Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 2, 2020
I don’t usually write about subjects like this. There are so many others who cover elections. I prefer not to reinvent the wheel. But this latest development could have massive repercussions for the presidential election.
Trump is 74 years old. You don’t ‘begin your recovery process’ when you test positive. First, you have to develop symptoms, then have them treated. He isn’t even at that stage. Hope Hicks, who transmitted the illness to him is already suffering the onset of symptoms and they aren’t pretty. Only after you begin suffering do you begin recovery. He’s nowhere near there. As with everything he says, he’s full of crap.
Even with the best medical care money can buy he likely has a rough road ahead to recovery. There are only 32 days till the election. He will spend the next fourteen in quarantine, even if he recovers or develops no symptoms. This will not just complicate the closing days of his campaign, it could entirely unravel it. Some might argue that not having him on the campaign trail, where he routinely shoots himself in the foot, will be better for him. But Trump needs a Big Stage. If he doesn’t have one he becomes shriveled and irrelevant.
The CDC studies show that 8 in 10 COVID deaths happen to those 65 and older. The president also has other co-morbidities including high blood pressure and obesity. This will likely not be an easy for him.
Media reports note that neither Hope Hicks, who presumably transmitted the disease to the president and his wife, nor any of the White House advisors accompanying him on his trip to Minnesota wore masks or social distanced. Ignoring science and medicine has its costs. Further, Trump’s entire inner circle was with Hicks on the Minnesota trip when he contracted the illness. They too may come down with COVID.
This development proves how catastrophically wrong was Trump’s conviction to conduct a conventional presidential campaign featuring big indoor rallies without masks, social distancing or testing. Like any good Greek tragic hero, Trump displayed hubris, self-pride, and it was his undoing.
His illness throws the likelihood of further debates into doubt. In his case, that might be a good thing considering his disastrous conduct in the most recent one.
While we have had presidents catch cold at their Inauguration and die. We’ve never had one develop a severe, incapacitating illness just before an election. As usual, with Trump he always brings us into uncharted waters. Testing the limits and breaking them is his stock in trade.
He is already down by around 8 points in most national polls. This cannot help his campaign. In fact, it may be the end of it.
Too early … takes one to two weeks for an individual te develop symptoms of the disease. Most deaths occur to the very old persons … in Europe it’s around 80 years old. Quality of medical care is crucial … see recovery in a late stage of Boris Johnson.
The fact that the President followed his Daily schedule of campaign and round table meeting with big sponsors is scandulous. Illustrates the shear irresponsibility of Trump and his team.
What happens if Trump infected Joe Biden during the 90 minutes of debate?
Johnson, 55, <a href=“https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/u-k-s-boris-johnson-has-showed-what-happens-when-n1241773”>announced</a> on March 27, at the height of the pandemic in the U.K., that he was suffering “mild” symptoms and would self-isolate while continuing to work.
Then, on April 6, Johnson was rushed to a London hospital on the advice of his doctor before being placed in an intensive care unit.
Being a devout atheist, I’m compelled to pray for Trump’s recovery lest I have to accept God’s governance.
It is likely to go down as the biggest “October surprise” in the history of US presidential elections. Yet anyone who was paying attention could have seen it coming.
MR DANIEL SILAGI says
This is karma, to put it mildly.
Dr. Silagi prescribes a gallon of Clorox, administered parenterally.
Trump was offered Russia’s Sputnik V … Trump has faith in chloroquine … do hope Trump recovers in time to witness Nov. 3 defeat.
Greek tragic hero is perfect for Trump, and for us as a country.Oh what he has dragged us through! I use past tense already but maybe too early. Poetic justice, we said here. My friend says karma. People don’t always or even ever get what they deserve. But I am thinking we have been in a morality play. We have what to write about-the moral lessons (plural). Biden called Trump a clown dismissively.This hasn’t been a comedy though there has, for our sanity, been a lot of humor reaped from it. At least the comics and the cartoonists, as well as the journalists and the moralists have material.
yankel, that’s funny!
Deb Kapell says
Not because of personal enmity (although I have lots of that) I hope that Trump gets really, really sick. If he has a mild course of illness the yowling mass of jackals who scream that Covid19 is a hoax, no worse than the cold, etc will have more ammunition. In that case forget any public health message.
Cool: Health Officials, Scientists Banned From Speaking About Coronavirus Without Mike Pence’s Approval | Vanity Fair – Feb. 27, 2020 |
Lest we forget …
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Republican donors who attended President Donald Trump’s fundraiser at his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf club are panicking after being around the commander in chief hours before he announced that he was infected with the coronavirus.
Notre Dame President Apologizes for Not Wearing Mask at Amy Coney Barrett Nomination | NBC News – Sept. 28, 2020 |
Jenkins explained that when he arrived at the White House, he and others underwent a rapid COVID-19 test, and once they had all tested negative, they were told it was safe to remove their masks.
Today Fr. Jenkins tested positive.
Biden has pulled all negative ads about Trump …
After debate and before Covid-19 illness …
Not a hero … to keep the Secret Service agents save, Trump should have joy-rided in an open limousine to please his supporters 😡
Challenging death: selfies on a cliff’s edge and Trump on steroids leaving Walter Reed care … totally irresponsible.
“I beat the socialist,” Biden said.
From the Old School of the Clintons and Deplorables. How dumb can you get Old Geezer!
Bernie Sanders represented progressive voters and young people … lost out to the Party Machine and a representative of Wall Street, deep pockets and the MIC.
Trump Covid post deleted by Facebook and hidden by Twitter
Pope Francis and the “social gospel” in his encyclical Fratelli Tutti.
A timely message ahead of the US Election for Trump and SCOTUS candidate Amy Barrett, a follower of People of Praise Charismatic Community.
Feds say they thwarted militia plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Whitmer
Jeal R. says
Why have this blog became OUI’s private forum?
it is really annoying to come back and check if there are any interesting new discussions in the comments and find random comments with no relation to the article.