Editor,

Columnist Grocott and letter-writer Glaiser have drunk the Kool-Aid about Trump’s coronavirus response.  Obama-era officials met both the H1N1 and the Ebola crises with swift, effective federal action, prepared a 69-page  playbook and briefed the incoming Trump administration about obtaining  personal protective equipment, moving quickly to detect and contain potential outbreaks, and using the Defense Production Act to compel private companies to produce needed medical supplies. 

Trump, however, disbanded the National Security Council team on pandemic preparedness and made cuts to public health programs and to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Trump essentially wasted two months during which he downplayed the seriousness of the pandemic, spread false information and contradicted his own medical advisors, refusing to take responsibility for the shortages of ventilators, personal protective equipment and needed supplies. Now, he proposes lessening precautions, though infection levels in some areas are rising. It is hard to imagine a president doing a worse job.

Gail Sredanovic

Menlo Park

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(18) comments

Jorg

Jim Jones of Jonestown used Kool-Aid on his naive followers. Trump recommends Lysol or Clorox for his.

Terence Y

Yes, but I believe it was to remove both the TDS virus and TDS bacteria from people who hate Trump more than they love America. By the way, shouldn't you be writing letters convincing people to pay a 55% flat tax and 28% VAT to support socialism? Or have you concluded that's another losing proposition, like mentally unfit for office Biden?

Jorg

Again, Terence, Y do you keep harping on the “50-55% flat tax”, without admitting that you have cooked it up, with no basis in fact? Or, don’t you understand the difference between average and marginal tax brackets? If you refer to socialized capitalistic countries like Scandinavia, taxes for the rich aren’t higher than here, and nowhere near your fantasy figures. However, with universal medical care and free higher education for the intellectually fit, they get more back for their tax money than we do here. On the other hand, how on flat Earth can you love someone like Trump, who has done so much damage to this country that it would take someone of President Obama’s caliber to clean up the mess, like he did after the former Republican misfit in the WH. Or have you simply fallen for Trump’s Lie and Brag Shows (LABS), which the steadily increasing majority of us find embarrassing for the nation?

Christopher Conway

Jim Jones was A Democrat who supported Harvey Milk, Willie Brown, George Moscone and all the other liberal Democrats in SF. Sorry Jorg- Trump supporters aren't sheeple like your kind.

Jorg

A Trumpocrat using the word “sheeply” about his much wiser and better informed opposition, has to be the epitome of paradoxical delusion. Hard to top that one, Chris!

Terence Y

Jorg, Mr. Conway didn't use the word "sheeply" so get your eyes checked. And do you mean your wiser and better informed opposition who fell hook, line, and sinker for the Christine Blasey-Ford, Covington, Jussie Smollett, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Russian collusion and impeachment hoaxes. I see you've given up trying to convince people to pay a 55% flat tax and a 28% VAT to support socialism. Maybe you can again push slavery, since Democrats supported that endeavor back in the day.

Terence Y

Nice try, Gail. Once you brought up the fake news about disbanding, the rest of your diatribe lost all credibility. Who imposed a ban on travel to/from China on January 31 while mentally unfit for office Biden called Trump's decision hysterical xenophobia and fear-mongering and Nervous Nancy was trying to pass a No Ban act to limit Trumps authority? Why was Nancy Antoinette trying to impeach your great President Trump and throwing a hissy fit by ripping up the SOTU speech In early February? Why was Nancy let them eat ice cream Pelosi telling people to go visit Chinatown in late February? Maybe you should learn to love America more than hating Trump.

Christopher Conway

Trump will be reelected come November, when the virus is over and the American economy is flowing again. Look forward to casting my vote once again for my man in the White House. God Bless you Mr. President, you are doing a great job building the wall and confirming judges through the Senate during this temporary pause due to the actions of the Chinese government. Keep up the great work, you have the support and prayers of many Americans.

JustMike650

Toph, I have Bridge for sale that you can buy.

Christopher Conway

Oh yeah, were is it at, I'm in the market for a bridge.

JME

Your intelligence never ceases to amaze.

Christopher Conway

Thank you, the good news is I will be sharing my incredible intelligence with you for years to come.

Jorg

Chris: After all the damage Trump has done, and all his lies and his compact stupidity, do you really believe there are still enough gullible and easily fooled voters to re-“select” this inept laughingstock? Or, do you trust that the usual Republican tricks and voter suppression, together with foreign meddling, will do the dirty job, - like in 2016? You may be right, but for the welfare of the country, and the future of the world, I sincerely hope you are wrong!

Christopher Conway

Jorg- do you remember who was president in 2016 when this Russian influence happened. It was Obama, not Trump. When Obama was asked about Russian meddling at the time he dismissed it. Do you remember that? If you don't I can send you the video.

ALMC

Hilarious.

Tafhdyd

Gail, unfortunately we don’t have to imagine President Trump doing a worse job. Every day he sets the bar at a new low.

Terence Y

Mr. Amaral, if you like your plan, you can keep it. If you like your doctor, you can keep them. Oh wait, that was Obama's lie of the century, repeated by him many times even though he knew it was a lie. I propose we let Trump become dictator and give him 10 years to meet your expectations. If, after that time, you still feel the same way, I'll concede that Trump shouldn't have been dictator.

Tafhdyd

Sorry Terence, he met my expectations before he was elected. A liar, a cheat, and a con artist are just a few and don't forget his petulant behavior and embarrassing actions on the world stage.

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