Alternate title: “Denizens of Hollywood Say the Dumbest Things Redux.”
Yesterday, LU noted that actor Daniel Dae Kim, who has tested positive for COVID-19, told his Instagram followers “I did not get it from China, I got in America, in New York City.”
Kim is not the only Tinseltowner to say something idiotic about the coronavirus or its impact on daily life in the U.S., where an estimated 75 million Americans are self-quarantining in their homes. Whoopi Goldberg, host of ABC’s “The View” and currently one of those 75 million Americans, said via Skype, according to the Washington Exminer:
The interesting thing about all of this is whatever channel you’re watching, you’re still watching from home. You’re watching from inside your house. Because a pandemic has happened, and you are stuck, and whatever side you’re on, you understand that when you have leadership, you would not — you would not be stuck in your house. [Emphasis added]
Like Kim, Goldberg’s comment is a thinly veiled shot at Donald Trump.
So who does Goldberg would be a better leader during this unprecedented crisis? Certainly not Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte of Italy, whose entire country is under a government-imposed quarantine. In fact, there are very few countries left that aren’t in the same point to a great or lesser degree as the U.S. On Friday, police in Quebec City arrested a woman who was infected with the virus and who was walking around outside after being ordered to stay indoors. Similar scenarios are playing out all over the planet.
Goldberg might find it even more enlightening to learn that she is in the minority of Americans when it comes to assessing the president’s leadership during the coronovirus crisis. According to a new Ipsos/ABC News poll 55% say they approve of Trump’s handling of the situation while while 43% say they don’t.