Forest of Dean Green wrote: I literally cannot believe how sane people stand beside him and don’t interject or correct or admonish him. People are weirdly cowed by an imbecile. Including rational scientists.
His own party are a disgrace for not telling him to pack his bags. They care more about not having a Democrat in power than the health of their nation, or they would have heaved him over the side of the boat. America is a laughing stock.
The problem these non-politically appointed rational scientists have, in common with the vanishingly small percentage of competent and decent politically appointed people who have ever worked in any capacity for the Trump regime, is that they're all but impotent once they're on the outside: they can only have any effect if they're still in a position to rein in the worst excesses of the unfolding horror story that is this presidency, and they have to tread a very fine line in order to do so.
As soon as someone resigns in disgust and despair, or gets fired or moved because they dared dispute too openly anything the Dear Leader says, they're immediately branded disgruntled former employess and vilified by all of Trumpworld, and in the absence of that ever rarer voice of reason and restraint there's just another incompetent, know-nothing, snivelling yes-man or woman (quite likely a "major donor" or a pal from Mar a Lago with zero experience even in politics, let alone the job in question) put in their place - and there goes yet another brick in the crumbling wall.
It's all very well becoming an MSNBC contributor or writing the latest in what is now a very long line of jaw-dropping exposés of what's really been going on there (which is so much worse than is generally known - I've read a good few!) but that doesn't really move the needle one jot - they're just preaching to the converted, and even after all this time, and all the horror stories and all the books, Trump's approval ratings hadn't really dropped at all until his ongoing pandemic SNAFU. (And when he was finally cajoled into pretending to be serious and presidential for five minutes a few weeks back, they actually rose above 50% for a while. Still appallingly low for a president in a "rally round the flag" national crisis, but staggering to me nonetheless.)
Deborah Birx is now being dubbed "The Stepford Doc" because she's had more trouble treading that fine line in public than Anthony Fauci has - but just imagine if those two resigned or were fired. Well, I'd rather not!
As for the GOP themselves - yes, they are contemptible beyond words. Their actions, and inactions, have brought utter disgrace on them, their party and their country.