Blame the Media
Trump blames the media.
What about the governors in 17 Republican-governed states?
Red State Governors Buck Trump
Politico reports Red State Governors Buck Trump and Stick With Social Distancing
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan
"You can’t put a timeframe on saving people’s lives," said Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan.
“Most people think we’re weeks away from the peak, if not months. That’s the advice we’re getting from the smart folks at Johns Hopkins, the National Institutes of Health, the University of Maryland, places like that,” Hogan said.
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine
"By staying home, we can all help protect our essential workers: doctors, nurses, first responders, truck drivers, grocery store employees, etc. Please do the right thing."
Texas on the Fence
Texas is on the verge of a shutdown. Politico reported "Texas Gov. Greg Abbott during a Tuesday press conference signaled he may be open to issuing a sweeping statewide stay-at- home order, after the largest counties announced their own lockdowns."
Tennessee Governor Bill Lee
On Sunday, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee issued New Order Banning Social Gatherings of More than 10; Restaurants and Bars Limited to Take-Out Service.
South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem
On Monday, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem issued an executive order asking businesses to restrict gatherings
Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp
Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson
Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts
Ricketts says 'Don't expect to be in church for Easter'
New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu
Sununu says N.H. won’t necessarily re-open restaurants by Easter.
Arizona Doug Ducey
Arizona Governor says schools closed for 2 more weeks due to coronavirus
Vermont Governor Phil Scott
Governor Scott issued a “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order last Wednesday.
Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon
Please note that Wyoming Governor, Health Officer, Order Coronavirus Closures
In Trump's fantasyland world, the media and governors are all conspiring against him to cost him the election.
Republican governors in at least 15 states are now conspiring against Trump.
Who would have dreamt that?
On a per capita basis that is nonsense. Great job? Not!
Go Back to Work
Trump wants people to return to work.
We can argue all day whether that is the right approach, but it is under state control not the Federal government.
Republican governors are doing what they believe is in their best interests.
So are Democrat governors.
The risk of everyone going back to work is that it may undo any benefit of the isolation. This is not a Democrat vs Republican issue.
There is not one governor in either party shutting off state or corporate income taxes just to spite Trump.
Nor is there a media conspiracy rooting for the coronavirus.
The idea is so silly one has to wonder if Trump believes it himself. But most of his his true believers will and that's a sad testament to political reality.
Mike "Mish" Shedlock