[WATCH]Australian Newspaper on Trump’s Pandemic Response: We Are Witnessing The Fall Of A Great Power”
A newspaper in Australian is openly criticizing President Trump’s actions in fighting the coronavirus pandemic, saying, “We are witnessing the fall of a great power.” Many U.S. allies have expressed dismay at Trump’s handle of a pandemic that has claimed the lives of over 135,000 Americans, despite Trump bragging that the international community believes that the U.S. is on the right track.
Many in the international community are also concerned about American children going back to school despite the pandemic being nowhere near under control as coronavirus cases continue to spike in many states. This is also coupled with the continued societal instability sparked by the police killing of George Floyd which Trump has handled with a heavy hand.
The Canberra Times columnist Crispin Hull wrote that he sees the great America crumbling before his eyes. He wrote, “Look at the U.S. now. Its president is so psychiatrically disordered with narcissism that he is incapable of dealing with the COVID-19 crisis in a coherent, empathetic way. Everything he says and does is through a prism of himself. He has now turned his whole re-election campaign into one of race hate, law and order and a bizarre invention of a threat from ‘left-wing fascists.’”
He continued, “The underlying weakness in present U.S. democracy is that partisanship has become so extreme that the nation is incapable of dealing with the major issues that face it,” Hull continued. “COVID-19 has illustrated that starkly, with every word and act predicated on party allegiance. Meanwhile, other problems like race, police violence, gun control, inequality, the health system, climate change, and energy policy go unattended.”
Many agree with Hull’s assessment as the coronavirus and its safety measures have been turned into political weapons to win votes and the safety of people has become second. Hull went on to point out a mother problem he sees. He wrote, “[Trump] has appointed incompetent ignorant toadies to the most senior positions in his cabinet and the bureaucracy. He has undermined the Supreme Court with appointments based on politics, not law…The system has become so warped that those disenfranchised, disempowered, and disenchanted are taking to the streets, questioning the legitimacy of the whole system. The only question is whether the taking to the streets can break these vicious circles, or whether it is just another step in the decline and fall of a great power.”