Wow! Be careful what (and who) you ask!

I try to avoid political commentary if I can.  But, in the face of our current crisis — one that is unlike anything in the experience of anyone now living — I have to register my horror and flat out disgust at yesterday’s outburst by our country’s man-in-charge.  In case you missed it, this is what happened according to Oliver Darcy of CNN:

In an extraordinary exchange on Friday, President Donald Trump attacked an NBC News reporter who asked what his message would be to Americans who are frightened by the coronavirus pandemic that is spreading across the country.

The exchange, which occurred at the White House’s daily coronavirus task force briefing, began when NBC News reporter Peter Alexander asked Trump whether he was giving Americans “false hope” by touting unproven coronavirus drugs.

Peter Alexander

Toward the end of the exchange, Alexander cited the latest pandemic statistics showing thousands of Americans are now infected and millions are scared.
Alexander asked, “What do you say to Americans who are scared?”
Trump, shaking his head, ripped into Alexander in response.
“I say that you are a terrible reporter,” Trump replied. “That’s what I say.”

I can’t imagine ANYone answering a question in that manner — not a parent to a child, not a teacher to a student, not a doctor to a patient.  Such a response goes against every bit of socialization that I have been subjected to in my 84 years of existence.

I can’t find a single logical rationale for that answer to a very caring and concerned question.  I immediately thought of the oft-quoted statement by FDR in his first inaugural address on March 4, 1933: …the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

Personally, I think Mr. Trump is scared witless.  And I, for one, am afraid of that!

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