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POTUS and FLOTUS getting it together

So, the man who has spread more misinformation about COVID-19 than any other individual on the planet has caught the coronavirus. The fact that he will now not be able to campaign personally will, ironically, perhaps save some lives.

On October 1 President Donald Trump announced via Twitter that:

Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!

What would his supporters be thinking? He told them it was all a joke and with the breeze it would wistfully flutter away. Even his tweet makes a nonsense of all his prophecies.

Only the like-minded would fall for his uneducated divinations and insights that have their genesis in an unsound mind.

Donald Trump may not have acted swiftly to contain the spread of the virus, but he hasn’t remained silent on the subject (most of which are bizarre and pushing crazy conspiracies). There are many to quote, but here are just a few of his thoughts on COVID-19.

On January 22, when the disease started to raise a few eyebrows he tried to put everybody’s mind at ease with this little lie:

“We have it totally under control. It’s one person coming in from China, and we have it under control. It’s going to be just fine.”

Then five weeks later on February 27 he brushed the virus aside:

“It’s going to disappear. One day, it’s like a miracle, it will disappear.”

And this gem on April 23 as a possible cure:

“I see the disinfectant, where it knocks it out in a minute, one minute, and is there a way we can do something like that by injection inside, or almost a cleaning? Because you see it gets in the lungs and it does a tremendous number on the lungs, so it’d be interesting to check that.”

On August 20 Trump publicly:

“… praised the supporters of QAnon, a convoluted, pro-Trump conspiracy theory, and suggested he appreciates their support of his candidacy.

At a news conference at the White House on Wednesday, Mr Trump courted the support of those who put stock in the conspiracy theory, saying, “I heard that these are people that love our country.” It was his first public comment on the subject.”

On September 9 the nation learned what Trump really thought:

“He (Trump) knew (about the dangers posed by COVID-19), and purposefully played it down. Worse, he lied to the American people… And while this deadly disease ripped through our nation, he failed to do his job – on purpose. It was a life-and-death betrayal of the American people.”

No doubt tying to come up with an election winner on September 16 he boasted that a COVID-19 vaccine could be ‘three weeks, four weeks’ away.

Democratic Party’s presidential nominee Joe Biden, somewhat more rationally pointed out the next day that:

“The idea that there’s going to be a vaccine and everything’s gonna be fine tomorrow – it’s just not rational.”

Joe you of all people should know the POTUS have never been and never will be rational.

He was quick to blame China for the virus (again) on September 22 in remarks delivered remotely to the U.N. General Assembly, he said that:

“We must hold accountable the nation which unleashed this plague onto the world, China … The Chinese government, and the World Health

Organization – which is virtually controlled by China – falsely declared that there was no evidence of human-to-human transmission.

Later on, they falsely said people without symptoms would not spread the disease … The United Nations must hold China accountable for their actions.”

At the risk of sounding sarcastic, he has with his own words his own cure. By all means, check it out.

Will we ever grow intellectually to the point where we are able to discern, understand and act on those matters that seek the good within us?

Some countries make a habit of institutionalising mediocre minds.

Back on July 10 Dr. Andrew Pastewski, ICU medical director at Jackson South Medical Center in Miami, lamented that:

“It’s just disheartening because the selfishness of (not wearing a mask) versus the selflessness of my staff and the people in this hospital who are putting themselves at risk, and I got COVID from this.”

Dire warning, indeed. Did Trump listen? And how many have died? Well it’s fast approaching 210,000.

Universally this virus has proven to be a tragedy for the world. That it has been treated so flippantly by men such as the POTAS is further proof that the world needs men and women in leadership who speak words of truth, of love, of compassion, of equality. Not gutter language that maltreats the office of the President.

Not those of insanity as expressed by President Trump. It is a time in world history for those with calm thoughtful voices to overshadow those crass voices of hatred, the dictators think they know all, but in reality, know very little.

From our own SBS:

“US President Donald Trump has been the world’s biggest driver of COVID-19 misinformation during the pandemic, a study from Cornell University said Thursday.”

Our initial response to any situation or question should be a consistently good and thoughtful one.

Yet Trump kept rolling along spreading misinformation, leading Twitter to temporarily block Trump’s campaign account for spreading this misinformation:

“The authors found that comments by Mr Trump drove major spikes in the “miracle cures” topic, led by his 24 April press briefing where he mused on the possibility of using disinfectants inside the body to cure the coronavirus.

