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Trump calls on Americans to cease hoarding food, supplies

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Can Trump please stop giving 'advice' and basically stop saying anything to the American public about this disease? Let the people who actually KNOW about the virus and how to stop the spread of it give statements to the public.

7 ( +20 / -13 )

Every media outlet has a "what to stock up on" guide... what do the think will happen? The media need really to think about safety and not about visitors to their websites and ratings.

11 ( +15 / -4 )

“You don't have to buy so much," Trump said at a news conference. "Take it easy. Just relax.”

Good advice, but ain't that easy to say when Trump, like his fellow 'elite', has zero clue what it might be like to not have and not have had enough of life's material basics. Good to hear that a predatory capitalist like Trump isn't encouraging his fellow predatory capitalists that are price gouging. I'd give him credit for that, but can't trust him: Trump has zero credibility.

7 ( +15 / -8 )

Trump did the right thing.

-18 ( +12 / -30 )

Trump is being directly contradicted by his own health professionals.

maybe it’s best he didn’t do a Q&A because every time he opens his mouth he makes things worse.

9 ( +17 / -8 )

You don't have to buy so much . . . Take it easy. . . . Just relax. . . . .There are millions of tests available . . . You can take a test whenever you like . . . blah, blah, blah

This is the problem with having a congenital liar for a president. Nobody's sure when or if he's telling the truth. Stop the lie, lie, lie and tell the truth, truth, truth.

This is so weird. Nobody's blaming Trump for the coronavirus, but he just can't stop himself, shut up and stop lying. The congenital liar.

11 ( +15 / -4 )

DeDonnie, as always words, words, words, and nothing but words.

So, tell me Donald the Great, what are you gonna do?

Go to your winter (or was it summer?) WH Mar-al-Lago?

Stock up on everything that prevents germs?

Wish he'd finally shut up!

11 ( +16 / -5 )

I think that the reason for the food hoarding is simply that many Americans are able to do so. Big supermarkets, cars, houses with huge fridges/freezers and pantries welcome it. Even in normal times, hoarding is kind of encouraged there.

Meanwhile, in Japan, most people are unable to hoard much, even if they want to, due to everything being smaller.

Just compare the shopping cart sizes between the two countries and that will give you an idea.

13 ( +14 / -1 )

If he said 'you do not need to go out and buy extra batteries tomorrow', just what do you think will happen?

4 ( +6 / -2 )

I can understand the people's worries. Watching major retailers choosing to close for 2 weeks one by one makes people assume the local supermarkets will do the same. While the government is footing the bill for 2 weeks paid sick leave, a lot of big companies have decided to take the cost in themselves. Examples Apple has closed all their stores world wide and will pay their employees. Nike is doing the same in the US. So companies and the government is coming together.

7 ( +7 / -0 )

Trump did the right thing.

Yeah, lets give him a participation award for having said something that didn’t tank the stock market or mislead the nation about this for a change.

7 ( +11 / -4 )

Dr Anthony Fauci says he would like to see aggressive measures such as a 14-day national shutdown.

Not exactly. Chuck Todd suggested the 14 day shutdown idea. He then badgered Fauci trying to get him to say the public shouldn’t be careful to protect themselves. The obvious intent is to turn around and attack him if he didn’t give the correct answer. Fauci was careful not fall into Todd’s trap. This article should instead say that “Chuck Todd would like to see an aggressive 14 day shutdown”. And of course if the administration doesn’t take his advice he will blame Trump for the pandemic. That is the polarized state of America today.

-11 ( +3 / -14 )

And of course if the administration doesn’t take his advice he will blame Trump for the pandemic. That is the polarized state of America today.

Trump has already done enough to earn that blame already.

The bending over backwards to pretend that Trump has performed flawlessly in this being displayed by his supporters is also an indication of that polarization, and arguably a much stronger one given the cognitive dissonance it involves.

10 ( +13 / -3 )

The bending over backwards to pretend that Trump has performed flawlessly in this being displayed by his supporters is also an indication of that polarization

No one is suggesting Trump, the government at all levels, or the people in general have acted flawlessly. Trump, the nations governors, and local government officials are doing their best.

The Democrat debate is on right now and Sanders and Biden wasted little time attacking the President. That is polarization. Continuous criticism with little positive input is doing damage to the ability of Americans to protect themselves during this pandemic.

-12 ( +2 / -14 )

Does that statement also apply to Americans trying to procure German researchers for the creation of a vaccine exclusively for Americans?

