The Only Panic Donald Trump Was Worried About.

He wasn’t at all worried about the reaction of the broader American public.

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Since the news broke that the President had been entirely aware of the severity of the coronavirus as far back as early February and still actively downplayed it to the American public, I’ve been doing my best to process this news and the underlying reasons behind no just his own, but his administration’s reasons for doing so. As we all know, both in the original interview with Bob Woodward and in the aftermath of the revelations that he knew, Donald Trump has insisted that they did not tell the American people because they did not want to incite panic. But considering the totality of his actions and what we know about the President, it arguably could not be more clear that while he was certainly concerned about panic, it wasn’t the panic of the American people.

If the President as concerned about panic at all, it was only about how that panic would affect the stock portfolios of the rich.

Considering the amount of stress and trauma that the American people have been dealing with through no fault of their own over the past six months, I can’t shake the feeling that we have become desensitized to just how brutal our government has continuously proven itself to be. I’d like to think that if people were just given even a second to breathe, sit back, and reflect on everything that has happened, more might understand that we have been living the consequences of our government’s criminal inaction. A path of inaction they chose for no other reason than it was more beneficial to their finances, in which the 200,000 people who died alone in hospital beds drowning in their own fluids were nothing more than collateral damage.

If Donald Trump was at all worried about if the American public was going to panic, it was only because he was concerned about how that panic would impact the markets. At the end of the day, the primary concern of not just the President but every single other lawmaker who knew but did not sound the alarm, was extracting as much labor as possible out of the American people while they could, regardless of the significant long term consequences we continue to experience today.

But of course, as is so often the case with lawmakers today in our dying, end stage capitalist empire, at the end of the day it all comes down to politics as well.

I’m sure there was no shortage of advisors to Donald Trump, both within his campaign and his administration, that reminded him of what a panicked market would do for his re-election chances. While I grow increasingly tired of pointing out the obvious when it comes to the President, it’s still worth noting that it would be harder for him to point to the stock market in a state of free-fall as a distraction from the fact that he has failed the American people in nearly every conceivable way. Naturally, a sociopath who has spent decades cultivating the image of a winner that got him to power in the first place would do what it took to preserve that image, and the lives lost in the process were just a necessary evil.

Aside from that, one can’t help feeling as though the President was willing to delay the response not just because of panic of the markets, but because he knew that the inevitable suppressed turnout during the election could help his chances. After all, he has his donor at the top of the post office and an attorney general ready and willing to do his bidding to take care of the mail in votes that might not work in his favor.

As I have said before, I don’t focus as much of my time and energy on the President because it feels as though I’m only echoing what everyone already knows to be true. That being said, allowing his actions to become normalized is something this increasingly fragile nation cannot afford. I hope it is not lost on anyone that the President of the United States valued the stock market and his re-election chances over our lives, the lives of our loved ones, and the overall stability of the middle and working classes.

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Lauren is a writer & leftist with analysis on topics related to politics & policy. She can be reached at or Twitter @xlauren_mx

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