Noah noted that getting back to normal in the first place will be a long and complicated process, with experts warning that if people return to work too soon, it could spark a second wave of COVID-19 cases over the summer. Trump has said he plans to base his decision on a lot of “facts” and “instincts,” prompting Noah to crack, “This is the same guy whose instincts told him to look directly into the sun during an eclipse.”
Beyond leading him to potential retina damage, Noah added that Trump’s instincts have been wrong on coronavirus from the start. In the absence of federal leadership, though, America’s governors have stepped up to implement lockdowns, and now states on the West and East coasts have formed pacts to figure out how and when to re-open their economies.
“This is truly a brilliant idea,” Noah said, before deadpanning, “In fact, when I think about it, all the states should just join up. All the states should join up and they should work in unison with each other. They could call it, ‘The Together States in America.’ God damn, that’s brilliant, I gotta write that down!”
Unsurprisingly, Trump was not pleased about these multistate pacts, telling reporters that only he had the authority to to re-open the American economy. In turn, Noah replied, “Throughout this crisis, Trump has been pushing responsibility onto the governors at every opportunity — find your own ventilators, negotiate for your own PPE, you tell citizens to stay at home, that’s not my job. But now that it’s getting close to that time when America might be re-opening the economy, all of a sudden he’s like, ‘Me! Me! I get to push the button!’ But the truth is, Donald, if you’re not there for the battle, you don’t get to lead the victory parade.”