Trump views himself as a great wartime leader like Churchill or FDR
At "war" with the pandemic virus.
Delusions of grandeur!
"President Donald Trump on Thursday compared himself to Winston Churchill as he defended his decision to lie to the American people about the dangers posed by the novel coronavirus in the early weeks of the outbreak.
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Later he told a campaign rally in Freeland, Michigan: "As the British government advised the British people in the face of World War II, keep calm and carry on. That's what I did."
The president continued: "When Hitler was bombing London, Churchill, great leader, would oftentimes go to a roof in London and speak. He always spoke with confidence. He said we have to show calmness. Nah, we did it the right way."
Trump seemed to be conflating episodes in which Churchill watched Nazi bombs drop on London from the rooftops of government buildings in Westminster and the prime minister's wartime addresses to the British people.
Critics were incredulous at the comparison Trump drew between himself and Churchill by pointing out that while Churchill sought to build the country's morale amid attacks from Nazi Germany, the prime minister was bluntly honest about the dangers and hardship Britain faced.
What Churchill actually said: "We are in the preliminary stage of one of the greatest battles in history... I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat. We have before us an ordeal of the most grievous kind... many, many long months of struggle and of suffering."
Trump also invoked President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's quote "The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself," which Roosevelt said during his 1933 inaugural address as America struggled through the Great Depression.
"America will prevail over the China virus," Trump said, using a racist nickname for the coronavirus. "As Franklin Delano Roosevelt said: 'The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.' We do it very well."
Roosevelt, however, had used that line in a speech that also stressed the importance of being honest in tackling national crises.
"This is preeminently the time to speak the truth, the whole truth, frankly and boldly," he said at the time. "Nor need we shrink from honestly facing conditions in our country today."
I don't think he will succeed in "borrowing" any glory from those two great leaders, no matter how many quotes he borrows from them. He just reminds us by how much he fails to come up to their standards.