confront his own repulsiveness as a human being.

“I’ve passed far more legislation than [President John F.] Kennedy ever did,” he complained to former Secretary of State Dean Acheson. “But people still love him, and they don’t love me. Why is that?”

“You are not a very likable man,” said Acheson.

Approaching four years into his own Presidency, there is no evidence that anyone has dared speak that truth to Trump.

It’s a truth that he deserves to hear—and in as public a forum as possible.

  1. Hey Mr.Crazy,

    Your one of the crazy liberals who compared mr.trump to hitler and other ‘tyrants’. The first problem with your comparison is it lacks intelligence. The second problem is your biased and your falsely presenting an opinion as if it has legitimacy. The third problem is hitler was anti-semitic, donald trump is not and not only has jewish members in his family but is very pro-Israel. Hitler sought to wipe out the jews but with liberals the most obvious and glaring facts that don’t support their delusions are ignored.

    The fourth problem is that hitler was likely a genius. I know in your monkey brains you probably think genius =good and an evil man can’t be a genius, but intelligence doesn’t correspond to morality. Donald trump is not a genius, he is intelligent, skilled, but not genius. If trump was a genius he would long taken over the country, gotten rid of democracy, had total control of the legislature, et cetra. All things hitler did and in a few years, trump doesn’t have the political genius to achieve those kinds of things and regardless is probably not interested in them .

    Now that your boy( a white man who was against desegregation) is president who are you going to attack or have conspiracy theories against. Are liberals going to wear white cloaks now, make black people slaves? Who are you going to whine about and blame all your discontent about? Will you start to get real jobs instead of being armchair intellectuals? Be productive?

    Good luck in your future, I hope you are happy.

  2. You write: “If trump was a genius he would long taken over the country, gotten rid of democracy, had total control of the legislature.” And I agree with you: Trump is NOT a genius. But the fact that he’s a STUPID Fascist doesn’t make him any less of a Fascist.

    I’m sure the next four years will be hellish for you. You won’t have a Commissar-in-Chief who sells out America to his Senior Control Agent: Vladimir Putin.

    And you won’t be able to cheer on hordes of Nazis and Ku Klux Klansmen as they openly march down streets threatening to lynch every non-Fascist they see. They’ll be afraid that a LEGITIMATE President will sic the FBI on them.

    And your most basic human right–as Fascists like you see it–is going to disappear: The right to discriminate against others because you don’t like their race or gender.

    Maybe you can console yourself by fleeing to one of those South American countries where Right-wing Fascists STILL rule. Just ignore the Spanish accent of your local strongman and pretend that Red Donald is still running the government.

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