At the same time, however, it is important that the president’s defenders not be blinded by partisanship of their own into excusing failures of leadership and diminishing the danger of the epidemic itself. This can be particularly difficult because some of the most significant inadequacies of the administration have been the president’s own. So far in this crisis, Donald Trump himself has obviously failed to rise to the challenge of leadership, and it does no one any favors to pretend otherwise.
So, it’s not just “leftists”.
Trump so far hasn’t passed muster on any of these metrics. He resisted making the response to the epidemic a priority for as long as he could — refusing briefings, downplaying the problem, and wasting precious time. He has failed to properly empower his subordinates and refused to trust the information they provided him — often offering up unsubstantiated claims and figures from cable television instead. He has spoken about the crisis in crude political and personal terms. He has stood in the way of public understanding of the plausible course of the epidemic, trafficking instead in dismissive clichés. He has denied his administration’s missteps, making it more difficult to address them
“We had some very critical people who did not have security clearances who could not go,” one official said. “These should not be classified meetings. It was unnecessary.”
The sources said the National Security Council (NSC), which advises the president on security issues, ordered the classification.”This came directly from the White House,” one official said.
A fifth source familiar with the meetings said HHS staffers often weren’t informed about coronavirus developments because they didn’t have adequate clearance. He said he was told that the matters were classified “because it had to do with China.”
More conspiracy theories about coronavirus as a bioweapon?
So obviously he is concerned about the numbers, and who gets the blame for them. So, his main concern is adding the ship’s passengers to the US totals. Because it isn’t his administration’s fault that the infection got on the ship.
quote:So you use a tendentious word like "muzzling" for what obviously has two points of view and a reasonable explanation for the decision, so you can make your own point of view sound like the more reasonable one.
I have yet to see a reasonable explanation for the decision. If you have one please present it.
Also, the word “muzzling” wasn’t my choice - and it does not appear in my post. So why you are trying to blame me for it, I don’t know.
quote:I wonder what fallacy applies to that kind of manipulation.
Unless you actually have a reasonable explanation it seems that the attempted manipulation is on your part.
quote:My problem is that there is such a constant barrage of fake news and false accusations against Trump it's hard for me to take anything seriously that anyone has to say about ways he may be mismanaging ANYTHING. I'm beyond caring
You can’t take the criticisms seriously because they’re probably true. I can believe that.
quote:Sure you can believe that, as does the entire Left. But the level of criticism far exceeds anything any other President, or even any human being at all, has ever had to deal with.
I doubt that. And it doesn’t change the fact that the criticism is very frequently true and that you falsely try to dismiss it as “fake news” (which is a sick joke coming from a fan of InfoWars)
And I remind you that there are far worse attacks being directed at the Left for far less reason. Such as the claim that Bernie Sanders would instigate a new Holocaust - when Sanders is a Jew who lost relatives in the actual Holocaust.
quote:This is Leftist craziness, this is not deserved by Trump. It's impossible for anyone to deserve such treatment.
Since “Leftists” are treated worse - with no sign of complaint from you - and when the attacks are genuinely crazy I cannot believe your claim. Especially as Trump does deserve a good deal of the criticism and politicians must expect some underserved criticism, too.
quote:Especially a President who is doing his best to serve America and Americans.
That would be more fairly said about Obama. It didn’t stop your attacks.