Columnist Charlie Pierce wrote in the Esquire column on Tuesday that one refreshing way to make it through President Donald Trump’s failure during the coronavirus crisis was to look competent leadership from other heads of state. Namely, the prime minister of New Zealand.
“Two days later, [Prime Minister Jacinda] Ardern delivered a televised speech from his office – the first time since 1982 the Oval Office style speech had been given – announced a coronavirus response warning plan involving four stages, with a complete locking up to Level 4. A group of influential leaders continued phone calls with him the next day to urge a move to Level 4, “Pierce quoted A Washington Post report.
March 23, Arden gives the country 48 hours to lock things up.
“We currently have 102 cases,” he said. “But Italy has done it too.”
Before midnight all phones get a warning saying that people should act as if they have COVID-19 because it will save lives. “Let’s all do a little to unite against Covid-19,” the persuaded.
“All that is needed is a leader with credibility who tells the truth. New Zealand has one of them. We don’t, “Pierce wrote.
In New Zealand there is a language that is simple and easy to understand: Stay at home. Trump fumbles underestimating the virus for the constant claim that everything is fine. He wanted to remain optimistic, he said, and only delivered positive news. While Americans need something hopeful and positive, what is more important is information that can help save lives.
Ardence usually talks to the state from the press conference podium, Pierce explained, but “he also regularly gives updates and answers questions on Facebook, including those done while sitting at home – maybe in his bed – with a shirt.”
He did not complain about the media or speak harshly about the people who chased him.
“There is no paranoid rambling about the careers of civil servants who tell the truth to the country,” Pierce said. “There is no transfer of mistakes, avoidance of responsibility, or an increase in cheap daily self-esteem.”
He noted that the Post wrote that Arden continues to win hearts with advice about the Easter Bunny and Tooth Fairy being important workers.
“But as you can imagine, now they will potentially be quite busy at home with their families and their own rabbits,” he said.
Pierce calls this an extraordinary example of “democracy in action.” Meanwhile, the American president answers the simplest questions like, “what would you say to an American who is afraid?”
“I would say you are a terrible reporter,” Trump answers.
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