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Unless you have been under a rock…you have heard President Donald Trump lay blame at China’s feet. This is after praising President Xi for their amazing response to the virus over the course of January and February. Yes, he would like you to pretend that it didn’t happen. And yes, there is both video and Tweets to mark the occasion.

Why is President Donald Trump following the post-911 gambit and trying to get the intelligence he desires? That is that COVID is a lab escapee? Quite simply, this is the ultimate shift in blame from his lack of action. Remember, while Trump was praising Xi, he was calling this nothing more than a bad flu season. He was also telling us the media was exaggerating (to be kind) and calling it a Democratic hoax.

Yes, there is tape as well.

What the president was not doing is reading his daily brief, and taking this seriously. He was not preparing the American people for what was coming. As a populist, he knew death is hard to spin.

Yes, there are some things that we should critical of China. For their own internal reasons, the local government tried to suppress bad news from their national leadership. This was the reverse from American governors who got far more serious way before the president did. It partially has to do with the American system of federalism.

For example, see Democrats Gavin Newsom and Jay Inslee. Governor Andrew Cuomo took a tad longer, but when he acted, he did with force, wit the facts and the science. Mike DeWine of Ohio did as well, and he is one of the few Republicans who is also following experts.

Others are starting to behave as if they need to serve ideology and the president. Why southern states are rushing to open. History will be a harsh mistress.

The president is now going back to magical thinking. The virus will not disappear as if by magic. It’s been around for a long time. It jumped from animals to humans. It’s not the first time this happens, nor will it be the last. But the president is desperate to both open the economy and shift blame.

This is what this is about. Never mind the Five Eyes disagree with his conclusion that the virus is man-made. This is what his fight with the World Health Organization is about as well. Add to this the media, which he continues to portray as an internal enemy. Include in this Democrats and very revealing statements about not taking responsibility for any of this.

Trump is desperate to both restart the economy and to shift all responsibility for the deaths to come. As the economy opens, he is moving on. He is hoping you don’t notice the bodies. And if you do, that you blame anybody but Trump.

This gambit has a serious problem. It’s called nuclear-armed power. This nuclear power is already raising the prospect of armed conflict. This is the kind of fire that Trump is playing with.

Historian by training. Former day to day reporter. Sometimes a geek who enjoys a good miniatures game.

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