How’s that health care plan coming along?
The Lincoln Project has recently issued a video about U.S. President Donald Trump’s health care plan. Actually, the video doesn’t cover specifics of Trump’s healthcare plan per se. Instead, it is a compilation of clips of him stating on multiple occasions that his administration would come up with a health care plan. What’s multiple? How about over 15 times? The first time was in January 2017. The second time was in February 2017, when he said that the healthcare plan would be released “fairly soon.” And the third time, well, just look at the video accompanying the following tweet:
As you can see, the last clip in the video was from this month, October 2020, when Trump said that his healthcare plan would be announced “very soon.” That means three years and approximately eight months since he said “soon” first in the compilation, he is still saying “very soon.” That’s approximately 60 Scaramuccis later, give or take a Scaramucci or two. Does this kind of change the meaning of the statement, “I’ll call you back very soon” or “I’ll do the dishes very soon” or “I’ll be back with something to extinguish the flames very soon, since your hair is on fire?”
Now the @ProjectLincoln Twitter handle is not to be confused with the @lincolnproject Twitter handle. The @lincolnproject is the Lincoln Project that produced a children’s book entitled Abraham Lincoln Puts On His Hat, back in 2010. The @ProjectLincoln is the Lincoln Project political action committee, formed near the end of 2019 by a group of Republicans with the primary goal of preventing the re-election of Trump as President. If you try to contact one Lincoln Project when you meant the other, you may find that they are very different very soon. And in this case, very soon doesn’t mean over three and a half years.
Speaking of very soon, the phrase “turn the corner” means “pass a milestone or critical point, begin to recover,” according dictionary.com. This kind of implies that things will get better very soon. Well, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah has just issued their own compilation of Trump statements. In this case, the video entitled “Trump Doesn’t Understand How Corners Work” featured Trump saying over and over again that the Covid-19 coronavirus will “turn the corner” or “round the corner” or something similar throughout much of 2020. Here it is:
As you can see, the first time he said “around the corner” was February 14 of this year. Fast forward a bunch of mentions of the corner, and it will get you to yesterday, October 23, when he claimed that “we are entering the final turn and approaching the light at the end of the tunnel.” Now a tunnel with a really sharp corner could be quite dangerous but a corner that takes eight months and counting to go around is a freaking huge corner.
Are we really finally “turning the corner” on the Covid-19 coronavirus? Maybe, if by turning the corner you mean potentially moving into something worse, as former Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Tom Frieden tweeted:
I have already written for Forbes about why and how the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic could get even worse in the coming months. As you can see by the definition, “turning the corner” usually means moving into something better. You typically don’t tell your significant other, “our relationship has turned the corner. I am going to be a real toilet bowl in a dumpster fire very soon.”
Of course, the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic could turn the corner in a positive way very soon, if by very soon you mean sometime in the next three years and eight months.
Source: Forbes – Business