The coronavirus has come to the White House.
Katie Miller — wife of top Trump aide Stephen Miller, and Pence’s press secretary — has tested positive for COVID-19.
And naturally, Trump played it off.
She’s a wonderful young woman, Katie, she tested very good for a long period of time. And then all of the sudden today she tested positive. She hasn’t come into contact with me. She’s spent some time with the vice president.
Just one month ago, top aides at the White House swore that Trump was taking the threat of COVID-19 seriously. Maybe now, he actually will.
On February 24, 2020, Trump tweeted that the coronavirus was controlled. He thanked the CDC and the World Health Organization for their hard work. And he bizarrely said the stock market was doing well. (He would later defund the World Health Organization, blaming them for the coronavirus outbreak.)
Then, one day later, Trump tweeted the New York senator Chuck Schumer was “cryin'” because he requested more COVID-19 aide. He claimed Schumer just wanted “publicity.”
The day after that, Trump tweeted that the “Do-Nothing Democrats” and the “Fake News” were exaggerating the coronavirus threat. And the day after that, he thanked Fox News for implying that COVID-19 was a hoax.
By the end of February, Trump was crying victim. He claimed that he was being falsely blamed for not taking the coronavirus threat seriously.
And then, on March 9th, 2020, he tweeted that the CDC and the “Fake News” media were “conspiring” with Democrats to over-blow the coronavirus situation.
And there’s just one question we have to ask, in response to all this back-and-forth madness: really, sir?
Even though the projected models of COVID-19 aren’t panning out, the threat of the virus is very real.
As of this writing, there are more than 1.2 million people who tested positive for coronavirus in the United States. Of that number, there are more than 25,000 new cases a day. More than 73,000 people have died from COVID-19. And there are about 2,400 new deaths per day.
That makes the coronavirus more deadly than the common flu.
Yet, according to films like Plandemic, the virus is little more than a political ploy. COVID-19 has somehow become conflated with Bill Gates’ desire to kill and/or vaccinate us all. It’s also become associated with a dreaded “New World Order.”
And, as Donald Trump famously tweeted, it’s also been called a “DEMOCRATIC HOAX!”
It’s true that COVID-19 remains nebulous, at best, to the casual observer. And the need to hold one’s government accountable is de rigueur for a functioning democracy to survive.
Certainly, a compelling argument can be made for easing more stringent lockdown restrictions, though certainly not all at once.
But to imply that the threat of COVID-19 is a hoax is just ridiculous. At the very least, it adversely and disproportionately affects the elderly, the immunocompromised, and those with pre-existing conditions.
Guess what, folks: Donald Trump — and Mike Pence — are both elderly with pre-existing conditions.
That means they’re prime targets for COVID-19’s deadly wrath.
So now that Katie Miller has tested positive for the virus, will Trump take it seriously? Or will he still blame the Democrats while he risks infection?
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Last modified: June 24, 2020 1:05 AM UTC