David Brooks says ‘sociopath’ Trump angering the nation with coronavirus response

March 2020

Zachary Halaschak

New York Times columnist David Brooks said President Trump is bungling the federal government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

While comparing the situation to the government’s response to Hurricane Katrina, which was widely criticized, Brooks called Trump a “sociopath.”

“I feel a deep sense of anger that our government has responded so badly,” he said on PBS News Hour. “Frankly, this is what happens when you elect a sociopath as president, who doesn’t care, who’s treated this whole thing for the past month as if it’s about him.”

Brooks said Trump has not “done the normal things that a normal human being would do” and recommended the president focus more on listening to his advisers instead of worrying about the stock market.

“He’s even created an information distortion field around him,” Brooks said, later adding, “We’ve got a dysfunctional process at the heart of the administration at a time of great national crisis.”

As of Sunday morning, at least 2,759 people have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, and 59 people have died from the pandemic in the United States, according to the New York Times. Worldwide there are 155,000 cases and almost 6,000 deaths.