President Donald Trump cavalierly said the United States’ staggering death toll from the coronavirus “is what it is” in his disastrous interview with Jonathan Swan.
The reason Trump’s interview with Swan was a disaster of biblical proportions is simply because the Axios reporter didn’t allow the liar-in-chief to get away with nonsensical statements and outlandish lies. Any interviewer worth his salt must be prepared to fact check the president in real time and not allow him to dodge a question by going off on a stream-of-consciousness diatribe that bears no relation to the question.
“Is what it is” perfectly captures Trump’s dark soul, he has no empathy for the millions of Americans infected with the coronavirus and for the thousands of families who have buried victims from the disease.
Most sociopaths at least fake empathy in order to blend in with polite society, but Trump is so confident that his base will vote for him even if he acts like a soulless monster, that he doesn’t even make the effort to fake empathy.
“Is what it is” also exposes Trump’s ignorance of the coronavirus, how it spreads and how it can be contained. The stable genius just shrugs in surrender, and utters “It is what it is.” Trump is totally unqualified intellectually, morally and spiritually to deal with a pandemic that has destroyed our economy and killed tens of thousands of Americans.
I imagine the Biden campaign is already producing commercials with the tagline: Is what it is. When Trump loses in a landslide, I imagine there will be millions exclaiming: Oh Well, It is what it is!