The press and the media are overwhelmed with reports of President Trump’s diagnosis with covid-19. Many of those around him and, especially those who attended his Rose Garden nomination of Barrett for the Supreme Court, have also contracted the disease. I’m sure many more infections will be confirmed within the next two weeks.
We shouldn’t be surprised. Trump and his supporters have dismissed the pandemic and ignored the warning of scientists about distancing, masks, and avoidance of crowds. It was almost as if they were going out of their way to dare the disease to attack them. We should have seen this coming.
The White House and presidential staff offered conflicting reports about when Trump was diagnosed. Trump’s physician failed to provide critical details including whether Trump was ever on oxygen. Only later did a “senior official” confirm that Trump had been given oxygen at the White House before his trip to Walter Reed National Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.
My greatest concern is that the American people will be so taken with the specter of Trump struck down by the virus that they will be moved to support him. We need to divorce our sympathy for the ill from our support for a budding fascist who has threatened to hold onto the presidency even if defeated in the election.
The president and the first lady will almost certainly worsen as the disease progresses. Let us send our best wishes while holding fast to our determination to defeat the worst president the U.S. has ever seen.