As President Trump announced plans to leave Walter Reed hospital and head back to the White House, where he’ll be under intense medical monitoring, he played the coronavirus conquering hero, telling a nation that has suffered more than 210,000 deaths from the deadly pathogen, “Don’t be afraid of Covid" and “Don’t let it dominate your life.”
The disgusting insensitivity toward Americans who have had COVID ravage their lives and steal their loved ones in no small part due to his own dangerous advice and example is whistling past miles of graveyards.
Of course, this kind of dangerous irresponsibility is precisely what we’ve come to expect since Trump announced his own COVID-19 diagnosis — and gained the chance, a month before the election, to powerfully demonstrate how best to behave and contain the virus’ spread.
He did the opposite. Despite feeling unwell, and despite having learned beforehand that a close aide had tested positive, he traveled to a New Jersey fundraiser, potentially exposing more than 200 people to the virus.
Sunday, the president endangered the lives of Secret Service agents protecting him, exposing them to his exhalations of viral particles when they rode alongside him in his sealed presidential SUV, all so he could wave to his supporters standing outside.
All the while, his physician, who should be rechristened Spin Dr. Sean Conley, failed and failed and failed again to deliver plain, unvarnished facts to the public. Monday, he refused to say when Trump’s last negative COVID test had been — information the public needs to know — and said federal health privacy law prevented him from sharing any details on the presidents’ lung scans.
Trump’s cavalier attitude toward a deadly disease, one that’s upended the global economy, has already contributed to unimaginable American carnage. Now he’s become irresponsibility incarnate.
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