'The federal government is failing!': MSNBC host spits fire as he details Trump's ignorant and inept outbreak response

'The federal government is failing!': MSNBC host spits fire as he details Trump's ignorant and inept outbreak response

MSNBC's Chris Hayes was clearly livid Wednesday night as he tore into President Donald Trump's botched handling of ongoing coronavirus crisis on his show "All In."

He explained that the government has significantly fallen behind any reasonable timeline for deploying tests for the virus, known as Covid-19, which is spreading in the U.S. population and is already believed to have killed at least 10 Americans. Though the administration has finally launched an effort to distribute more tests, it is far behind where it should be to contain the outbreak.

"And when the tests do deploy, case numbers in the country will spike. Which will freak people out," Hayes explained. "They shouldn't be. The whole point is that we do not know how many cases there are. Because — inexplicably! — we have not been testing nearly enough now for at least a week and probably longer. As the Atlantic put it: 'The official coronavirus numbers are wrong, and everyone knows it.' And that is true! Every expert I have talked to — from doctors, to epidemiologists, to public health experts — they are tearing their hair out at the fact that we do not know how many cases there are!"

One expert, he noted, thinks that the official tests could reveal that the number of cases in Seattle could resemble those in Wuhan, China a few months ago — where the outbreak began.

Hayes continued:

This is a serious thing. It's not World War Z, it's not 'everyone's going to die.' It's a serious thing, that needs to be dealt with seriously. And right now, the federal government is failing! They are failing to do that. And they appear to be failing for a reason. The reason is the person at the top of the federal government does not want to deal with the problem. He very clearly wants it to go away. He said cases are going to go down to zero. He says he's hoping for a miracle. Or maybe it will go away seasonally. He spent the last week talking about the vaccine — which is not the point! The vaccine's going to take a year to 18 months! Which the president cannot accept.

Hayes then played a clip of Trump meeting with pharmaceutical executives, clearly not understanding that a vaccine cannot possibly be developed in a short timeframe. An administration official had to correct Trump in front of everyone.

"The government, our government, the government led by that man, is failing right now," Hayes said. "And there's nothing to point the cameras at. There's no Hurricane Katrina moment, with people outside the convention center desperately begging for water. There's just an invisible virus making its way through communities without adequate preparation or information. We need truth, we need the facts, we need testing, and we need them now! We need them a week ago. And Donald Trump should take the next month off and golf, while someone else handles it."

Watch the clips below:

Enjoy this piece?

… then let us make a small request. AlterNet’s journalists work tirelessly to counter the traditional corporate media narrative. We’re here seven days a week, 365 days a year. And we’re proud to say that we’ve been bringing you the real, unfiltered news for 20 years—longer than any other progressive news site on the Internet.

It’s through the generosity of our supporters that we’re able to share with you all the underreported news you need to know. Independent journalism is increasingly imperiled; ads alone can’t pay our bills. AlterNet counts on readers like you to support our coverage. Did you enjoy content from David Cay Johnston, Common Dreams, Raw Story and Robert Reich? Opinion from Salon and Jim Hightower? Analysis by The Conversation? Then join the hundreds of readers who have supported AlterNet this year.

Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Help ensure AlterNet remains independent long into the future. Support progressive journalism with a one-time contribution to AlterNet, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you. Click here to donate by check.

DonateDonate by credit card


Thanks for your support!

Did you enjoy AlterNet this year? Join us! We're offering AlterNet ad-free for 15% off - just $2 per week. From now until March 15th.