According to Walter Shapiro of The New Republic, Donald Trump’s disinformation is finally catching up with him – maybe for real this time. Shapiro speaks a cold truth back at the question that so many of us ponder, How does Trump get away with all of his lying? In Shapiro’s words, it’s a matter of effort and the gravity of the mistruths themselves.
Is it because they are small blips on the radar that would distract us from the issues that matter? Are we so overwhelmed by the barrage of bull**** that by the time we finish dissecting a lie, Trump is already spouting off the next?
At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter, because Shapiro says we’re entering a whole new ballgame: “Trump’s lies about Covid-19 are both more serious and more politically devastating. Sure, Trump can demonize the WHO without most voters knowing that cutting off its funding also jeopardizes the continuing effort against Ebola in Africa. But when it comes to matters at home regarding the virus, Americans are paying keen attention.”
Later in the pieces, he continues, “Imagine you’re a voter in Michigan (a state Trump carried in 2016 by fewer than 11,000 votes) and you’re panicked because you’ve been running a high fever. How would you feel if your doctor told you that under CDC rules you don’t qualify for a test or that you might have to wait two weeks for the results?
At moments like these, Trump’s lies become more than just a weird personality quirk of a lifelong real-estate hustler. For those worried about the virus, it is hard to forget the stomach-churning feeling of being played for a sucker by your own president.”
If there’s one commonality right now across America’s party lines, it’s risk of death from one of the worst pandemics in modern history.
To read more on why Trump’s charade of disinformation looks to be running its course, go here.