Brand Trump has been strong for over 7 decades in the US, and its patriarch Donald is making sure it comes out from the coronavirus pandemic stronger than ever.
There’s a once in a century pandemic plaguing your people. You release a massive stimulus package and direct money to millions of potential voters. And you make sure they don’t forget it is you who is giving them the relief. Well, but you aren’t technically. It’s the United States treasury but in President Trump’s authoritarian world, it doesn’t matter.
So, when the tens of millions of Americans get their $1,200 checks, they’ll see the name of their supreme commanders embellished on the top.
As per a recent Forbes report, on the instructions of the US Treasury Department, the Internal Revenue Services had to stop the printing press for the welfarist checks temporarily for a minor design modification. The IRS will now print President Trump’s name on the “memo” line of each check before they are posted to the millions waiting to find them in their mailboxes.
Time is of essence but not in Trump’s world
17 million Americans have filed jobless claims in just over a fortnight. Food banks across the big cities in the country are witness lines that go for more than a mile. One-third of Americans foregoes their rents for the month of April. But millions that wait for their relief from the historic $2.2 trillion CARES Act will have to wait a little longer due to the narcissism of their elected leader.
The decision to add Trump’s name is set to delay the checks. Multiple IRS officials have been quoted as saying that the move now requires the IT team to alter the programming before IRS passes on the load to the Bureau of Fiscal Service, who will then perform the printing modifications before issuing the checks. and issuing. The needless and irrational last-minute demand of President Trump will result in vital relief reaching millions a few days late.
Straight from the Oval Office desk
As if it needed to be mentioned, it was Donald Trump himself who told Secretary Steve Mnuchin to get his name on the checks. After the IRS’s IT team received the fresh directive in design modification, Democrat Sen from Oregon Ron Wyden, also on the Finance Committee, condemned Trump’s move will hurt “millions of Americans struggling to pay the rent and put food on the table to feed his ego.”
It seems President Donald Trump is unable to see the United States of America’s fightback against the pandemic in any other light than upping his brand for the re-election bid. Furthermore, this isn’t the first time that Trump has consciously displayed displaced priorities in the fight. He downplayed the pandemic for a full month. He keeps undermining the warnings of experts.
Donald Trump has leveraged the need of the people for transparency into creating a campaign feature of daily mini election rallies, branded as Coronavirus task force briefings, full of misinformation and propaganda.
What matters during a crisis?
The question each Trump-supported needs to ask themselves – What should the priority of their leader be in this time of crisis? Shouldn’t Trump’s focus be on ensuring that the relief reaches to everyone who deserves without a second’s delay? Or should they come across as memorabilia for Trump 2020?
Furthermore, such a move by the President of the United States of America is quite the opposite of the protocol in fiscal matters. Trump has no legal authority to sign any relief checks. So forcing his name on the memo line of the check is a devious move that tells how President Trump sees the relief checks working in favor of his campaign.
Not only is this a new low of sorts, but concrete proof that no part of the White House’s coronavirus pandemic relief strategies move forward before Trump has witnessed it through the lens of the US Presidential Elections.
The Wartime President is perhaps preparing for a different war than the one affecting his people.