I saw someone on Twitter say last night that HBO is going to make a great 10-hour miniseries about the last six hours, and that sounds about right. In the span of less than an hour last night, Donald Trump gave a disastrous seven-minute speech, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson revealed that they had tested positive for the Coronavirus, the rest of the NBA season was canceled, and Sarah Palin — one of the figures most responsible for our current political situation — was unmasked on The Masked Singer. It was a hell of a night.
I wasn't kidding pic.twitter.com/oYabgF77tI— andrew kaczynski🤔 (@KFILE) March 12, 2020
The good news is: For those who still hadn’t started worrying, last night probably scared the pants off most of the country (and if last night didn’t do the trick, go read some accounts from hospitals in Italy). Hopefully, that will prompt action before it’s too late. We don’t have a case yet in Maine, and they are shutting down most of the Universities, and I expect that public schools won’t be far behind. I suspect this will be true for everyone, and local and state governments will have to fill the leadership vacuum left by our President, who spoke for 7 terrifying minutes last night, confused everyone and comforted no one.
we regret to inform you that none of the accurate things the president said were soothing and none of the soothing things were accurate— Alexandra Petri (@petridishes) March 12, 2020
In a Seven. Minute. Prepared. Speech. Read. From. A. Teleprompter. https://t.co/6yjpMcmM0F— George Conway (@gtconway3d) March 12, 2020
sorry for being all political but im starting to think that putting a racist game show host with brain worms who surrounds himself with yes men and his idiot spawn in control of everything was a mistake but idk— Andrew Lawrence (@ndrew_lawrence) March 12, 2020
Almost impossible to articulate how horribly the WH has screwed up the response to Coronavirus without sounding like a hysteric.— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) March 11, 2020
There is no good or complete substitute for the executive branch when it comes to national crisis, but one takeaway to last 2 months & tonight’s speech is that Congress, governors & mayors, private sector, & civil society will need to step up to get this country thru this ordeal.— Richard N. Haass (@RichardHaass) March 12, 2020
2 months ago we had the opportunity to get rid of this dangerous buffoon and GOP Senators didn't remove him. Schiff repeatedly warned the GOP something like this would happen, and they took it as a joke. In Nov EVERY GOP Senator up for reelection should be voted out of office.— Christopher Bouzy (@cbouzy) March 12, 2020
Republican leaders knew better. They knew this man was not at all up to this job, and yet they've supported him, defended him, literally voted to keep him in office despite that knowledge. And now here we are in this dystopian nightmare, without a mature adult to run the country.— Ben Rhodes (@brhodes) March 12, 2020
I've been watching Presidential speeches for decades. have never seen a President look more nervous, more unsure of what he was saying, than tonight.— Jeff Greenfield (@greenfield64) March 12, 2020
An hour ago Trump gave a speech meant to calm markets and Americans …— Lis Power (@LisPower1) March 12, 2020
and now his entire administration is already in overdrive walking back a key error he made on trade that spooked the markets, and cleaning up total confusion over his remarks about a European travel ban
This is easily the worst presidential address from the oval office I've ever seen in my lifetime.— Michael Socolow (@MichaelSocolow) March 12, 2020
I can't remember anything like this.
Thanks to a lack of leadership from a purely self-involved, self-interested man, there is bedlam and confusion right now. Europe had no clue that the ban was coming because our President didn’t bother to communicate with them.
Trump, as expected, didn't tell the EU before banning travel from there into the US https://t.co/zLBYeycqiN— Sam Stein (@samstein) March 12, 2020
Meanwhile, American citizens abroad were spending mortgage payments on flights to get home before realizing it wasn’t necessary.
Thread https://t.co/FPHRZEOiNY— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) March 12, 2020
Testing is still a shitshow.
Dr Sanjay Gupta just now: eight people were tested for coronavirus at US public labs today. Eight.— Andrew Coyne (@acoyne) March 12, 2020
This is a terrifying thread right here.
Insane thread: https://t.co/QxNOiNvim3— Soledad O'Brien (@soledadobrien) March 12, 2020
Even Megyn Kelly can’t handle this!
Both sides! says expert in blackface. https://t.co/aTYeE0vUm4— Soledad O'Brien (@soledadobrien) March 12, 2020
Here’s how bad things are right now: I would give anything to have Jeb Bush leading the country.
I asked @JebBush, who handled one hurricane after another as Fla governor and got bipartisan praise for it, what Trump should be doing now. Here was his answer, which was something of a lapel-grab at Trump: https://t.co/3DPcEXJlJe pic.twitter.com/8Om2qHFfdH— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) March 12, 2020
Weirdly, the most comforting voice of the last 15 hours may have been … Chet Hanks.
It’s weird living in a universe where this is more reassuring than a speech by the president https://t.co/yxBGfLcymI— Jess Dweck (@TheDweck) March 12, 2020
Stay safe out there, folks.
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