7 ( +9 / -2 )

Trump did the right thing.

Trump,"the (old) boy who cried hoax", never does the right thing. He's no "stable genius" and he doesn't have "the best words". The Corona has exposed him to the world, if not yet to his swooning supporters, as just another "naked Emperor", and after the hapless Trump's miserable TV performance as "Comforter-in-Chief" and his hot-mic cursing and self-revelatory "Okaaaay!", all there is left to say is STFU! You're FIRED! (come November)

5 ( +6 / -1 )

I think even Trump fans know to ignore Trump on this issue.

12 ( +13 / -1 )

And I would call on Trump to cease hoarding stupidity. He shouldn't be so selfish --- there's enough of it going around for everybody.

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 Sanders and Biden wasted little time attacking the President. That is polarization. 

And the polarization continues if Trump attacks back. Leaders - which US presidents historically have been - try to unite, not further divide. But as some of his staunchest supporters have said, he's genomically incapable of taking the high road. Some say it's because he's a New Yorker; but I guess they know a different set of NYers than I do.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

That is polarization. Continuous criticism with little positive input is doing damage to the ability of Americans to protect themselves during this pandemic.

Throughout this bloody crisis the President has firmly staked his position as being “there is nothing going on and suggesting otherwise is a political hoax to hurt me.” The Democrats, who have pretty firmly sided with health experts from the beginning, have been on the right side all along.

Its idiotic to accuse them of being the ones polarizing this, Trump left anybody with a brain in their head no choice but to oppose what he was doing.

Granted that his rhetoric has started to change in the past couple of days and he is actually showing signs of understanding this won’t magically disappear, but he is still the one who has set the tone of this discourse by following the absolutely wrong course on this from day one. If it is polarized its because of his incompetence. America was polarized in 2001 too but that didn’t stop the public from rallying behind Bush after 911 because even he was capable of what Trump isn’t, inspiring confidence that someone capable was in charge.

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PTownsendToday 10:07 am JST Sanders and Biden wasted little time attacking the President. That is polarization. 

And the polarization continues if Trump attacks back. Leaders - which US presidents historically have been - try to unite, not further divide. But as some of his staunchest supporters have said, he's genomically incapable of taking the high road. Some say it's because he's a New Yorker; but I guess they know a different set of NYers than I do.

Did you ever read the story of MacBeth in HS English class? He overthrew the Scottish throne, badmouthed everyone around him and was always fearful + paranoid because his absolute power + corruption made him so evil and rotten.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

Trump: I'm not worried, it's not a big deal, the US will recover quickly, I like the numbers where they are, blah blah blah.

He's an imbecile incapable of thinking of anyone but himself.

Now suddenly he decides to get tested and announces a state of emergency? After what he has been saying up to this point I seriously doubt he made that decision on his own. His staff and medical advisers probably had to drag him kicking and screaming to do it.

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/03/peter-wehner-trump-presidency-over/607969/

https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/15/politics/fact-check-trump-control-coronavirus/index.html

7 ( +9 / -2 )

The look on Dr Anthony Fauci's face says it all.

10 ( +10 / -0 )

Americans need strong fiscal policy from Trump and the Congress. The emergency measures have not been voted on by the Senate. Shame on them!

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Trump's call on hoarding etc has been stated any number of times by any number of persons, esp civic leaders, media, medical professionals etc. It's not new news, altho from watching the video you'd think it was.

And can you imagine, as stated in the article, trump tuning into live streamings from the Free Chapel evangelical church? Him sitting down hands held in prayer, engrossed in the procedings calling upon god.!!!

3 ( +3 / -0 )

People may stop hoarding when Trump stops giving misinformation. His misguided advice and misinformation is creating markets to react. People will continue to hoard for as long as they are hunkering down and outlets are closing.

8 ( +8 / -0 )

HJSLLSToday 11:28 am JSTPeople may stop hoarding when Trump stops giving misinformation. His misguided advice and misinformation is creating markets to react. People will continue to hoard for as long as they are hunkering down and outlets are closing.

That's all Dumpster knows how to do - induce hysteria, amplify ignorance (and hatred) and shoot off his mouth. It's unbelievable that anyone would even listen to this Tangerine Traitor.

10 ( +10 / -0 )

For the majority on this forum, Trump isn't our president.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

zichiToday 11:52 am JSTFor the majority on this forum, Trump isn't our president.

He isn't, he wasn't, he ain't never gonna be - ever.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Trump calls on Americans to cease hoarding food, supplies

“You don't have to buy so much," Trump said at a news conference. "Take it easy. Just relax.”

