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Donald Trump Wants Americans to Remain Hopeful About the Economy

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By Ben Robinson III

If you're a Millennial, or even a member of Generation X, you will recognize that, outside of the tragedy of 9/11, there has never been a time like this in our collective history. As a nation, we are being asked to stay away from one another and greatly limit our outdoor activity in an attempt to stop the spread of the dangerous COVID-19 coronavirus. Everywhere you go, businesses are closed, lines formed inside of the ones that are open require six feet of distance, and morale is at an all-time low.

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Other than being unified with our resolve to get through this pandemic together another thing that unites us is our confusion in regard to the leadership of our current administration. Donald Trump, the dude in the White House, has been exhibiting very questionable behavior. One minute he provides information that seems pertinent. Then at other times his leadership falls short of making Americans feel like things are going to work in our favor. It's all a very disheartening roller coaster ride of emotions.

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One of the unfortunate byproducts of the COVID-19 coronavirus is widespread racism being hurled against the Asian community, perhaps because of Trump referring to COVID-19 as a "Chinese virus" at one time. There have been a few attacks against Asian Americans as a result, and Trump did speak out on the matter. During a press conference on Monday (via the White House's website) Trump said;

It’s very important that we totally protect our Asian American community in the United States and all around the world. They’re amazing people, and the spreading of the virus is not their fault in any way, shape, or form. They’re working closely with us to get rid of it. We will prevail together. It’s very important.

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In the midst of such troubling times it's important to keep hope alive, which is difficult while we're facing so much uncertainty. People are losing their jobs and the outlook for the economy is very grim. However, Trump is attempting to alleviate fears by telling Americans that everything should return to normal by Easter Sunday. Fox News reports that White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham relayed Trump's thoughts about the situation in a statement, and apparently he's feeling the pinch of being under self quarantine as well.

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“I think he would love it if we were open up for business yesterday. After the 15 days, when we see the data come in, we’ll see where we’re at and I think the president will make his decision now, but he is hopeful,” Grisham told “Fox & Friends.”

Grisham continued.

“I imagine a lot of people want to try to get out here and get back to work as long as they’re social distancing. We’ll see what happens once the 15 days go past and we’ve got new data sets.”

The rest of the world is staying indoors and attempting to flatten the curve. As we continue with our new normal perhaps it would be best if we follow their example and try not to rush through the process. We don't want to become the example of what not to do.

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