Jul 13, 2020
The President Canceling Plans

“We are all in the middle of a true medical emergency, an epidemic, coast-to-coast epidemic. States putting up staggering numbers: Florida, Houston, Texas, Indiana over the weekend, parts of Minnesota, California, Arizona. And the President views this medical emergency—this true epidemic—as a political issue. It is not. It is a medical issue, and he has not stepped up as a leader in terms of helping to define what people have to do, what various governors in various states ought to do. We have not heard a single real word from him about leadership in this epidemic and that’s his bigger problem,” says Morning Joe veteran columnist Mike Barnicle during a conversation with Mika Brzezinski and Jonathan Lemire about President Donald Trump canceling a planned rally in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, due to concerns that COVID-19 fears and a forecasted thunderstorm would lead to low attendance.