Rex Huppke: Time to applaud Trump’s coronavirus response as the ‘great success story’ it is


Coronavirusresponse asuccess story

Rex Huppke - Chicago Tribune



It’s high time people start applauding the amazingly successful job President Donald Trump and White House senior adviser Jared Kushner have done handling the coronavirus outbreak in America.

As Kushner told Fox News on Wednesday: “The federal government rose to the challenge, and this is a great success story.”

The young man who made a seamless transition from failing at realty to shadow-running the most powerful country in the world is right. The Trump administration has smartly and flawlessly handled every aspect of the COVID-19 pandemic.

So why do only about 40% of Americans approve of the president’s handling of the coronavirus when it should be 100% of Americans approving, and ideally applauding?

It’s a mystery.

Yes, as of Wednesday, more than 60,000 people had died of COVID-19, more than the number of Americans killed in the Vietnam War. But that’s an unfair comparison. As I’m sure Kushner would be quick to point out, the virus has still not killed more Americans than died in ALL wars. So that’s clearly a win.

And as Trump has repeatedly pointed out, “potentially 2.2 million” Americans could have died “if we did nothing.” Few are pointing out the number of lives this president saved by shelving the “do nothing” plan and reluctantly doing something. There’s a word for that kind of leadership. I’m not sure what it is, but I’m sure it’s a very good word.

Let’s also remember the myriad other things that could have killed Americans since the outbreak started but haven’t, all thanks to the steady, large hands of our great president and his almost translucent son-in-law.

An asteroid could have wiped out half the country. But you won’t hear the Lamestream Media reporting on the fact that there have been zero catastrophic asteroid strikes.

Zombies. There have been no reports of zombie hordes. It’s safe to say America is 100% zombie-free.

And it’s worth mentioning here, for the first time in any major U.S. publication, that there have been NO VELOCIRAPTOR-RELATED DEATHS in the United States this year. That’s really something.

So while the Trump administration naturally considers every life precious, 60,000 lives lost is a great success story, as there’s no telling how many more deaths might have happened if other deadly things had occurred.

Another big part of the coronavirus success story is the economy, which is doing extremely well when compared with not having any economy at all.

While the nattering nabobs of negativity in the news media keep pointing to the more than 30 million Americans who have requested unemployment benefits since the outbreak started, the real focus should be on the fact that millions of Americans remain employed.

Yes, some U.S. workers are getting a much-needed unpaid vacation of indeterminate length, but many still have jobs. Look at it this way: There could be zero Americans employed. That would stink, right? But instead, thanks to the powerful work of your president and his knowledgeable son-in-law, there are more-than-zero Americans working. Success!

And none of that really matters anyway because the economy will come roaring back soon, thanks to the AMAZING coronavirus testing process that President Trump/Kushner have not put in place nationally via their none-of-government approach.

As Trump said last week: “We are the best in the world on testing. We’ve tested much more than anybody else, times two — or every country combined. We’ve tested more than every country combined.”

That is 100% correct, as long you don’t actually combine every country. (Also, try to avoid combining the testing totals of just Russia, Germany and Italy, as those might make Trump’s claim slightly less than 100% correct, which would be unpatriotic.)

Bottom line: Victory is ours! Not everyone has died, not everyone is unemployed and we are outpacing the entire world at overstating our coronavirus testing capabilities and not being eaten by velociraptors.

And it’s all because President Trump and Co-President Kushner rose to the challenge, spent a couple of months wisely debating whether to do something or nothing, then boldly stepped forth and did something that has resulted in fewer American deaths than all wars combined, including the First Barbary War.

A great success story for the ages!

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Coronavirusresponse asuccess story

Rex Huppke

Chicago Tribune

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