People began hoarding because they were afraid, and confused. Other people began hoarding because some people had been hoarding. Hoarding begat more hoarding which begat even more hoarding.

In the U.S., the grocery stores have been restocking their shelves overnight. There is no reason to hoard except for the sake of hoarding.

Of course, there are those who are hoarding in order to resell the items at extremely high prices. And they brag about it on the internet. Which allows the police to quickly find them. Many places in the U.S. still have existing laws dating from WWII that make it unlawful to gouge the public in this manner. However. it's still legal for Democrats to act like pompous political animals.

-7 ( +1 / -8 )

arrestpaul

People began hoarding because they were afraid, and confused.

Certainly in part to the misinformation by Trump.

7 ( +8 / -1 )

People began hoarding because they were afraid, and confused.

Can’t imagine where that fear and confusion would come from. Maybe the leadership vacuum in the White House?

5 ( +6 / -1 )

From the TV reports I was shocked by the size of the American shopping trollies compared to Japanese ones. Like comparing a 20 ton truck with a 1 ton one.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Can Trump please stop giving 'advice' and basically stop saying anything to the American public about this disease?

So Trump should just tell people to hoard all the food and basic necessities as much as they want? Great! “Anarchy in the USA!”

Let the people who actually KNOW about the virus and how to stop the spread of it give statements to the public.

They talk a few times a day, focus on them, I do. Meanwhile, Trump will continue to voice his opinions, but we have the power to turn the channel of we don’t like it.

-10 ( +1 / -11 )

Playing politics during a worldwide crisis isn't helping anyone understand, contain, or fix this crisis.

Nor will ignoring the problems that need to be dealt with, including the problems resulting from Trump's political blunders. Start with 'nasty questions' like who was responsible for cutting back and eliminating health programs, and why were they cut back and eliminated. And start looking at how problems like this can be avoided in future.

By using the democratic parts of the existing political system, which would require 'playing politics'.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

Are we meant to listen to Donny now, or disregard what he’s saying because he’s not an expert and just stating his opinion?

Who wouldn’t want a leader just like this?

4 ( +5 / -1 )

A: It would be best if Donny just stopped giving “advice.”

B: So Donny should just tell people to hoard all the food and basic necessities as much as they want?

No, B-san; that would also be giving advice, which is explicitly what A-san was saying Donny shouldn’t do.

6 ( +7 / -1 )

So Trump should just tell people to hoard all the food and basic necessities as much as they want? Great! “Anarchy in the USA!”

I think the point is more that Trump has so badly damaged his credibility in this crisis that the public can’t (and in fact doesn’t) trust what he is saying even when it does make sense (and yeah, telling Americans not to horde makes sense). So we need someone who we can trust to be making these announcements now, not him.

Meanwhile, Trump will continue to voice his opinions, but we have the power to turn the channel of we don’t like it.

See? Even you are telling us to turn the channel when he starts to speak. This isn’t the type of advice that a real leader should be inspiring even from among his own supporters.

6 ( +7 / -1 )

Trump did the right thing.

just like hes handles the coronavirus and the economy....all is fine itll magically all disappear soon

6 ( +7 / -1 )

I think most people have learned to do the opposite of what this president says. Even the majority trump supporters who tend be a little off know that he is always lying. He fired, removed experts and replaced them with his son-in-law (nonpeace in the Middle East deal, imaginary border wall building and virus expert) who got advice from his brother's father-in-law (ER doctor) on facebook.

He has being lying throughout this whole pandemic, so why people would believe him now is beyond me.

6 ( +7 / -1 )

No, as much as we love Trump, we know he’s just talking and he’s not a licensed medial immunologist.

Trump would have something to say on that when he said he knew more about the virus than anyone else because he has the same DNA has his professor uncle so that make him a smart and even claimed maybe he should have been a scientist instead of president. No argument from me on that point.

4 ( +5 / -1 )

You should ask them.

Do you think they have a reason for not?

2 ( +3 / -1 )

They shouldn't be hoarding. Canadians are hoarding too (no news?).

4 ( +4 / -0 )

I think as long as liberals give in to the fear holding on to Trump’s words will have more stress and there is nothing they can do about it. Both sides need to come together on this fight this together, liberals can attack Trump all day, won’t make him quiet or won’t make him leave, just accept it....or don’t, but the will continue to talk, therefore the media should just accept it.

