Stephen King says President Trump has set a 'horrible example' during the coronavirus pandemic

CNN’s Brian Stelter on Sunday, the author referenced his fantasy novel and expressed disbelief that leaders weren’t better prepared for a global health crisis.



“The fact that nobody really seemed prepared still mystifies me.”

despite some Florida beaches remaining open, of minimizing the coronavirus threat and backtracking on quarantine orders.

“It’s almost impossible to comprehend it in a way,” King, who has a home in Florida, said. “I remember back in the ‘70s when Republicans kind of laughed at Jimmy Carter as being indecisive and wishy-washy.

“The president we have now, and again Ron DeSantis here in Florida, the same way, these are supposed to be go-to-it guys, these are supposed to be the take-charge guy, it’s the guy you want in charge when something really goes wrong because they don’t waffle, they don’t wishy-washy.”

He added, “You had Trump at first saying, ‘Well, this isn’t really very serious, don’t worry, everything’s going to be OK,’ then when the stock market starts to die, when the reality of the thing hits home, he’s talking about, ‘Well, take it easy, really. This thing is going to be like a miracle, everything’s going to be OK by Easter and we’ll have the churches full.’

“And then a couple of days later he talks about a quarantine. Andrew Cuomo didn’t know about it, nobody really seemed to know, it just came out of his head.”

Of DeSantis, King said, “I’m not sure he’s ahead of the curve, I think he’s somewhere behind it. This whole situation is a little bit like the barn door has been locked but the horse was stolen, I’m going to say, 10 days ago.”

He claimed that many in Florida are disregarding the state’s social distancing guidelines, which he likened to Trump being crowded by lawmakers in the Oval Office while signing the coronavirus bailout bill.

“I have to say that there’s been a horrible example set from the top on down,” King said.

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