Prominent figures react with horror to Trump’s vicious tirade at Peter Alexander


Prominent figures around the nation erupted in a chorus of disgust and criticism today after President Trump blew his top at an NBC reporter for daring to ask him to address the millions of frightened Americans looking for leadership and reassurance in a time of uncertainty and crisis.

“I say that you are a terrible reporter. That’s what I say…you’re doing sensationalism. And the same with NBC and Comcast. I don’t call it Comcast. I call it ‘Con-Cast,” jeered the President at Peter Alexander and his “nasty question” in a tense confrontation during today’s coronavirus press conference.

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It was an appalling show of unhinged vitriol and an astonishing abdication of leadership from our ostensible commander-in-chief. Trump is clearly well aware of the role his deliberate neglect played in exacerbating the crisis, which in his mind implicitly frames any kind of discussion of its tangible consequences as an indictment of his presidency — which it is. Since any criticism or blame is utterly anathema to the hypersensitive Trump, his decaying brain could only respond with spiteful venom.

Trump fired America’s pandemic response team. Demand he reassemble it to confront the coronavirus pandemic immediately!

Politicians, intellectuals, and media figures alike took to social media this afternoon to share their astonishment at the president’s refusal to show any kind of leadership and the implications of his astounding incompetence.


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Natalie Dickinson

Natalie is a staff writer for the Washington Press. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2010 and has been freelance blogging and writing for progressive outlets ever since.