Donald Trump Is Not Entitled to Our Sympathy
On Sunday evening, the president released a video on Twitter. “I learned a lot about Covid…And I get it, I understand it, and it’s a very interesting thing, and I’m going to be letting you know about it,” he said. With over 200,000 dead Americans, the question arises:
Why the rush?
From the second his diagnosis was revealed, the Beltway punditry called the masses to attention. “Support the president,” they bellowed. You see, this was not a time for politics or partisanship. Rather, this was a time to put aside our political vendettas and support our leader. Rally ‘round the flag, even.
What Donald Trump and other Washington creatures fail to realize is that we do not owe him our sympathy. He is not entitled to it. Sympathy must be earned, and he has done nothing to deserve it. Hard as he may try, President Trump is no victim.
Quickly, two things.
First, I harbor no ill will. I want him to lose the upcoming election, not die.
Second, if your first reaction to the president falling ill was to wish him sympathy, congratulations. Perhaps you are a better human than I. The goal of this piece isn’t to change your mind. If you feel sympathetic, by all means, carry on. Allow me explain why I don’t share the sentiment.
The president has repeatedly lied about the coronavirus. He most likely succumbed to the virus because he failed to heed the warnings of his own government, especially social distancing mandates and mask wearing.
He said the virus would “disappear” in April. It hasn’t. He said the number of suicides during lockdown would be “far greater” than the number of coronavirus deaths. It wasn’t. He said that “99%” of Covid-19 cases are “totally harmless.” They aren’t.
He claimed that the United States had the lowest mortality rate of the coronavirus in the world. We don’t. He said that children are “virtually immune” to Covid-19. They aren’t. He tried to blame Obama for leaving him “obsolete” Covid-19 tests, but Covid-19 didn’t exist until 2019, years after Obama left office.
In fact, Cornell University analyzed tens of millions of articles about the coronavirus and discovered that President Trump was the “single largest driver of misinformation,” according to the researchers. About 38% of all the pandemic misinformation can be traced back to the president.
But these are just the malicious points. Lest we forget the incompetent points as well.
On January 20, 2020, South Korea and the United States both reported their first case of the novel coronavirus. South Korea mobilized quickly, and through high levels of testing, was quickly able to neutralize the virus. The United States failed to lockdown and botched testing in the early stages, allowing the virus to fester. By the time South Korea hit 300,000 tests, the United States performed only 60,000 tests. “I said to my people, slow the testing down, please,” the president later recalled.
Misinformation, lies, incompetence, and over 200,000 dead Americans. And I’m now obligated to show this man sympathy? In what world?
The president has received world class treatment. He took an experimental drug cocktail, one or two rounds of supplemental oxygen, Remdesivir, and the steroid Dexamethasone. He is also taking zinc, vitamin D, an acid reducer, melatonin, and aspirin, surrounded by a team of doctors in a world class facility. A pretty good haul for someone who pays $750 in taxes.
So no, I do not have sympathy for Donald Trump. The Trump administration is currently in court trying to repeal Obamacare. If they are successful, around 20 million people will lose healthcare coverage in the midst of a global pandemic. I will save my sympathy for these people.
On her way to visit migrant children, Melania Trump wore a jacked with “I Really Don’t Care, Do U?” printed on the back.
With Trump’s diagnosis, I have to ask — does that jacket come in size men’s large?