His allies cannot save the president this time.
They can’t go back in time and make him take the looming coronavirus disaster seriously in February and March.
They can’t talk him out of defending the honor of the Confederacy, or convince him to stop tweeting LAW AND ORDER every 12 hours.
They can’t prevail on him to avoid musing about using the military to pacify American cities that don’t want or need an invasion.
They can’t prevent him from spitballing about whether elderly protestors thrown to the ground and critically injured by out-of-control cops are actually deep-cover Antifa agents.
They can’t get him to hire a press secretary who isn’t dumber than Joey from Friends or to break the cycle of driving out top advisor after top advisor from the administration only to see them turn around and confirm what anyone with two eyes can see: that Trump is unteachable, unreachable, dangerous, and manifestly unfit for the office he holds.
They can’t prevent him from holding indoor rallies in COVID hotspots filled with thousands of unmasked followers — a spectacle guaranteed to horrify and alienate anyone who isn’t a dead-ender.
Most importantly, President Trump’s enablers can’t wish the coronavirus nightmare away, or make it disappear in a cloud of conspiratorial OANN vapors.
The virus is going to do what it is going to do, and it seems likely that by election day at least 200,000 Americans will be dead from a virus that many peer countries were able to contain or at least prevent from spiraling out of control like this.
March 20, 2014
September 30, 2017