President Donald Trump's response to the health crisis currently facing the United States has been widely criticized.
The President is reluctant to employ the federal powers available to him to help curb the pandemic, instead telling governors to use state powers and rely on the federal government only as a backup. Without the federal government to mandate the distribution of crucial medical equipment, bidding wars have ensued between the states.
Trump's refusal to enforce the Defense Production Act and order private companies to begin manufacturing more equipment has resulted in a shortage of masks, ventilators, and other lifesaving devices.
What did the President do on Monday to alleviate this?
He posted an all-caps tweet about borders.
THIS IS WHY WE NEED BORDERS!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1584972960.0
Just in case this needs pointing out: Viruses do not observe borders.
With air travel still continuing around the world, the virus has swiftly spread across global borders. In the three months since the its first diagnosed case, it's gone on to infect over 341,000 people in at least 163 countries.
People pointed this out the absurdity of Trump's statement with all-caps tweets of their own.
THIS IS WHY WE CAN'T HAVE NICE THINGS! https://t.co/MUgXt5wN6V— Ben. No More, No Less. (@Ben. No More, No Less.)1584977649.0
THIS IS WHY WE NEED AN ACTUAL PRESIDENT. https://t.co/GRZKum3xcz— David Weissman (@David Weissman)1584973114.0
DISEASES DON'T RESPECT BORDERS https://t.co/EPNN7hdKeG— Not Bill Murray (@Not Bill Murray)1584974198.0
THIS IS WHY WE NEED UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE AND INVESTMENTS IN SCIENCE! https://t.co/OGeM5H1N3k— concha (@concha)1584976337.0
BUILD THE WALL AND MAKE THE VIRUS PAY FOR IT! https://t.co/E47LskmyfG— André Ferreira (@André Ferreira)1584976339.0
Others joked that Trump actually meant "Borders," the once-successful chain of bookstores which shuttered its locations in 2010.
Me, not finding what I need at Barnes and Noble. https://t.co/GyrC7bBOSA— Brett Rosner (@Brett Rosner)1584976334.0
When you buy a book online but it gets beat up in the mail https://t.co/zzRCVDZEtg— Willie Muse (@Willie Muse)1584976194.0
I miss Borders too Mr President, but consider supporting your local bookstore. https://t.co/E13tiHNxRD— Dmitry Grozoubinski (@Dmitry Grozoubinski)1584973219.0
me when Amazon sends the wrong book https://t.co/dZIjA1ht4N— Anthony Smith (@Anthony Smith)1584978354.0
Jokes aside, the President's increasing erraticism and denial of responsibility has done little to assure Americans that he's fit to lead the country in the face of a growing pandemic.