Remind you of anyone? Oh, I don't know... maybe....
I'm just saying.
If my predictions are right, today is the day Donald Trump becomes the new "Teflon Don." Why? Because the universe just works that way. On this day in 1992, the mobster boss John Gotti who had been called the "Dapper Don" because he had gotten away with crimes all his life, became the "Teflon don" when a jury found him guilty and he was proven to not be "untouchable." Devastating testimony from Gambino underboss turned FBI snitch Salvatore "Sammy the Bull" Gravano, as well as incriminating taped conversations, scratched right through the Teflon surface, resulting in Gotti's conviction on 13 counts, including murder and racketeering, and a life sentence.
So keep your eyes on the news today, especially the New Teflon Don's Covid-19 briefing where the truth is scratching through our president's Teflon exhistance. As of today, 5366 Americans have died of the Covid-19 virus, more than any other country in the world. And all because until a week ago, Teflon Don said it was a hoax.
That's right, until now the news hasn't printed the truth about Teflon Don. Now they have to. Those of us who follow the teachings of Nichiren know that until now we were given the "transient manifestation" of Teflon Don's presidency. Now, however, we are seeing the "true reality" of the Teflon Don's presidency. The SGI president explains it this way:
"Let's say a fire takes place. The fire itself is the 'true reality,' and the article in the newspaper about the fire is the 'transient manifestation' of that reality."
So the "transient manifestation" of Trump's response to the Covid-19 crisis is that he banned people from coming from China on January 31, and this action prevented deaths from the virus in the USA. Teflon Don says this false claim every day. It's not true! Americans were still coming and going as they wished without any restrictions, test, or quarantines.
The "true reality" is in the statements Teflon Don has made in his own publicized words:
Jan. 22: “We have it totally under control. It’s one person coming in from China. We have it under control. It’s going to be just fine.”
Jan. 30: “We think we have it very well under control. We have very little problem in this country at this moment — five — and those people are all recuperating successfully. But we’re working very closely with China and other countries, and we think it’s going to have a very good ending for us … that I can assure you.”
Feb. 10: “Now, the virus that we’re talking about having to do — you know, a lot of people think that goes away in April with the heat — as the heat comes in. Typically, that will go away in April. We’re in great shape though. We have 12 cases — 11 cases, and many of them are in good shape now.”
Feb. 14: “There’s a theory that, in April, when it gets warm — historically, that has been able to kill the virus. So we don’t know yet; we’re not sure yet. But that’s around the corner.”
Feb. 23: “We have it very much under control in this country.”
Feb. 24: “The Coronavirus is very much under control in the USA. We are in contact with everyone and all relevant countries. CDC & World Health have been working hard and very smart. Stock Market starting to look very good to me!”
Feb. 26: “So we’re at the low level. As they get better, we take them off the list, so that we’re going to be pretty soon at only five people. And we could be at just one or two people over the next short period of time. So we’ve had very good luck.”
Feb. 26: “And again, when you have 15 people, and the 15 within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero, that’s a pretty good job we’ve done.”
Feb. 26: “I think every aspect of our society should be prepared. I don’t think it’s going to come to that, especially with the fact that we’re going down, not up. We’re going very substantially down, not up.”
Feb. 27: “It’s going to disappear. One day — it’s like a miracle — it will disappear.”
Feb. 28: "It's a Democratic Hoax!" -- on the eve of the first Covid-19 death in the USA.
Feb. 29: “And I’ve gotten to know these professionals. They’re incredible. And everything is under control. I mean, they’re very, very cool. They’ve done it, and they’ve done it well. Everything is really under control.”
March 4: “[W]e have a very small number of people in this country [infected]. We have a big country. The biggest impact we had was when we took the 40-plus people [from a cruise ship]. … We brought them back. We immediately quarantined them. But you add that to the numbers. But if you don’t add that to the numbers, we’re talking about very small numbers in the United States.”
March 4: “Well, I think the 3.4% is really a false number.” — Trump in an interview on Fox News, referring to the percentage of diagnosed COVID-19 patients worldwide who had died, as reported by the World Health Organization.
March 7: “No, I’m not concerned at all. No, we’ve done a great job with it.”
March 9: “So last year 37,000 Americans died from the common Flu. It averages between 27,000 and 70,000 per year. Nothing is shut down, life & the economy go on. At this moment there are 546 confirmed cases of CoronaVirus, with 22 deaths. Think about that!”
March 10: “And we’re prepared, and we’re doing a great job with it. And it will go away. Just stay calm. It will go away.”
A day later, on March 11, the WHO declared the global outbreak a pandemic.