Trump twists history of Churchill and FDR to cover up pandemic denialism

Trump twists history of Churchill and FDR to cover up pandemic denialism
President Donald Trump is now resorting to absurd historical allusions to try to disguise his culpability in 190,000 American deaths. Source: AP
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Daily US Times: President Donald Trump is now not just downplaying the coronavirus pandemic — he’s resorting to absurd historical allusions about great World War II leaders like former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to try to disguise his culpability in 190,000 American deaths.

Trump ridiculously invoked Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt at a Thursday night rally, claiming that like them, he had tried hard to calm public panic in a dark hour. It was a historically illiterate gambit, since unlike President Trump in the pandemic, both statesmen leveled with their people about grave national crises.

But it reflected the President’s struggle to explain his failure to tell the American people the truth about the seriousness of Covid-19 — even though he told Bob Woodward in interviews for his new book in February that it was “deadly stuff.” Earlier in the day, in a low-energy news conference, Trump doubled down on falsehood, declaring that “I did not lie” when he warned Woodward the pathogen was worse than the flu while publicly comparing it to the seasonal illness.

In one stunning moment, President Trump said that if the Washington Post reporter, whose book “Rage” comes out Tuesday, was so concerned about what was said in their taped conversations, he should have gone to the “authorities” so they could prepare the country. Of course, the President is the ultimate authority, under the Constitution, and whether Trump likes it, the buck stops with him for the pandemic and every other national crisis.

Trump said: “I don’t want to jump up and down and start screaming death, death.” He said this after Vice President Mike Pence bizarrely suggested Trump’s negligence, in fact, typified a British propaganda campaign that was never widely used during the war and has become part of marketing kitsch in recent years: “Keep Calm and Carry On.”

Trump jumped on the metaphor at his Michigan rally, comparing himself to the wartime prime minister.

The President said: “We have to be calm. We don’t want to be crazed lunatics. … When Hitler was bombing London, Churchill, a great leader, would oftentimes go to a roof in London and speak. And he always spoke with calmness.”

Mr Trump also ludicrously compared himself to President Roosevelt, who told Americans in his inaugural address in 1933 that “the only thing we have to fear, is fear itself.” The quote was ripped out of context and is a poor match for Mr Trump’s denialism over the coronavirus.