Trump at least 15 times announced that nCoV would disappear, despite the fact that Covid-19 still spread throughout the United States, causing nearly 100,000 deaths.
“It will magically disappear one day,” US President Donald Trump announced on February 27. The White House boss then repeated this as a spell. The last time he said nCoV would disappear was on May 15.
Despite Trump’s predictions, nCoV has not disappeared, but continues to spread rapidly, making the US the largest epidemic in the world, with more than 1.6 million infections and more than 96,000 deaths. Pandemic has occurred in more than 210 countries and territories, causing nearly 5.2 million people infected and nearly 335,000 deaths worldwide.
Trump’s reaction and the predictions he made about Covid-19 always seem to be contrary to the actual situation. But Trump biographers said that a long time ago, he had learned to create a realistic version of himself, from an inappropriate place to the church.
It’s called the “power of positive thinking” and Trump learned this lesson from the person he saw as his teacher, Norman Vincent Peale, a pastor in Manhattan. “He thought I was his best student,” Trump once said.
Analyst Daniel Burke CNN said that the power of positive thinking has accompanied Trump in a long way, overcome many business failures and won the US President seat. Trump always believed that Pastor Peale, who died in 1993, and positive thinking helped him through difficult times.
“I don’t let myself get caught up in negative thoughts no matter what, even if all the signs are bad,” Trump said in the early 1990s, when his casinos were losing money and paying off. debt up to billions of dollars.
But in a global health crisis like Covid-19, positive thinking can bring negative results. “The fact that President Trump is convinced that the pandemic will disappear is not only an unacceptably odd idea, but also a dangerous inference,” says Christopher Lane, author of the book “Rise. of faith: Norman Vincent Peale and the reconstruction of American religious life “, said.
The Trump family claims to be followers of the Presbyterian Church, but can be called exactly Peale’s followers. Every Sunday, Donald Trump’s father often drove his family from Queens to Pastor Peale’s Marble Collegiate church in Manhattan.
The church with centuries-old history is still very familiar with the Trump family. His parents’ funeral was held at Marble Collegiate, and Pastor Peale also presided over Trump’s wedding with Ivana at this church in 1977. It is also the venue for the marriage of two siblings of Trump.
The presidential biographers say the motivation for all that is Pastor Peale, who helped bring entrepreneurs like the Trump family to the status of American capitalists. Known as the “God of Entrepreneurs,” Peale has written many self-help books (a guide to self-improvement and personal problems), including “The Power of Self. positive “, the book sold millions of copies.
Pastor Peale has attracted many followers, but has also faced harsh criticism from Christians. But that guy Donald Trump was really fascinated.
“He gave me a positive feeling about God, made me have positive thoughts about myself,” Trump wrote in “Great Again,” one of his books.
Pastor Peale introduced his sermon with light psychological concepts. Guilt will be thrown away and replaced with “spiritual supporters”, “energy liberation thoughts”, or “7 simple steps” to live happily.
“Attitude is always more important than reality,” Pastor Peale once said in a sermon.
To this day, Trump is surrounded by people like Peale, and the closest of them is Pastor Paula White, adviser to the White House’s Faith and Opportunity Initiative and also the heir to the Peale’s positive attitude.
“If you decree and declare something, it will come true,” White said during a prayer ceremony at the Rose Garden in the White House earlier this month. “I declare that the release of Covid-19 will be no longer delayed. Treatment and vaccinations will no longer be delayed.”
White’s “positive thinking” is to turn every situation into a “victory”, even when reality proves otherwise.
“Positive thinking can help people focus on one’s goals and personality, but it needs real-world validation and realism,” says Lane.
“Sometimes you have to face the fact that you have failed and need to change. But for Peale, change is not an option. He teaches that self-doubt is sin before God.” , Lane said.
Michael D’Antonio, the biography of the President of the United States, shared Peale’s philosophy of not accepting defeat as evident in Trump angrily answering a reporter’s question about the response to Covid-19. “To him, the guilt does not seem to exist,” D’Antonio said.
This is one of the reasons Trump doesn’t accept criticism or admit any mistakes. “That will break his positive ball, not the protection of his image,” D’Antonio said.
Despite the mistakes in the US government’s initial response to the epidemic, Trump has never acknowledged this. Even when asked about his assessment of the reaction of the US administration in mid-March, Trump said, “I gave 10 points. I think we did very well.”
Thanh Tam (Follow CNN)