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Nowadays, defending President Donald Trump is like playing whack-a-mole — just as one inane criticism by the mainstream media is beat down with facts, another one pops up.

The most recent nitpicking has to do with the president’s comments expressing his desire to have the country reopened by Easter.

“I’d love to have it open by Easter,” Trump told Fox News host Bill Hemmer during a virtual town hall broadcast Tuesday. “I would love to have that. It’s such an important day for other reasons, but I’ll make it an important day for this too.”

Later that day, he said during the White House coronavirus media briefing, “I said earlier today that I hope we can do this by Easter. I think that would be a great thing for our country, and we’re all working very hard to make that a reality.”

As if on cue, the talking heads are popping up everywhere to take the president to task for supposedly being irresponsible.

Jimmy Kimmel, host of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and former co-host of “The Man Show,” which closed each episode with footage of half-naked girls jumping on trampolines, swooped in to give his expert opinion on Trump’s projected deadline.

In a segment of “Jimmy Kimmel’s Quarantine Minilogue,” Kimmel claimed the president “defied the so-called experts who say we’re in this for a while” and then replayed the footage of Trump clearly stating that he hoped to have the country opened by Easter.

“By Easter? That’s in two and a half weeks!” the ABC host said, feigning disbelief. “Even Jesus is like, ‘Jesus, calm down! Let’s think this through,’” he said, throwing in a little blasphemy for good measure.

“We’re all gonna die so the president can eat Peeps,” Kimmel said, purposely missing Trump’s point.

Predictably, The New York Times also published a hit piece that spun off into hysteria. “Public health officials were horrified by Mr. Trump’s statement, which threatened to send many Americans back into the public square just as the peak of the virus was expected,” it said.

For anyone who paid attention to what Trump actually said, however, he clearly wasn’t about to turn the entire U.S. population loose after so much effort to virtually quarantine the entire population.

Rather, he expressed a desire for a projected end date, echoing the hopes of many Americans who are concerned that drastic measures that are harming the economy might be worse than the illness.

Thankfully for Trump and for America, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a member of the White House’s coronavirus task force, understood that the president’s comment was an aspiration, not a declaration of what is to come.

“We talk to him about that, we say we need to be flexible, he realizes that, and he accepts that,” Fauci told Fox News’ Laura Ingraham on Wednesday. “He doesn’t want to give up his aspirational goal, but he’s flexible enough to say, ‘OK, let’s look at it on a day-by-day basis.’”

Between Trump’s use of the word “hope” and Fauci’s confirmation that the president is earnestly heeding the advice of his advisers, his detractors in the media look foolish.

It is important to home in on Fauci’s key statement that reveals what kind of leader the country has in Trump.

“Even though it looks like he’s made this absolute decision on something, he does have an open mind about it,” Fauci said in that same interview.

Despite the image the mainstream media has put forth about Trump being a bulldozer who disregards every opinion but his own, Fauci praised Trump for his flexibility and willingness to change his mind as the situation changes.

Like all great leaders, the president remains firm in his guiding principles while navigating and adapting to an ever-evolving situation. Meanwhile, his critics are stuck in their same, tired “never Trump” loop.

  • Dean Perry says:

    This pandemic won’t be over by Easter or the 4th of July… sorry, folks!
    It’s currently spreading fast in Florida and other Southern states.

    • Michael says:

      OK, Dr. Perry. Be sure to keep us posted.

    • Intellectual Impaler says:

      Dean isn’t it time for you to pull your head out of Obama’s ass? It’s been almost 4 years. And Obama hasn’t figured out a sequestration system for his methane production.

    • Intellectual Impaler says:

      Its coming from……. New Yorkers. Not only are they bringing their Liberal policies that they wanted to get away from to begin with, now they are bringing the Coronavirus with them.

      • Jimmy says:

        You’re right. It is coming from the filthy Jew vermin that we all hate so much. And Fauci does not bow to the President, so we don’t need him.

    • PattyTrish65 says:

      Why do y’all idiot leftist fucks move to the south, if we are so stupid and ignant? Is it because it’s much more inviting and beautiful? Or, is it that taxes are less, quality of life is far better, cleaner, friendlier, you get more house for far less?

    • Ed says:

      Please try to keep up with reality.

  • ed says:

    Anyone who can read can see that the President did not declare the country open by Easter. He said he “hoped” it would. Of course, the left sees what it wants.

  • LST says:

    Asshole liberals need to not only hear what Trump says, but LISTEN and understand. Dumb fucks, doing and hoping are two different species. Trump HOPES it will be by Easter, it does NOT mean it will happen. Stupidity ought to be a crime.

    • Jimmy says:

      Who cares what Trump hopes? He hopes he can steal billions. He hopes he can sleep with his daughter and get away with it. He hopes that anyone who does not bow to him suffers.

      Trump is a disaster. A sick pig. A malignant narcissist.

      • Fred Sheehan says:

        Jimmy! Is it really you? Please provide us with the link to your paper concerning how to respond to the current pandemic and prevent them from occurring in the future. We could really use your help.

      • Ed says:

        Jimmy, you once again remind us of the real “sickness” that has overcome so many Americans. And this one has no cure.

  • Fred Sheehan says:

    Has Jimmy Kimmel ever done anything of value in his life? I will look for a bio. …………………………………………………………………………………………………. The answer is, “No.”

  • Guy says:

    We need to end this. The numbers don’t match the measures taken. There are 350,000,000 people 466,000 infected that’s.1/10% of the population 17,000 of those died that’s 3%. They destroyed an economy that will take at least another decade to fully recover, barring any further disruptions. That’s Beyond foolish. Millions will suffer for a long time to come.There has to be a political agenda behind this.
    Fouci either lied or he’s a complete idiot. He needs to be replaced.

  • CF