The Daily News

Dear Editor:

I watched Donald Trump’s coronavirus briefing March 17. My reaction was one of disbelief. Who is this? Trump’s overall demeanor, speaking, tone of voice, body language, facial expressions, politeness answering questions, was certainly out of character from what I’ve come to expect from him over the last years. What happened? Such an abrupt turnaround, wasn’t it? I thought perhaps given the circumstances Trump had a “Come to Jesus” moment from yesterday to today. But that from a man who stated he never asked God for forgiveness just didn’t seem plausible to me. Perhaps fear of God for what he (Trump) has unleashed in our country? Perhaps? I’m thinking what caused the remarkable transition in Trump is the stock market crashes — one right after another — and that filthy word, “recession,” rearing its ugly head. Plus, overwhelming evidence proving to Americans coronavirus is not a Democratic hoax or fake news perpetrated by liberal media as Trump preached for weeks. “We have it under control” Trump lied, contradicted our health experts, scoffed and minimized our national health crisis for nearly two months. The damage Trump wrought cannot be undone. This week he rated his handling of our critical crisis a “10.” Trump also claimed zero responsibility for our current health crisis, at one point blaming Obama. What did Harry Truman’s sign say, Donald? The buck stops here. Man up, Donald.

A presidential election is coming in a matter of months? Now that could be the impetus for both Trump and the Republicans about face today. Trump desperately needs to be reelected. Otherwise, he will not be protected by presidential immunity from prosecution (pesky courts in New York). If he gains a second term the statute of limitations will expire during his second term, saving him from prosecution and he’s “home free.” The stock market is Trump’s second major concern. Do you even think a man who proposed budget calls for major changes in Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid cares one whit for people like us? All this talk from “fiscally conservative Republicans” about spending millions, billions in relief funding now. Have you any idea what our national debt is? They have elections coming, too. As of Jan. 19, 2020, Japan is No. 1, holding $1.3 trillion of our national debt, No. 2 China is at 1.11 plus numerous other countries, including Brazil and Israel. That’s of no concern now, is it? Best health care in the world — why are we not prepared? Hospitals and medical personnel at capacity right from the start. Limited resources will have deadly consequences. Limited testing for coronavirus is a national disgrace. Our national response to this borders on criminal. Trump did not want Americans on cruise ships to disembark because, “numbers will go up,” and it’s, “not our fault.” I am desperately hoping what I saw and heard March 17 is finally a step forward — but is it too little, too late? I think so.

Maya Angelou said, “When people show you who they are, believe them the first time.”

I find it telling Trump often quotes The Snake at public speaking events as he did April 29, 2017, Oct. 11, 2019, and Feb. 10, 2020. The Snake is a poem (Oscar Brown, a civil rights activist, 1963) and a song (Al Wilson 1968) telling about a kind-hearted woman picking up a nearly frozen poisonous snake along a path, carrying it home and placing it by her fireplace. She picked up the recovered snake and was immediately bitten. The kind-hearted woman cried out to the snake, “Why did you bite me?” The snake replies:

And — here is what Donald loves to quote — “You knew I was a snake when you picked me up.”

Beware, my friends, beware.


Georgianna Abrashoff

Shirley Township


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