Blue State Democratic Governors Know: ‘Don’t Be Too Mean to Trump’ Or He’ll Screw Your State
We talk a lot about the utter inhumanity residing in the void in Trump’s body that would otherwise hold a soul. But other than Trump’s racist attacks, and hatred for women, I am not sure that there is anything he’s done that is more revolting than him picking winners and losers concerning a national emergency. Now we’re learning that it matters which Democrat is asking for what, whether the governor is being “too mean to him,” or worse yet, publicly insulting him.
The Daily Beast has a great report on the dynamic:
“If you’re good and respectful to [Trump], he will treat you the same—it’s that simple,” said one senior White House official. “The president has always said that he fights back when he needs to, and the situation with [Cuomo] is no different. If you keep that in mind, their sort of seesaw relationship during [coronavirus] doesn’t come as a surprise.”
No, dumbass, it comes as a completely repugnant shock that Trump will put petty feuds with governors over and above the needs of the American citizens – and I say that as a guy writing from a red state. If Trump can’t put little political dust-ups behind him in the time of … never mind, we’ve already seen what he wrote about Romney.
If only it ended between Cuomo and Trump, but no:
One of those governors has been Jay Inslee of Washington, whose state preceded New York in having to deal with a massive wave of coronavirus infections and deaths. This month, the president called Inslee a “snake” and even instructed his vice president “not to be complimentary” of him. For weeks, the governor and president did not speak, though Tara Lee, a spokesperson for Inslee, told The Daily Beast that they connected over the weekend for the first time, during which Trump told Inslee that he was not getting a medical boat he had requested but would be “getting field hospitals.”
The other “epicenter” of the disease and yet Trump went weeks without speaking to Inslee, and then got him field hospitals rather than the big floating hospital? Who knows if Seattle needed the dingy more than L.A. (both equally blue), but it is questionable, where it wouldn’t be for any other governor.
“He’s been trying to kick the blame to the states… and I think this maneuver [to re-open the economy] is the same,” said one Democratic operative who works on gubernatorial campaigns. “It’s him being able to say: ‘Hey, I opened it up, it’s not my decision that your state kept the economy closed. It’s not on me that you lost your job. Blame your governor.’”
He knows that red-staters won’t blame him for any consequences afterward. They’re true believers. And yet, leave it to Trump to act like he “opened” anything up. He did nothing more than put in CDC recommendations as just that, recommendations.
Shockingly, we’re at a point in time where this government faces its greatest economic crisis since the Depression and WWII, and our diapered president wants “praise,” to get your state what it needs. He has never been the president of the entire United States, only the president of the people that support him.
This time, however, it will get people killed.
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