In a video released on his YouTube channel Wednesday, former Labor Secretary Robert Reich argued that President Donald Trump’s chaotic response to the coronavirus pandemic is providing the “perfect cover” for him to “hoard power and boost his chances of reelection.”
Reich argued that “Trump has spent a lifetime exploiting chaos for personal gain and blaming others for his losses” and detailed how the president is attempting to capitalize politically from “shortages of equipment to protect hospital workers, dwindling supplies of ventilators and critical medications” and “jaw-dropping confusion over how $2.2 trillion of aid in the recent coronavirus law will be distributed.”
He then explained how Trump has given preferential treatment to states whose governors have flattered him, attempted to reject independent oversight of his administration’s response to the crisis and made sure his name appeared on stimulus checks.
“There should never have been any doubt that Trump would try to use this crisis to improve his odds of reelection,” Reich said.
Watch the video below.