The coronavirus is providing Donald Trump with an intriguing opportunity. One that I don’t think anyone saw coming. Although the coronavirus pandemic itself is real, the actual threat it poses to world health is negligible. To date, fewer than 150 people have died in the U.S due to Covid-19. By comparison, the CDC estimates that between 36,000,000 and 51,000,000 Americans have been infected with the flu this year, resulting in somewhere between 22,000 and 55,000 deaths. Given those numbers, the hysteria over Covid-19 seems unwarranted. So what’s the deal?
I’ve been following the media’s reporting on Covid-19 since it began trending a few weeks ago. What struck me was the fear that found its way into news reports over a relatively innocuous virus. After a week of fear-laced headlines from major news outlets, stocks began trending downward. Stock prices are not affected by bacteria and viruses. They’re affected by the news. And in this case, the downtrend in stock prices seemed to be based purely on reactions to the previous weeks’ fearful news about Covid-19. The media then started another cycle of fear-based news reports. This one focused on the market’s panic over the coronavirus.
In the weeks that followed, every famous person who tested positive, every sporting event canceled and every word uttered by Trump about the virus became a headline. The coronavirus was now the subject of the majority of mainstream news reports. As fear grew, stock prices continued to decline. And as stock prices declined, another news cycle was created, predicting even greater losses. Public functions were canceled. Schools were closed. Employees were told to work from home. Many businesses were forced to close, and their employees were laid off. The media seized on the latest closings and published more fear-filled headlines. The stock market continued its decline.
The media know as well as anyone that investor fear drives stock prices lower, while confidence drives them higher. It seems the media have an interest in creating news cycles of fear, which they know will drive stock prices lower. Why would the press want to crash the market?
Donald Trump is running for re-election on the strength of the economy and gains made in the stock market since his election. After failed attempts to remove him from office by the Mueller investigation and impeachment, it seems the President’s enemies are bent on crashing the stock market in the hope of dooming his bid for re-election. That was my assessment last week. This week, it’s apparent that the media (and their puppet masters) aren’t content to merely crash the stock market. They intend to destroy businesses large and small across the country. They hope to completely destroy the economy. It seems to be the only non-violent mechanism they have left to remove him from office.
Two nights ago, I had an encouraging dream about the President. In the dream, I was shown a graphic representation of the plan Trump and his allies had developed to defeat his enemies. In appearance, the plan was elegant and somewhat sophisticated. It was not as expensive as I would have thought, and not as expensive as other plans which were shown to me in the dream. (The issue of cost is relevant, in light of the fact that the President has authorized large amounts of money to be made available to offset losses suffered by businesses affected by the pandemic. This may seem like a lot of money, and it may cause concern given our nation’s already massive debt, but I don’t think there is reason to be concerned.)
The media have criticized the President for lacking a scientific understanding of the pandemic. They’ve accused him of responding too slowly and of not making resources available quickly enough or making them available in insufficient quantity. Lately, they’ve resorted to accusing him of racism for calling Covid-19 a “Chinese virus.”
The President didn’t create the hysteria over the virus, but It’s the hand he was dealt, and he’s determined to make the best of it. He’s instructed regulatory agencies to remove barriers to prompt delivery of healthcare. Although Trump wasn’t successful in getting rid of the regulatory burdens of Obamacare through Congressional action, the public perception of a healthcare crisis has given him an opportunity to accomplish at least parts of that goal. He’s streamlining the way testing is done and the way drugs are being brought to market. (For those trying to gauge the President’s views on things like vaccinations, I would caution against doing that right now. This is a game of optics and Trump can’t afford to let his personal feelings affect the public perception that he’s making sound policy decisions based on science accepted by most of society.)
The President has chosen to hold daily public briefings that are being live-streamed on social media platforms. He’s surrounded himself with the best and the brightest in healthcare and other industries and is allowing these leaders to answer questions in their area of expertise. It’s true that Trump isn’t an expert in healthcare. He knows that, and he’s opted to delegate to experts all parts of his public messaging in areas where he lacks expertise.
The live-streamed messages are reminiscent of those given by Rudy Giuliani in the days after the September 11 tragedy. Giuliani’s messages were patterned after FDR’s fireside chats during the great depression. These actions display true leadership and create strong emotional bonds between elected officials and citizens (I would be surprised if it weren’t Giuliani who suggested these discussions should be held.)
As the public tunes in to watch the President and his team explain the latest steps they’re taking to address the crisis, the public is being given an opportunity to see live, firsthand how POTUS and his team interact with the press. The value of having average people watch these interactions cannot be understated. Instead of the biased media soundbites they usually get, ordinary people are seeing and hearing Trump for themselves without the media’s negative filter. In most cases, the President appears confident, professional and compassionate. His enthusiasm for taking swift and decisive action is plain for everyone to see. In contrast, the media attack him after he gives a perfectly rational response, ask “gotcha” questions, make emotional speeches and repeat questions that have already been answered multiple times. In the face of a crisis that will cost many Americans their livelihood, the media are behaving like whiny, petulant children.
I have no hard evidence to prove that the media colluded to crash the stock market. I’m only sharing my personal observations and speculation. But if texts or emails exist where members of the media discussed the creation of news cycles with the intent of causing stock prices to fall, those emails and texts would be evidence of a conspiracy to commit economic terrorism. And if the Department of Justice received those messages and prosecuted the conspirators, it could very well mean the end of the mainstream media as we know it.
The press (and their handlers) believe they’ve finally come up with a plan to destroy the man they so vehemently despise. But they’ve underestimated his ability to succeed in times of chaos. A man’s true character is displayed in the boldest brushstrokes and brightest colors when the odds are stacked against him. If Trump is a charlatan, this crisis will be his Waterloo. If he is a man of courage, ingenuity, and foresight, it will be an opportunity to build his vision of a new America upon the corrupt, decaying corpse of a republic that was handed to him.
Our entire society is destined for change. The transformation that must take place requires the removal of some things we’ve grown accustomed to but which stand in the way of our freedom. I trust that the President knows which things should be preserved and which should be tossed in the rubbish bin. He will need direction from God to navigate the waters that lie ahead. I would, therefore, ask that you keep him in prayer.