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Reprinted with permission from Alternet

During the White House coronavirus briefing on Friday, President Donald Trump gave a bizarre and uninspiring response when a reporter pressed him on the supply of ventilators in the United States.

“Are you able to guarantee, to assure, these states, these hospitals, that everyone who needs a ventilator will get a ventilator?” asked ABC News’ Jonathan Karl.

“I think we’re in really good shape,” Trump replied. “This is a pandemic the likes of which nobody’s seen before. I think we’re in great shape.”

He added that the administration is “prepared to do vast numbers” of ventilators and he “hopes that’s the case.” He said “hopes” the United States will have “leftovers” that it can give to other countries in need.

But Karl pushed forward since Trump didn’t answer his question.

“Everbody who needs one will be able to get one?” Karl asked.

“Don’t be a cutie pie! OK?” Trump said in response. “‘Everyone who needs one,’” he repeated mockingly.

“It’s a fundamental question!” Karl shot back.

Trump went on to brag about his administration’s performance during the crisis, even as the outbreak has spiraled out of control. He also, as usual, tried to blame previous administrations for not being prepared enough, even though the Obama team had extensive planning and infrastructure in place to respond to pandemics which Trump tore down or ignored.

Democratic nominee Joe Biden speaking in Manitowoc, WI

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Today in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, Joe Biden spoke about the toll of coronavirus, which has now officially passed 200,000. "What worries me now is we've been living with this pandemic for so long, I worry we're risking becoming numb to the toll that it's taken on us," the Democratic nominee warned. "We can't let that happen."

How did that happen? How did America lose 200,000 people to a horrendous death, with no end in sight? That tragedy can be traced directly to a vacuum of leadership in the White House, as Biden remarked. But he also saw behind that lack of presidential fortitude to its deeper cause: Donald Trump simply never cared how many of us die and he still doesn't. The evidence is in Trump's own behavior at his "superspreader rallies" – where he always protects himself while leaving his own followers to risk illness and worse.

Watch Biden describe the moral emptiness inside this president.