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Americans Appalled After Trump Says that COVID ‘Affects Virtually Nobody’ — 200,000 Americans Would Disagree
We have at least three to four readers who regularly correspondent with us, great people, who have gone through COVID. One reader from New York City had COVID during the great wave in late March and early April. She survived but for over a month as she laid in her apartment – a strong young woman, an actress, of 60 years old – she doubted she would. She still gets short of breath at times. She still gets headaches. She is too afraid to have an ultrasound of her heart. Again, she survived and according to statistics, she is “over” COVID, except she is not.
So to many people, it is deeply personal to see an American president, desperate to be reelected on one of the worst records for an incumbent president in American history, minimize the disease that he’s mismanaged from the start, to say that it “affects virtually nobody.”
Trump subscribes – to some degree – to eugenics. He is a believer in great genes, it is well documented. One can almost hear the undertones of what he’s saying. The people that COVID impacts are the sick, the weak, and the old – the ones that “deserve” to be thinned.
In one of the most remarkable twists of logic, the man saying this has been said to have heart problems, is morbidly obese, is not “old” but is advanced age (same as Herman Cain) and some say that he has already suffered from some sort of neurological incident. If Trump got COVID, he might well be one of those people who “doesn’t do well.” His odds would be such that … he would rather not get it.
In some ways, it is a miracle that he hasn’t gotten it yet. The Secret Service and White House Ops are the best in the world, but they’re only as good as the guy they’re working with and it’s a miracle.
“It affects virtually nobody,” Trump says of the coronavirus, which has now killed 200,000 Americans and counting pic.twitter.com/qHrZvUWNhX
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 22, 2020
Regardless, some people affected by COVID had something to say in response:
Take this in America. 200k dead, almost 7million infected, 20 million lose their jobs, too many businesses to count destroyed and the President says it affects virtually nobody. More will die because @realDonaldTrump only cares about himself, not his country. https://t.co/Dq84Bihv7W
— Joe Lockhart (@joelockhart) September 22, 2020
“On COVID, Trump says it it only “really” affects people who have “other problems.” He also claims that when it comes to children it affects “virtually nobody”
Despite facts, Trump continues to lie. Public school to colleges have increased COVID rates
— Dr Lou (@bfs465) September 22, 2020
Trump says COVID-19 affects virtually nobody yet I've known 3 people who died from it and 1 who is recovering from it.
— Keith Wilson (@divisionbyzero) September 22, 2020
“If they have other problems that’s who it affects really. That’s it.” President Trump says about COVID 19. “It effects virtually nobody.” pic.twitter.com/OTDXcZflUe
— Tom Powell (@TomPowellNews) September 22, 2020
Those 200,000+ deaths are virtually…what? Make believe? Hoax deaths? False deaths?
— Medlee (@MelodeeEngle) September 22, 2020
Impeachable. 200,000 dead in 7 months and “it affects virtually nobody.” This is criminal! https://t.co/D4HmjENQZg
— Hussein Ibish (@Ibishblog) September 22, 2020
That’s what he thinks of 200,000 dead and many more ill, possibly with lifelong damage. https://t.co/u9Hqj2QxAW
— Kurt Busiek Resists (@KurtBusiek) September 22, 2020
I swear to god this past 4 years is some sick fucking joke. This has to end https://t.co/FZ8xKizuEP
— Lady Dawn M (@IAmDawnM) September 22, 2020
@GOP @GOPChairwoman @GOPLeader @senatemajldr @LindseyGrahamSC @foxheadlines @FoxNews I have no words with the comments and messages coming from @realDonaldTrump. How do you stand for this man, his actions, his denial, his complete disregard for the people of the US? #Unfit https://t.co/XkGSvZ1njJ
— Matt Bennett (@bennettmatthewm) September 22, 2020
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