Over 200 thousand Americans are dead from a pandemic, with millions more suddenly unemployed. Historic uprisings against racist police brutality have reinvigorated discourse on the power of police officers over Americans everywhere. The nominee for the Supreme Court seat left by the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has sparked concerns that some of the most consequential rulings could be overturned.
Yet with only 13 days before the 2020 election, President Donald Trump has devoted his closing message to berating reporters and slamming the pitching skills of virus response team member Dr. Anthony Fauci.
The Democratic nominee of 2016, Hillary Clinton, predicted Trump's behavior during a national crisis like the one before us now, and she noted that in a recent tweet.
Trump, one of the world's most infamous Twitter users, is known for contradicting his current stances with tweets from years before, creating the mantra that—for Trump—there's a "tweet for everything" or "there's always a tweet."
Clinton noted that, in her case, there's a "speech for everything," as evidenced by her words in 2016:
"Now, just imagine if you can, Donald Trump sitting in the Oval Office the next time America faces a crisis. Imagine him being in charge when your jobs and savings are at stake. Is this who you want to lead us in an emergency? Someone thin-skinned and quick to anger who'd likely be on Twitter attacking reporters or bringing the whole regulatory system down on his critics when he should be focused on fixing what's wrong? Would he even know what to do?"
Watch the moment below.
Hillary Clinton Columbus Ohio FULL Speech On Economy & Trump 6/21/16 youtu.be
The picture Clinton painted was eerily prescient, as Trump has attacked not only Lesley Stahl, but NBC's Savannah Guthrie, CNN's Kristen Welker, Fox News' Chris Wallace, and a host of other reporters in recent days while pandemic relief talks in Congress stall.
Twitter users said that Clinton warned them repeatedly.
Trump's behavior hasn't mollified any concerns about his response to a crisis.
The presidential election is on November 3rd, but early voting has begun in at least 40 states.