He did say, in spite of everything, that he had “learnt a lot” from the expertise and “gone to highschool” on COVID-19. “I get it,” the President mentioned.
However current occasions give us motive to doubt Mr Trump actually does “get it”. If he went to highschool on COVID, it appears he learnt the incorrect classes. As an alternative of insights and empathy, Mr Trump has reverted to spin and politically expedient language.
“Do not let it dominate you. Do not be afraid of it,” he mentioned, as if the virus could possibly be wished away.
There’s a world of distinction between Mr Trump’s therapy whereas stricken with COVID-19 and that of hundreds of thousands of different People. Inside 24 hours, he was whisked from the White Home by helicopter, flown to the Walter Reed Nationwide Army Medical Heart in Maryland, the place his personal medical crew took cost.
He acquired medical care the likes of which few can afford. He was given experimental medication, which he incautiously deemed a “remedy”.
In the meantime, the general public garnered solely contradictory morsels of details about his situation. Mr Trump’s treating physicians intentionally obfuscated over whether or not he had acquired oxygen. The docs mentioned they needed to undertaking an “upbeat” stance.
It is an oddly acquainted technique. When British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was significantly unwell and hospitalised in April, his advisers initially sought to downplay it. In July, Brazil’s President Jair Bolsinaro examined optimistic and was hospitalised however continued to scoff on the illness’s virulence.
By the lengthy months of this pandemic, Mr Trump has been reluctant to acknowledge actuality or science. He has chosen as an alternative to frequently discuss down the severity of the virus.
Actually, there may be profit to be gained from a pacesetter projecting calm and never unnecessarily scaring his individuals. However Mr Trump has additionally performed down the virus in a bid to bolster his political possibilities.
The dramatic scenes broadcast reside on tv as Mr Trump returned to the White Home, his grand salute to the helicopter, his wrenching away of the face masks as he stood on the balcony – all this was designed to point out power, to painting a picture of a strongman chief who wouldn’t, and couldn’t, be crushed.
That’s the aura Mr Trump desires to undertaking to voters – particularly now as he trails presidential rival Joe Biden simply weeks earlier than the US elections. It’s a cynical technique.
That Mr Trump finally contracted the virus has nothing to do withhis weak spot or power . However it does remind us simply how cavalier and haphazard his administration’s administration of this pandemic has been. It’s a pity he has not taken the chance to reset this strategy.
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