Appearing on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Wednesday, former Secretary of State John Kerry questioned President Donald Trump’s leadership.
Kerry suggested that instead of being a true leader, Trump was “playing out an election strategy” and “attacking governors” and the media in a way no other president has.
Kerry Says Trump is Putting Politics Before the Pandemic
“Look, the truth is, and everybody in America, I think, is beginning to come to understand that this president is not leading now, he’s playing out an election strategy,” Kerry stated. “He’s more focused on getting the economy moving before all the experts say you ought to be putting people back together in close quarters again and without the adequate rules by which people will be required to behave, and certainly, without the adequate testing that other countries are doing.
John Kerry had his chance and blew it.
— Marc (@Proven_Right) April 22, 2020
“I think Mike Barnicle, a moment ago, listed the countries, almost 20 countries or more. I mean, most of the countries dealing with this crisis at a high level are doing better than the United States of America on testing,” Kerry said, referring to earlier comments from MSNBC’s Mike Barnicle. “And the truth is, you cannot get us back to real normal. You cannot get the economy churning at the rate it wants to and needs to unless American citizens have confidence when they come back to the workplace. And they won’t today.”
Kerry continued, “You’re not going to fill restaurants, and you’re not going to get people out there when the medical experts are saying, you know, it’s not safe to do it yet. And the president is not heeding that.”
“He’s not leading,” Kerry insisted. “The fact that he’s attacking governors, he’s attacking members of the media. I mean, these rallies that he has on TV may appeal to his base, but watching a president of the United States engage in such extraordinary behavior in direct insults to people who are just calmly sitting there asking a question is stunning.”
Who Kerry Thinks Makes a Better Leader Than Trump Should Make Anyone Question His Judgement
We already know who Kerry does think has superior leadership skills: Joe Biden.
Former Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday endorsed Joe Biden for president in the 2020 race, saying the former vice president has the character and leadership skills to beat President Donald Trump. https://t.co/03zYmu73l7
— CNN (@CNN) December 5, 2019
Kerry believes Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez also has more leadership skills than the President.
Sec. John Kerry: “Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez has in fact offered more leadership in one day or in one week than President Trump has in his lifetime on [climate].”
Honored and humbled.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) April 9, 2019
Kerry told MSNBC, “I’ve never seen any president, Republican or Democrat alike behave like that. So, it may be entertaining as a reality show, but it has no relationship whatsoever to presidential leadership.”
“And that’s what Americans are judging now to a greater degree,” he finished.