Seth Meyers’ A Closer Look segment on Monday night is a long one at 20 minutes, but it’s worth it. The Late Night host traces the wasted time between Trump’s February claim that the coronavirus pandemic would “disappear by April,” and — well, actual April. 11,000 Americans have died of COVID-19, and millions more are without income as their employers shut down. On top of this, the U.S. government is making it as difficult as possible to access support. For example, telling people to find a fax machine to apply for unemployment.
“This is not some accident of history. There’s a reason you can get a package of alcohol wipes from Amazon in 48 hours but to apply from unemployment benefits from the government you have to download MS-DOS,” Meyers says.
“The reason is that billionaires and corporations have hollowed out our public infrastructure with the help of corporate ghouls in the political establishment, and now companies like Amazon are more powerful than our decrepit federal government.”
Meyers goes on to break down Trump’s approach to the coronavirus pandemic since the beginning of the year. Weeks of self-serving lies downplaying the true danger, then lies about lying. Refusing to allow uninsured Americans to access healthcare in a pandemic without going bankrupt. Hoarding federal stockpiles of ventilators and masks for absolutely no logical reason, even though they’re desperately needed by hard-hit states like New York.
“Oh, that makes sense,” shrugs Meyers. “It’s like my doorman told me: ‘The front door belongs to the building. If you wanna go to work so bad, climb down the fire escape.'”
“One lesson we’re learning from all of this,” he sums up, “is that it’s better not to be governed by sociopaths.”
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