A real sickness

2/7/2020, 6 a.m.
Forget the coronavirus. Would somebody please quarantine President Trump before he makes the nation sicker?

Forget the coronavirus.

Would somebody please quarantine President Trump before he makes the nation sicker?

Already, GOP members of the U.S. Senate have been infected by him, refusing on Wednesday to remove him from office despite his impeachment by the U.S. House of Representatives for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

And hearing Republicans members of Congress break into a chant of “Four more years!” during Tuesday night’s State of the Union address shows the malady is spreading, giving the president the belief that he now has carte blanche to carry out any assortment of high crimes and misdemeanors.

Like the con man he is, President Trump pulled out all the stops during his address Tuesday, using an array of black people in the House gallery as props for his re-election campaign — from the reformed drug abuser (Yeah, he had to showcase a brother even though more white people than black people have used illicit drugs during their lifetimes, according to the 2018 national survey on Drug Use and Health.) to the mother and daughter to whom he promised a school scholarship to a 100-year-old Tuskegee Airman from Bethesda, Md., and his 13-year-old great-grandson from Arizona who is studying at an aviation academy and is a potential recruit for the U.S. Air Force Academy and, ultimately, the president’s new Space Force.

President Trump didn’t pledge to reverse the chronic underfunding of public schools. He had Janiyah Davis, the fourth-grader from Philadelphia, to stand so he could tout a $5 billion private school voucher program that would fun- nel money away from public schools and give tax breaks to corporations and the richest Americans.

Knowing President Trump’s track record, we question whether Janiyah will ever receive the opportunity scholar- ship he promised her. In November, a New York judge ordered him to pay $2 million in damages for misusing money raised by the Trump Foundation during a televised charity event that never reached the veterans organizations it was supposed to benefit.

There is no doubt President Trump is a master manipulator. He claimed the economy and the stock market are booming, key accomplishments of his administration. Yet he failed to address the fact that millions of people continue to struggle daily, facing the dilemma of how to put food on the table if they pay their rent, pay for medicine or car loan. Student loan debt also threatens the economic well-being of hundreds of thousands of young people just starting out.

He claimed to have reduced poverty and unemployment for African-Americans and pledged to protect Medicare, Social Security and health care for all Americans. Yet, at every turn, his administration has battled to repeal the Affordable Care Act enacted under former President Obama that ensures health coverage for people with pre-existing conditions. His 2020 budget proposal would cut Medicaid spending by $1.5 trillion over the next decade.

His administration also has pushed for and instituted rules and policy changes that would boot tens of thousands of people off food stamps and other critical government assistance programs.