Jolly, speaking to MSNBC’s Nicole Wallace on Tuesday, likened Trump’s February claim that the number of cases in the U.S. would soon fall from 15 to “close to zero” to President George W. Bush’s misguided 2005 assertion that then-FEMA chief Michael Brown was “doing a heck of a job” tackling the fallout from Hurricane Katrina.
More than 1,000 people in the U.S. have now been sickened by the coronavirus outbreak. It has killed 31 people nationwide.
“It was that moment where he can’t take it back,” said Jolly, a GOP congressman from 2014 to 2017.
“And whether it’s incompetence or not, what Donald Trump doesn’t realize in this moment is the American people are fearful,” he continued. “He is not providing leadership, in fact he is asking for people to accept his grievance that he is not getting a fair shake.”
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Earlier in the interview, Jolly noted how “sometimes leadership means not getting out in front of a story but simply reassuring the American people.”
“I think we’re all wondering if we’re living through the week where this is the turning point,” he added. “The markets saw the turning point last week and yesterday our American families now seeing the turning point.”
“And what the country’s asking for is a president who can calm not just the markets, but calm their fears,” Jolly suggested. “Bill Clinton built part of his political narrative by saying, ‘I feel your pain.’ Donald Trump is asking the nation to feel his and it is a weird leadership quality in a moment of crisis.”