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Sat Apr 4, 2020, 12:03 PM

As the numbers of dead and unemployed grow, Trump looks and sounds smaller



With a botched preparation for a pandemic and a botched response to a recession, the only crisis that matters to the president is the one that threatens his ego

Richard Wolffe

@richardwolffedc
Fri 3 Apr 2020 08.18 EDTLast modified on Fri 3 Apr 2020 13.07 EDT

The trump card of Donald Trump was always going to be the economy. If it wasn’t the job market, it was the stock market. You could read it every day in his endless, mindless tweeting or the oh-so-subtle briefings of his campaign aides. November was going to be all about the economy, stupid.

Having ripped off so much of Ronald Reagan’s 1980s paraphernalia – including the slogan he now claims to have invented himself – Trump was all set to ask the voters the same question that Reagan posed just before his own re-election: are you better off than you were four years ago?

For an astonishingly large number of Americans, their answer is a deafeningly loud no. For almost everyone else, the answer is soon to be no.

This week’s unemployment numbers have taken the same rocket-ship trajectory as the number of coronavirus cases. Last week it was a record 3.3 million new claims; this week it doubled to another 6.65 million new claims. That’s almost 10 million newly unemployed Americans: more than the previous 10 months combined.

More:
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/apr/03/united-states-numbers-dead-unemployed-trump-smaller

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Judi Lynn Apr 4 OP
wryter2000 Apr 4 #1
Scarsdale Apr 4 #2
IADEMO2004 Apr 4 #3
Judi Lynn Apr 4 #4
IADEMO2004 Apr 4 #5
Judi Lynn Apr 4 #6
IADEMO2004 Apr 4 #7
madeup64 Apr 4 #10
stillcool Apr 4 #8
DavidDvorkin Apr 4 #9
tblue37 Apr 4 #12
SharonAnn Apr 5 #14
tblue37 Apr 4 #11
3Hotdogs Apr 5 #13
yellowcanine Apr 6 #15

Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sat Apr 4, 2020, 12:07 PM

1. It's just that

He hates having to pretend he cares about what happens to other people.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sat Apr 4, 2020, 12:16 PM

2. The entire gop OWNS

this disaster. They let him surround himself with relatives or others with NO experience at what they are supposed to be doing. Not one competent person in the entire administration. If they donated enough to the gop, they were A-O-K. So now, they are keeping quiet, hoping nobody notices? Get REAL. Putin's plan worked so well, didn't it?

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sat Apr 4, 2020, 12:22 PM

3. Have you seen my big desk? "Resolutely" committed to shrinking his stature.

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Response to IADEMO2004 (Reply #3)

Sat Apr 4, 2020, 12:55 PM

4. Interesting he just started dragging his damned desk into the picture in the last day or two.

I was startled at first that he even seemed to have given it a name!

Does this mean he is clinging to the thought of his great big desk as proof he is indeed the President?

So damned weird.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #4)

Sat Apr 4, 2020, 12:58 PM

5. Caption: Holding my breath until you praise me.

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Response to IADEMO2004 (Reply #5)

Sat Apr 4, 2020, 01:04 PM

6. That's it! Calling Mike Pence!

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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #6)

Sat Apr 4, 2020, 01:05 PM

7. Perfect!!

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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #6)

Sat Apr 4, 2020, 09:51 PM

10. Lol

Pence [thinking to himself]: How will I explain this to Mother?

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Response to IADEMO2004 (Reply #5)

Sat Apr 4, 2020, 01:06 PM

8. looks like he's on the potty...

weird dude.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #4)

Sat Apr 4, 2020, 10:07 PM

12. He's so wide he has trouble crossing his arms. nt

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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #4)

Sun Apr 5, 2020, 02:41 PM

14. "Resolute desk" is its name. Gift from Britain. Made from the timbers of the H.M.S. Resolute

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Resolute_desk
The Resolute desk is a nineteenth-century partners' desk used by several presidents of the United States in the White House Oval Office as the Oval Office desk. It was a gift from Queen Victoria to President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1880 and was built from the English oak timbers of the British Arctic exploration ship HMS Resolute. Franklin Roosevelt requested the addition of a door with the presidential seal to conceal his leg braces.[1] Many presidents since Hayes have used the desk at various locations in the White House.[2]

The desk was removed from the White House after the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy, when President Lyndon Johnson allowed it to go on a traveling exhibition with other artifacts of the Kennedy Presidential Library. It was then put on display in the Smithsonian Institution.

President Jimmy Carter brought the desk back to the Oval Office in 1977, where it has remained with every president since, excepting George H. W. Bush, who used the C&O desk in the Oval Office, but kept the Resolute desk in the White House.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sat Apr 4, 2020, 10:06 PM

11. K&R for visibility. nt

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2020, 12:21 AM

13. Yeah, more red hat dolts join the rest of us in unemployment, every day.

The premise of the O.P. is that this will economic hardship will cause them to disavow the Orange Buttplug and vote Dem.

That would be fine, except it brings me back to a public radio interview last year. It was with the head of the Iowa soy farmers associaiton. They were taking it up the ass from Gropenfuhrer over his Chinese tariffs. You would think they would be pissed at him? NO !

They are/were willing to take the hit, including a large number of farm bankruptcies because we gotta straighten out the Chinese.

As Forest Gump said, and I quote: "Stupid is as stupid watches Fox."

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Apr 6, 2020, 09:00 AM

15. If he gets much smaller his hands will fit.

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