Against all reason and logic, liberal Hollywood director Rob Reiner insisted this week that President Trump is directly responsible for the death of New Yorkers. Presumably under the impression that Trump created the coronavirus and unleashed it on the unsuspecting citizens of Manhattan, Reiner tweeted Wednesday that Trump is to blame for the outbreak of serious illness in the New York City area.
“There’s no other way to put this,” the avowed Trump hater tweeted. “Donald Trump is causing people in NY to DIE.”
Hmm, well we can think of a few other ways to put it, Rob. Like:
The coronavirus is causing people in NY to DIE.
Donald Trump is not causing people in NY to DIE.
Either of which would be much more accurate than your original tweet. Perhaps you ought to give your utterances a second or two of thought before bleating them all over the world.
But then, if you did that kind of thing, we wouldn’t have been graced with cinematic masterpieces like North, which inspired the late Roger Ebert to write: “I hated this movie. Hated hated hated hated hated this movie. Hated it. Hated every simpering stupid vacant audience-insulting moment of it. Hated the sensibility that thought anyone would like it. Hated the implied insult to the audience by its belief that anyone would be entertained by it.”
That New York City is on the precipice of an unprecedented disaster is not up for debate. On Thursday, it was reported that there were more medical 911 calls in the city than there were on September 11, 2001. And with the exponential growth of the disease, we can expect that things will look extremely dire in the Big Apple within the week.
But is that Donald Trump’s fault?
What about Mayor Bill de Blasio, who said on January 24 that it’s “only through prolonged exposure can someone contract this virus. It is not a situation as with some other diseases where a single contact would be enough.”
That turned out to be wholly false, and we can only guess what kind of preparatory work New York didn’t bother to do because of misinformation of this kind.
But forget about late January. Fast forward to March 12, right about the time that everyone in the U.S. suddenly realized – uh-oh, we’ve got a major problem here. It was on that date that de Blasio continued to preach the gospel of keeping New York City public schools open. Why? Because NYC kids depend on the school system to get their meals. Three days later, this problem apparently resolved itself because all NYC schools closed down.
How much of the virus spread in those three days? How much in the preceding weeks, when de Blasio was downplaying the seriousness of the disease? How many New Yorkers went on with their normal business because the mayor was basically out there saying you had to practically French kiss an infected person to catch the coronavirus?
Look, this isn’t really about Bill de Blasio or Cuomo or any other elected official who was slow to respond. This entire country was caught off-guard. But for idiots like Reiner (and there are plenty like him) to blame this tragedy on Trump is a bridge too far. Get a clue.