The Tale of Two Viruses: Part 32, The Virus Strikes Back

So much has been written about the travesty of the debate, but I wouldn’t call it a debate. I would call it more an American Carnage. Carnage in the sense that there was one man literally trying to eat the other, the way a lion tears at its captured prey.

Can’t you just see Chris Christie and Rudy G in the debate prep telling The Don: “Don’t worry about facts, just eat his lunch! Better yet, skip the lunch and just eat him!”

I found it mind-boggling that anyone was surprised by The Don’s behavior. When are people really going to understand how disturbed and evil this man is?

This is what despairing bullies do. They rage. To be losing to a man he considers weak and impotent is humiliating. When The Don feels humiliated, he goes low, lower and lower. 

I searched for takeaways. Initially, I settled on three things:

Cows.

When responding to the “Green New Deal” (which Biden unfortunately doesn’t support), The Don snipped “They want to take out cows, too.”

No more hamburgers. No more ice cream. And most importantly, no more Yoo-hoo.  Those scoundrels, those heartless Democrats! So bad, so bad. And they got upset at us for taking babies away from their parents or taking uterus’s out of women’s bodies without them knowing.

Proud, as in Proud Boys.

When asked to condemn White Supremacy, The Don told the White Supremacist group The Proud Boys to “stand back and stand by.” ​Taking a page out of James Brown’s songbook he might have as well said: “I’m White and I’m Proud.

Forest cities.

Name your top five forest cities. You can’t? Don’t worry because they don’t exist. But The Don, who couldn’t be bothered to have a national plan to get PPE to all who needed it, is ready to sign a new bill in to law. It’s called The Sweep Act. The Sweep Act has two components: A broom for every American, and a national commitment to sweep the pandemic under the rug.

Here’s The Don on our raging forest fires.

 “In Europe, they live—they’re forest cities, they’re called forest cities. They maintain their forest. They manage their forest. I was with the head of a major country—it’s a forest city.”

Name of head of country please?

But after the news broke that The Don tested positive for Covid, I decided to abandon those takeaways and go with mask.

 During the debate, The Don was derisive of Biden’s mask wearing.

“I don’t wear masks like him. “Every time you see him, he’s got a mask. He could be speaking 200 feet away and he shows up with the biggest mask I’ve ever seen.”

Too bad they couldn’t have created a mask big enough to surround the entire White House, as who knows how many people working there were infected by the Super-Spreader-in- Chief!

And all those well-wishers out there: I understand what you are doing. You are trying to take the high road, do the opposite of what he would do. Show compassion. Just like the compassion he showed during the debate when Biden spoke about his son, Beau, who died of cancer or his son Hunter, who overcame substance abuse. Just like the compassion he showed back in 2016 when Hillary nearly collapsed form pneumonia.

Just like the compassion he showed when he mocked a journalist with disabilities.

I have no compassion for this man. None. He is evil. If you let your guard down and find a soft spot for him, thinking: oh now he will finally become human, chastened by this existential experience, you are naïve and deluded as he is.

There is no one this man won’t abuse, hurt, and try to destroy if given the opportunity.

When the devil is weak, make sure he doesn’t get another shot at it.

Who here doesn’t wish someone didn’t kill Hitler before he wiped out 11 million people?

Oh, but he isn’t that bad you say. Hyperbolic, you declare? Bullshit! He is that bad.

He has separated babies from their families.

He has deregulated environmental policies that will result in illness and death for thousands of Americans, particularly poor people of color.

He has and will continue to foment and support violence by White Supremacists-the potential for violence around the election growing each day.

He wants to take away health care and wipe out coverage of pre-existing conditions for millions of people, which will eventuate in thousands of avoidable deaths. And he wants to do this during a pandemic, when millions will be dealing with the medical fallout of the pandemic for years to come.

And then there is his response to the pandemic.

He knew in late January that it was lethal and spread through the air and said nothing.

Despite information to the contrary, he has downplayed the virus and put the entire country at risk.

He told the American people to use bleach, ultraviolet light inside the body. Some of his devotees went out and swallowed bleach and a few died.

He is creating false hope and a narrative that a vaccine is around the corner. Ironically, his pathological lying and his attempt to rush a vaccine through without the rigorous testing it needs, has made the American public very skeptical about getting the vaccine. In fact, in a survey about who to trust regarding the validity of a vaccine, only 19% trusted The Don. I think more would trust cows (sorry to drag you through the mud, cows).

Cornell University researchers analyzing 38 million English-language articles about the pandemic found that President Trump was the single most promoter of disinformation regarding the virus than anyone else. His malicious misinformation campaign will cause the death of many more Americans and perpetuate the pandemic.

His anti-mask attitude, disregard of truth and science, dismissal of social distancing as a method of prevention, has led to tens of thousands of unnecessary and preventable deaths. His delusional belief in his own invincibility put him in harms way and now he too is positive for the virus.

Even when he knew he was exposed to the virus (Hope Hick’s positive diagnosis), he went to a fund raiser in New Jersey and exposed all his rich supporters.

Most recently, he defied medical advice and decided to surprise his supporters by taking a joy ride around Walter Reade Hospital putting all the secret service members at risk. Here’s what one doctor at Walter Reade had to say about The Don’s publicity stunt:

“Every single person in the vehicle during that completely unnecessary Presidential ‘drive-by’ just now has to be quarantined for 14 days,” Dr. James P. Phillips, an attending physician at Walter Reed, wrote on Twitter. “They might get sick. They may die. For political theater. Commanded by Trump to put their lives at risk for theater. This is insanity.”

He has no shame, and cares not one iota about the impact of this stunt. In fact, this action is a perfect reflection of who he is and how he has handled the pandemic. Isn’t there a crime called reckless endangerment? In some states, if you knowingly are H.I.V. positive and you infect someone else (without telling them you are positive) you can go to jail.

In addition to these most recent egregious acts, he has knowingly, willfully and amorally acted in a manner to foster a genocide of neglect.

I have said this many times: The Don’s and his Republican collaborators are making choices that lead to people dying.

Let’s call it what it is. Evil. No act is heinous enough when it comes to his (and their) desire to hold on to power.

Knowing The Don’s ability to overcome adversity, he, unlike 208,000 Americans, will most likely survive this. Trust me, there will be no transformation, no come to Jesus moment like Boris Johnson. His response will be more like President Bolsonaro of Brazil, who recovered from the virus and declared himself victorious, an Adonis in the face of death. He will return to the campaign trail and revert to his vulgar, vituperative self, denigrating others, destroying everything in his wake, including our democracy, if that’s what it takes to win.

Do you still want to know why I have no compassion and do not wish him well? All I can hope for, if he does get well, is that he is defeated in an historic landslide, takes down the Republican Senate with him and then he and his family will be prosecuted and convicted for their many crimes, spending many years wearing an orange jumpsuit to match his absurd orange hair.

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