-10 ( +1 / -11 )

*Coronavirus symptoms include** fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, and symptoms appear 2 to 14 days after exposure.*

*Flu symptoms include** fever over 100.4 F (38 C), dry cough, chills and sweats, congestion, sore throat, muscle aches, fatigue and weakness.*

Source: Mayo Clinic

Yeah, it’s these are these exact same things. Stupid experts trying to distinguish between respiratory illnesses!

3 ( +4 / -1 )

When are we supposed to listen to Donny and when are we supposed to ignore him?

The dems and repubs have come together to deal with this. It’s weird when people claim the dems haven’t worked with the republicans on this.

It completely makes sense to call for the media to stop reporting on the presidents words and actions. It’s not as if the president of the United States is an important person.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

@bass wrote:

Whether you have a Dem or a Republican in the WH, the President’s survival and safety and priority comes first. You can’t run a country without the President or Vice President, so I understand, it might not be fair, but I definitely understand that.

The president wanted the vaccine just for the USA but didn't take the German cv test kits that were offered in Jan for our citizens because wanted to make it here. So now we are still waiting for test kits in the Middle of March with the least amount of tested citizens in the developed world. GOD HELP US!!

6 ( +7 / -1 )

You can’t run a country if people don’t know when to listen to you. Good lord!

4 ( +5 / -1 )

The president wanted the vaccine just for the USA but didn't take the German cv test kits that were offered in Jan for our citizens because wanted to make it here. So now we are still waiting for test kits in the Middle of March with the least amount of tested citizens in the developed world. GOD HELP US!

Silva: You only think this because you listened to Donny. Why would you listen to POTUS?!

3 ( +4 / -1 )

> The president wanted the vaccine just for the USA but didn't take the German cv test kits that were offered in Jan for our citizens because wanted to make it here. So now we are still waiting for test kits in the Middle of March with the least amount of tested citizens in the developed world. GOD HELP US!

Silva: You only think this because you listened to Donny. Why would you listen to POTUS?!

3 ( +4 / -1 )

Actually, the President “is” without a doubt the most important person in the world, just security alone and or when the President travels, the logistics and planning alone is just off the charts, wherever he goes some of the most highly trained people with various capabilities in the arts of computer science, hand to hand combat, physics etc. the amount of money we pay to safeguard any President is just mind blowing.

The msm media can do what they want as will the President.

-10 ( +1 / -11 )

I think as long as liberals give in to the fear holding on to Trump’s words will have more stress and there is nothing they can do about it. 

This isn’t just a liberal thing. The fact that the man in charge of the country is saying these idiotic things, and that the complete and utter failure of the government he runs to take effective action very much tacks closely to the lunacy he is spewing should be of concern to everyone. These aren’t just examples of “Gotcha” journalism, his stupid rambling sentences are accurately reflected in his stupid, rambling policy failures.

6 ( +7 / -1 )

The president is the most important person in the world, but we don’t know when we should listen to him.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

The president is the most important person in the world, but we don’t know when we should listen to him.

:) !

5 ( +6 / -1 )

The president wanted the vaccine just for the USA but didn't take the German cv test kits that were offered in Jan for our citizens because wanted to make it here. So now we are still waiting for test kits in the Middle of March with the least amount of tested citizens in the developed world. GOD HELP US!!

Whether people want to listen or not, the President is still the President, I never listend to the previous one, but I still acknowledged willing...unwilling he was the President. There was nothing wrong for the President wanting to make sure the kits were made in the US. But liberals don’t need to worry because the kits are coming, relax.

-10 ( +1 / -11 )

Imagine how much better we would be handling this situation if we had known not to listen to Donny about this situation. It’s just so hard to know when to listen to Donny and when to ignore him, which is exactly what we want in the president.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

There was nothing wrong for the President wanting to make sure the kits were made in the US. But liberals don’t need to worry because the kits are coming, relax.

The kits were available from Germany at the end of January but Trump refused to buy them. Now he tried to buy another German company making a vaccine.

Made in America does not apply to Trump mercantile or that by his daughter Ivanka which is all made in China.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

Imagine how much better we would be handling this situation if we had known not to listen to Donny about this situation.

I don’t think so, given how new this pathogen is, not sure if anyone could have done or handled this better and not only him but a lot of people globally.

-5 ( +1 / -6 )

Yeah, there is no way the US could be expected to handle this outbreak as well as South Korea. Smh.

It’s not like Don gutted the CDC, downplayed the seriousness of this outbreak, and removed the epidemiological post on the NSC.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

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