The US is breaking records each day in the number of positive covid-19 test results, deaths, and hospitalizations. We have also passed another grim milestone of 300,000 deaths.
Our daily update is published. States reported 2.1 million tests, a record 232k cases, and 2,749 deaths. There are 108k people currently hospitalized with COVID-19, also an all-time record. The 7-day average for all four metrics is the highest it has been. pic.twitter.com/7GwbbKYDZn
— The COVID Tracking Project (@COVID19Tracking) December 12, 2020
But as Seth Meyers points out, Trump has nothing to say about any of this, instead focusing on futile challenges to the election.
But perhaps that is just as well. When Trump does shift his attention away from golf and tweeting about a rigged election to talk about anything related to the pandemic, he just makes things worse. Like yesterday, when his chief of staff reportedly threatened the head of the FDA Stephen Hahn that he should resign immediately unless the FDA approved the vaccine by the end of the day. The FDA was likely to have done it anyway or, at the very latest, would have approved it today. So what was the point of this power play that humiliated the head of an extremely important government agency, since it only adds to the fears of those who think the vaccine is being rushed and thus may not be safe?
The answer is that it was precisely because it was just a power play that humiliated the head of an extremely important government agency that Trump did it. For Trump, this act was not a means to an end, it was the end. As his days as president wind down, he clearly wants to throw his weight around while he can, to show that he is still the boss.