Similar spikes were seen when he promoted unproven treatments like hydroxychloroquine.

We conclude therefore that the president of the United States was likely the largest driver of the COVID-19 misinformation ‘infodemic’, the team wrote.

Attacks on US government scientist Dr Fauci, references to the debunked “Plandemic” video, and blaming the virus on Chinese people consuming bat soup rounded off the list.”

Now the President must face the reality of his own disbelief. He also needs to be upfront with the people of not only the United States but the entire world and say that he was wrong.

He must explain to us where he gets his information from and how he fact checks it.

Within his own body this virus dwells. Was he lying when he said he had taken a course of Hydroxychloroquine? He choose to play politics with this most deadly disease but it has caught up with him.

Just how seriously he has it is anyone’s guess. Whatever the case he will, I’m sure, twist it to his own advantage unless it is life threatening. If it is mild, he will make himself into the “it couldn’t defeat me” man and continue with his propaganda.

Most problems that society faces today arise from the fact that men have never really grown up.

If it is serious, he will suffer for his apathy. He will have on his conscience the words “If only I had taken it seriously and believed the scholarship. The science spoke but I knew better.”

My thought for the day

The dead are many. Only they have seen the end of it.

PS: There are those who wish to see Donald and Melania Trump succumb to the disease. I am not one of them.

 

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  1. New England Cocky

    Recently POTUS made an imperial visit to a primary school and a pretty young school girl was introduced to him as part of the proceedings. The girl was chosen because of this story.

    ”Mr President, I dreamed about you last night” she said. “There was a big parade and everybody was there, the bands were playing, the crowds were cheering, the bunting was flapping; everybody was deliriously happy”.

    The President replied, “Did you see my hair’?” as he swept his well coiffured locks away from his smiling face.

    ”No,” said the young girl. ”The coffin was closed”.

  2. Jack Cade

    In a world where political correctness rules, I’d like to say that I have absolutely no compunction in saying that I do not wish Donald Trump well, if he has indeed been infected by Covid-19. Would anybody be lambasted if they said they would be quite happy if Boldanaro didn’t recover? Or Putin, if he caught it?
    No?
    So why should we be empathetic to Donald Trump? He is not empathetic to anyone else.
    And does he even have the virus? A man who was helicoptered into a hospital 3 days ago but is said to be possibly walking out on Monday US time?

  3. leefe

    I don’t want them to die, I want them to suffer. I want the Trumpster to be on a ventilator for a month, and to have all the lingering issues that other survivors have had – lungs, heart, kidneys, brain (not that there would be a discernible impact on that calcified organ), etc.
    The true injustice of his infection is that he is getting the very best medical assistance available, at the expense of the US taxpayer, just as BoJo did and as so many other USAians did not. And his cult followers will hail his recovery as a miracle, not as the result of the efforts of all those people.

  4. John Lord

    He has probably infected 100s of people yet drives around like a hero.

  5. wam

    Lord, if trump is doing well how good is mel???
    He will be back at rallies this week anyone’s guess with or without a mask??????
    The tracing of contacts within the president’s house(saw jane elliot’s attack on calling it the white house she is still strong) should be fun
    haha nec , laughed so much I got hot and have to go back in the pool

  6. Keitha Granville

    I agree with you Leefe. He needs to face the prospect of dying, or of knowing that his wife may die, to fully grasp the severity of the situation. He needs to be in pain and struggling for some time. He needs to understand how it feels to not be able to see your family for weeks on end.
    Most important of all, every other citizen needs to be treated the same as he is, given the same treatment options. No more, no less.

    He needs all this so that finally he might understand how foolish he has been, and to accept that 200000 people are dead because of him.

  7. Roswell

    The man is nothing more than a fraudulent pile of dog shit. His latest stunt was appalling. How do the families of those who lost a loved one to the disease feel?

  8. Mark Needham

    As I expected.

  9. Old bloke

    Geoff, from the text:

    ‘His plans were bold and fiery, and his conceptions glowed with barbaric lustre. There are some who would have thought him mad. His followers felt that he was not. It was necessary to hear and see and touch him to be sure he was not.’

    And this: ‘And then, for a moment, all is still, and all is silent save the voice of the clock.’ Reminds me of a poem I learned as a kid:

    ‘All was silent save the hissing of the flat surf on the now deserted beach’. Holiday Retreat.

