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Trump’s Presidency Hangs on One Decision

Easter may not bring America the victory in the war against the coronavirus pandemic that President Donald Trump anticipated. But in this Holy Week, we may be reaching our Saratoga moment, our turning point.

Authored by Patrick Buchanan via

The crucial decision Trump will make is to choose the exact moment to reopen the country and the economy, without igniting a new spike in the pandemic that induces despair and causes a panic.

Easter may not bring America the victory in the war against the coronavirus pandemic that President Donald Trump anticipated. But in this Holy Week, we may be reaching our Saratoga moment, our turning point.

While New York state reported a record number of deaths from the virus on Tuesday, over 1,800, new hospitalizations were down.

Referrals of patients to ICUs were down. Intubations were down. And the discharge rate for patients from hospitals was holding steady.

The thousands of ventilators Gov. Andrew Cuomo had been crying out for are, apparently, not immediately needed. The U.S. Navy hospital ship Comfort moored on the Hudson with a capacity of 1,000 beds remains largely empty. So, too, are the thousands of beds in Manhattan’s Javits Center, which has been converted into an emergency hospital.

“We are flattening the curve,” exulted Cuomo on Wednesday, “Thank God. Thank God. Thank God.”

Predictions of 1 million to 2 million U.S. deaths are no longer heard.

Last week’s projection from the White House briefing room of 100,000 to 240,000 dead has been revised, sharply downward.

Tuesday, Dr. Deborah Birx said the model she is working with projects 81,000 deaths. By Wednesday, that had dropped 25% to an estimated 60,000 U.S. deaths.

A terrible toll, still more than all the Americans who died in the Vietnam war, but compared to earlier estimates, hopeful news.

Social distancing and sheltering in place are working.

California, Oregon and Washington have begun to ship medical equipment to states where infections are still surging.

Moreover, it appears that some deaths being attributed to COVID-19 were caused by underlying conditions patients had when they came to the hospital, such as cancer, heart disease, hypertension, pneumonia, diabetes, asthma.

Yes, this could be a false dawn. We are warned of the possibility that the coronavirus, after cutting its initial murderous swath by August, could revisit us in the fall with a new season of lethal attacks.

But by then, we may have developed vaccines or drugs to prevent, mitigate or even cure the disease.

What appears conclusive now is this: The American people and nation are aware, fully engaged in the fight, and, on several fronts, gaining the whip hand over the pandemic.

Hence, understandably, consideration is being given to resuscitating the U.S. economy before this nationwide shutdown plunges America into a full-blown depression that exacts its own toll of premature deaths.

Upon this question now, the Trump presidency appears to hang:

Will Trump’s actions flatten the curve and put the pandemic on an irreversible downward course in daily cases and deaths, as he produces a U-turn, if not a V-turn, dramatically driving the economy upward from depression and toward national prosperity?

Can he revive the economy without reviving the virus?

Or will the coronavirus so severely cripple the economy that the depression it produces will kill the Trump presidency?

Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie framed the issue thus: “Politically, nothing else matters. … I have never seen a time when an opponent is more irrelevant. And that’s not an insult to Vice President Biden.

“But in the end, the American people are going to decide, has the president of the United States stood up to this crisis, and done right by them and protected their lives and their property, or hasn’t he?”

Trump’s true adversary in this election is not Joe Biden, the hermit candidate sheltering in place. Biden is but a name on the November ballot you mark if you want to remove and replace Donald Trump.

Trump’s real antagonists are the media who detest him and are determined, having failed to impeach and remove him, to drive him from office by portraying him as a foolish, failed president in the worst crisis to hit the country since Pearl Harbor.

The crucial decision Trump will make is to choose the exact moment to reopen the country and the economy, without igniting a new spike in the pandemic that induces despair and causes a panic.

The president’s aides in charge of the medical crisis want the longest delay possible. His economic and political advisers, fearing Trump could be forced to run as Herbert Hoover did, at the nadir of a new depression, want an earlier decision to start opening up the country.

Action cannot long be delayed if we are to survive the medical crisis only to endure a longer and more costly economic crisis.

Thursday morning, jobless claims revealed that another 6.6 million Americans had lost their jobs, bringing to 16.7 million the number who have filed for unemployment in just three weeks.

One in 10 Americans is now out of work.

Six weeks ago, Trump was boasting, and justifiably so, of having the greatest economy of any president in recent memory. Now, the possibility exists that he could go into the fall election with the worst economy since Hoover and the Great Depression of 1932.

Trump’s decision, which will determine the fate of his presidency, is likely close at hand.

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April 11, 2020

This is the usual nonsense about flattening the curve. The US was ill prepared for this pandemic despite Johns Hopkins declaring that the US was No 1 on the preparedness list. The curve may be flattening in New York but other parts are only now experiencing a spike.
Remember when it was announced that there were only 240,000 infected other research contradicts that number and claims its more like 740,000. Plus testing is still far behind places like South Korea China Japan or Russia.
Its more bravado than anything else.

John Ellis
John Ellis
Reply to  Stj
April 11, 2020

No testing means no vision, surely we are blind as a bat about carona-virus.

All so that the rich running medical industry can maximize profit by maximizing sickness.

John Ellis
John Ellis
April 11, 2020

It is absolutely impossible for the 25% most wealthy voters
in USA to not be the voting majority that wins all elections.


Dee Cee
Reply to  John Ellis
April 12, 2020

John, I see it from your point of view. I love alternative media, but a LOT of it dedicates quite a lot of op-ed space to convincing people not to vote. In my city our Assembly granted the Mayor unprecedented emergency powers, suspended ALL public comment, changed the voting method as an “emergency” move to mail in ballot-only (at this point, the citizens have REFUSED to allow mail-in ballots only), and now is looking at extending the Mayor’s emergency powers to NOVEMBER! This is at the local level, never mind what the Governor is doing. If we show up at… Read more »

Bennie Campbell
Bennie Campbell
April 12, 2020

You have to be an idiot not to have foreseen an event on the horizon, everytime President Trump mentioned a healthy, record breaking economy, not to think his DS enemies weren’t going to create some incident to bring down the economy, these (DS enemies), have pulled out every trick in their playbook to destroy his Presidency! I, have faith that the President will bring back the economy and when he does, Barack Obama can no longer claim credit to the gains President Trump has initiated on behave of the American people. It’s time to open America back up to business,… Read more »

April 17, 2020

Trump could rightly boast of presiding over a great economy six weeks ago, Pat? What bulls**t!

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