The coronavirus pandemic continues to keep countries in lockdown, with over 400,000 confirmed cases around the globe. Medical experts are warning that social distancing is pivotal to slowing the spread of the virus, which would put less strain on overburdened medical systems and save more lives.
Of course, U.S. President Donald Trump has a much different view of the matter, aiming to send everyone back to work in time for Easter — less than three weeks away.
“It’s like those stories you hear about a small town that elects a dog as mayor every year,” quipped Late Night host Seth Meyers, taking one of this trademark Closer Looks (from home) about how utterly ill-equipped Trump is to handle this health crisis. “Sure, you know, it might seem like fun at the time. Dog mayor. But what happens when there’s a thunderstorm and you need the mayor to coordinate disaster relief, but he won’t come out from underneath the couch?”
Meyers further noted Trump is being encouraged in this “sadistic plan to put profits over lives” by some economic pundits, who are actually suggesting the U.S. just let people die in order to protect its economy. Land of the free, home of the brave.
“Maybe what happened here is a bunch of rich people realized that in order to both save lives and protect the economy they’d have to redistribute some wealth to working people, and that was intolerable to them,” said Meyers. “Because there is a third option here: we can keep people at home to save lives and give them money to get through the crisis.”