  10. Geoff Andrews

    Old Bloke,
    If one believes he HAS the virus, the story is a perfect fit, isn’t it.
    However there is more mileage in it for him to pretend to be infected – sympathy, miracle man, see how much stronger I am than Joe, “I told you there was nothing to worry about”, no more embarrassing debates, massive rallies in the final week because of his full “recovery”.

  11. Skip Wiley

    I’m totally cynical about the timing of this, how “tremendous” of him to catch it now just so he can make a “miraculous” recovery in time for the election!

  12. Anne Byam

    Might sound slightly off centre here, but nothing would surprise me where this ignoramus is concerned, and the bullying hold he no doubt has over his staff and ‘protectors’. IF he is released within a day or two, back to the White House, it would not surprise one iota if an entire ICU unit has been set up there while he has been away, with all items required moved covertly ( they are good at that ) into the White House – for his grand return. A set up with every state of the art equipment ever devised for ICU – at no cost spared.

    The stunt he pulled yesterday in the behemoth beast was appalling, all because he wanted even more glory and the show of potency, infallability and invincibility – his personal trade-marks.

    From the New Daily ( and read elsewhere as well ) ….

    The drive-by stunt has drawn criticism, including from one Walter Reed hospital doctor, who said “every single person in the vehicle during that completely unnecessary Presidential “drive-by” just now has to be quarantined for 14 days”.

    “They might get sick. They may die. For political theater. Commanded by Trump to put their lives at risk for theater. This is insanity,” Dr James Phillips posted on Twitter.

    “That Presidential SUV is not only bulletproof, but hermetically sealed against chemical attack. The risk of COVID19 transmission inside is as high as it gets outside of medical procedures. The irresponsibility is astounding. “My thoughts are with the Secret Service forced to play,” the emergency medicine chief and Walter Reed attending doctor wrote.

    The potions they are allegedly throwing at him, are not small fry stuff ( especially the corticosteroids which are given in dire circumstances ). He doesn’t want to continue to run the country, unless it makes him appear to be the biggest and best – and I doubt he will learn even one thing from this experience. Perhaps however, he might deign to wear a mask – thereby denying his faithful followers the extraordinary beauty of his countenance. Oh horrors !! …..

    hmm.

  13. Jack Cade

    They say ‘Every cloud has a silver lining.’ Covid-10 would seem not to have one…and yet…and yet…
    Johnson
    Bolsanaro
    Trump
    This virus might have a soupcon of a sense of humour…

  14. jon chesterson

    MILKING THE DYING AMERICAN COW

    On the basis of probability and form, this is another Trump stunt, not so much for an excuse of why he lost the election, but for the sympathy vote, rallying the hate-ridden warmongers, the brainless dead, the zombie US flag waggers, the sand-eaters, bullet sluggers, gunslingers and his biblical arse licking fans to win the un-winnable election – He knew, his advisors knew it was over and had to manufacture a miracle out of false news on a grand scale of mass deception (like his false business mandate), that which he does best to hide the absolute failure this wanton prick is.

    Would the doctors at the US military hospital or Johns Hopkins collude with such a stunt or have they been bribed, threatened or blackmailed with a suit should they confirm or deny anything on the grounds of privacy, presidential privilege or national security? Are they not the very same stock of Republican privilege and conformity, just following orders? Is that not how Trump controls everyone around him to subjugate his subjects?

    He is a modern day feudal arse hole blowing toxic wind and sucking the light out like a black hole, as if there is no tomorrow. Whatever, the truth is, Trump will stop at nothing to manipulate the polls and the election, to evade scrutiny, justice or loss of his tyrannical and fraudulent kingdom, America has allowed him to suckle. It’s time Karma took its course, Karma I call it not schadenfreude – that would be Trump’s projection, Trump fans’ and voters’ motives, not that he nor the vast majority of his maggot ridden fans would have the intelligence to look it up in a dictionary… Why would they when their morals, their democratic and social standards rage like the vast open sewer they have made it, America has become.

    If Trump wins this next election, we should all close our borders for good before the rest of the world is infected with a lethal dose of something far more sinister then Covid-19, which he in all likelihood never had. And if he did, Christ look how he milks America’s teats in his hands, both ways.

    …Putin laughs himself off his 3-legged stool and Morrison has been tugging like a bloated miner’s leach on the dried Aussie udder despite the drought before he ever got into office.

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