Press, The Presidential Pivot Has Finally Happened. No, It’s Not His “New Tone”. It’s His New Test.

Lu Hanessian
Breakthrough
Published in
7 min readJul 28, 2020

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Armed paramilitary troops invading cities and suburbs. Tear gas attacks on peaceful protesters. Grabbing civilians off the street and into unmarked vans. We’ve turned a dangerous corner. Testing, testing...

Lu Hanessian, MSc

Photo by Panos Sakalakis on Unsplash

It’s old news by now. This president and his administration have waged war on this country. Ask doctors and nurses who call their hospitals battle zones. Ask emergency workers who are suffering from PTSD. Ask the families of health care workers who have died in action, who treat COVID patients every day. Ask the medical personnel left unprotected by this administration’s refusal to provide adequate equipment when they need it most.

Ask teachers who are being pressured to return to schools with invisible pathogens and no guardrails. Ask governors who are being given ultimatums: open schools or say goodbye to your funding. Ask blue-state governors who have been fighting for testing and PPE since March to no avail.

Over the last five months, this president has turned the deadliest contagion to hit this country in a hundred years into a catastrophe — and a spectacle. He doesn’t do any of this in a vacuum or alone. He needs his team players, a platform, camera crews, sound, producers…

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Lu Hanessian
Breakthrough

Adjunct Professor, Journalist, Former NBC Network Anchor/Discovery Health Channel Host, Host & Exec Producer of “The Foreseeable Now” podcast.