I’m trying to organize my thoughts concerning the president’s Covid19 diagnosis and the explosion of cases in his wake.
Right now, my mind is a piece of poster board, with words cut out from magazines, pasted haphazardly all over it.
The words from my better angels are things like compassion, concern, worry, and sympathy.
But unfortunately, my better angels are being drowned out by another, not so angelic feeling.
I am furious with the president of the United States.
I am furious that on February 7th, during a phone conversation with journalist Bob Woodward, he stated that the coronavirus was airborne and “more deadly than even your strenuous flus.”
On February 26, the president said, “Whatever happens, we’re totally prepared.” And, “In fact, we’ve ordered a lot of it (PPE) just in case we need it. We may not need it; you understand that. But in case—we’re looking at worst-case scenario. We’re going to be set very quickly.”
Months later, the Associated Press did an audit of contracting records and found that, “federal agencies largely waited until mid-March to begin placing bulk orders of (supplies).”
And although the White House had known for almost two months how serious this virus is, on February 28 he declares, “This is their new hoax” referring to Democrats who he says are “politicizing the coronavirus.”
Politicizing the coronavirus.
In what Trump later excuses as an attempt to not cause panic, on March 4, he states, “So if, you know, we have thousands or hundreds of thousands of people that get better just by, you know, sitting around and even going to work—some of them go to work, but they get better.” CDC and other scientists have consistently warned against going to work while ill. He later denies downplaying the situation, and insists he “up-played” it.
Finally, on March 16, the president seems to admit the danger the nation is facing, “This is a bad one. This is a very bad one. This is bad in the sense that it’s so contagious. It’s just so contagious. Sort of, record-setting-type contagion.”
One week later, “We have to go back to work, much sooner than people thought.”
But on April 4, he says, “During a national emergency, it’s just essential that the federal decision-makers cut through the fog of confusion in order to follow the facts and the science.”
Follow the facts and science.
On April 17, the president tweets, “Liberate Michigan!”. He also urges Virginia and Minnesota to reopen. All three states are helmed by Democratic governors.
He spends the next few months sidelining and belittling scientists and epidemiologists while promoting medical advice from a bedding salesman and an MD who believes in magic.
In early August during an interview for HBO, Trump states, in response to the shocking number of deaths, ‘They’re dying…it is what it is’
On October 2, after months of modeling disdain to American citizens for crucial mitigation advice, while simultaneously paying it phony lip service, the president announces he and the First Lady have Covid19.
So now, our president has it. It’s unnerving that the nation’s leader has a potentially fatal infection.
I am grief-stricken and outraged at the path of death, destruction, and hate-filled division he has sown throughout this country.
I’ve written for newspapers for almost a decade and have never endorsed any causes except kindness, humor, and birthday cake. But this country is in grave danger. So, I am begging you Gentle Reader; while we still have a chance, vote this deceitful, narcissistic bully out of office.
Four more years of this person will irreparably pervert the heart of what makes us, us.
Thanks for your time.
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.