Detailed Timeline: Trump and Coronavirus

Copied from Facebook. See my earlier post: No Additional Words Necessary for a more visual timeline.

  • Dec 18th – House Impeaches Trump
  • Jan 8th – First CDC warning
  • Jan 9th – Trump campaign rally
  • Jan 14th – Trump campaign rally
  • Jan 16h – House sends impeachment articles to Senate
  • Jan 18th – Trump golfs
  • Jan 19th – Trump golfs
  • Jan 20th – first case of corona virus in the US, Washington State.
  • Jan 22nd – “We have it totally under control. It’s one person coming in from China. It’s going to be just fine.”
  • Jan 28th – Trump campaign rally
  • Jan 30th – Trump campaign rally
  • Feb 1st – Trump golfs
  • Feb 2nd – “We pretty much shut it down coming in from China.”
  • Feb 5th – Senate votes to acquit. Then takes a five-day weekend.
  • Feb 10th – Trump campaign rally
  • Feb 12th – Dow Jones closes at an all time high of 29,551.42
  • Feb 15h – Trump golfs
  • Feb 19th – Trump campaign rally
  • Feb 20th – Trump campaign rally
  • Feb 21st – Trump campaign rally
  • Feb 24th – “The Coronavirus is very much under control in the USA… Stock Market starting to look very good to me!”
  • Feb 25h – “CDC and my Administration are doing a GREAT job of handling Coronavirus.”
  • Feb 25h – “I think that’s a problem that’s going to go away… They have studied it. They know very much. In fact, we’re very close to a vaccine.”
  • Feb 26th – “The 15 (cases in the US) within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero.”
  • Feb 26th – “We’re going very substantially down, not up.” Also “This is a flu. This is like a flu”; “Now, you treat this like a flu”; “It’s a little like the regular flu that we have flu shots for. And we’ll essentially have a flu shot for this in a fairly quick manner.”
  • February 27: “One day it’s like a miracle, it will disappear.”
  • Feb 28th – “We’re ordering a lot of supplies. We’re ordering a lot of, uh, elements that frankly we wouldn’t be ordering unless it was something like this. But we’re ordering a lot of different elements of medical.”
  • Feb 28th – Trump campaign rally
  • March 2nd – “You take a solid flu vaccine, you don’t think that could have an impact, or much of an impact, on corona?”
  • March 2nd – “A lot of things are happening, a lot of very exciting things are happening and they’re happening very rapidly.”
  • March 4: “If we have thousands or hundreds of thousands of people that get better just by, you know, sitting around and even going to work — some of them go to work, but they get better.”
  • March 5th – “I NEVER said people that are feeling sick should go to work.”
  • March 5th – “The United States… has, as of now, only 129 cases… and 11 deaths. We are working very hard to keep these numbers as low as possible!”
  • March 6th – “I think we’re doing a really good job in this country at keeping it down… a tremendous job at keeping it down.”
  • March 6th – “Anybody right now, and yesterday, anybody that needs a test gets a test. They’re there. And the tests are beautiful…. the tests are all perfect like the letter was perfect. The transcription was perfect. Right? This was not as perfect as that but pretty good.”
  • March 6th – “I like this stuff. I really get it. People are surprised that I understand it… Every one of these doctors said, ‘How do you know so much about this?’ Maybe I have a natural ability. Maybe I should have done that instead of running for president.”
  • March 6th – “I don’t need to have the numbers double because of one ship that wasn’t our fault.”
  • March 7th – Trump golfs
  • March 8th – Trump golfs
  • March 8th – “We have a perfectly coordinated and fine tuned plan at the White House for our attack on CoronaVirus.”
  • March 9th – “This blindsided the world.”
  • March 13th – [Declared state of emergency]
  • March 17th – “This is a pandemic,” Mr. Trump told reporters. “I felt it was a pandemic long before it was called a pandemic.”
  • March 18th – “It’s not racist at all. No. Not at all. It comes from China. That’s why. It comes from China. I want to be accurate.”
  • March 23th- Dow Jones closes at 18,591.93
  • March 25th – 3.3 million Americans file for unemployment.
  • March 30th – Dow Jones closes at 21,917.16
  • April 2nd – 6.6 million Americans file for unemployment.

Image by Elliot Alderson from Pixabay

It’s All About the Stock Market

In Heather Cox Richardson’s latest newsletter (2/14/20), she quotes one of Trump’s recent tweets related to the coronavirus. It truly and totally pinpoints not his concern for the health of the American people, but his personal interest, concern, involvement in, and anxiety about … the state of the Stock Market!

“The Coronavirus is very much under control in the USA. We are in contact with everyone and all relevant countries. CDC & World Health have been working hard and very smart. Stock Market starting to look very good to me!”

As Heather points out, it appears the only reason he has even acknowledged the crisis is because of its growing impact on the economy which, as we all know, is a VERY important part of his re-election campaign.

As most intelligent people recognize, the coronavirus outbreak and spread is becoming a very real concern to the entire world. The geographical location of the United States has provided us somewhat of a buffer, but the state of world travel in today’s climate is bringing it closer and closer to our personal doorsteps.

And yet … to Trump, it’s all about the Stock Market!

And re-election.

And control.

Image by Mediamodifier from Pixabay