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In Another Crazy Twitter Tantrum Trump Demands Credit for ‘Saving Thousands of Lives’ While He Puts More Lives in Jeopardy

Even in the middle of the most crushing crisis to hit this country since the Great Depression, even while Trump is declaring himself a wartime president, he is still finding time late at night to complain about his ratings and coverage.

He is also demanding credit for saving “thousands of lives,” for which there is no evidence.

And if that happens to be true, Trump doesn’t want it reported. He believes that any headline that isn’t glowing is either fake or a product of an ongoing conspiracy against him. He is never responsible for fault, or criticism – never. This is something adolescents generally get beyond.

Turns out he was right to close down travel from China – that was early. It doesn’t mean he saved thousands of lives. There is no evidence of that.

Moreover, if he wants credit for the call he made, he needs to take responsibility for the many catastrophic decisions made, including the fact that we still don’t have enough tests. We don’t have enough tests, in part, because Trump didn’t buy the WHO tests available, nor ramp up control of the process early enough.

Trump also was asked just a few days ago whether he took responsibility for some of the mistakes made in the administration’s response, particularly concerning the lack of testing, and the inability to track the disease as it moved along.

If Trump wants credit for one correct call (for which there’s no evidence it saved thousands) then he needs to take responsibility for the many calls that later proved disastrous. But that’s not how Trump works. He demands credit when things turn out great, and he denies, deflects and blames others for things that turn out terribly.

It’s never hard finding Tweets that sum the situation up perfectly.

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Peace, y’all

Jason

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Jason Miciak is an attorney, author, political analyst and writer originally from Canada, with dual citizenship, living with his wife and daughter in southern Mississippi. He has an B.S. in Biology and a Minor in American History from Gonzaga University and a J.D. from the University of California. He does as little law as he can get away with while now doing full time writing for Political Flare. He also enjoys gardening, fishing, casual reading in science and dogs.

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