EDITORIAL: Is the West Wing COVID-19 Central?

A few days ago, Donald Trump left Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda after being treated for COVID-19, apparently to prove to his supporters that not even coronavirus could get the best of him.

Unfortunately, while his “drive-by in a sleek, black sedan” may have made for fantastic optics, it clearly sent the wrong message to Americans. The president put on his Sunday best before posing for photographs while signing blank pieces of paper. He recorded videos declaring himself recovering. He alluded to the fact that he might even be immune to the deadly virus that continues to wreak havoc not only throughout the U.S. but around the world.

Then, as stated early, the infected 74-year-old man took a brief ride through the District as American flags were hoisted in tribute to a president who still cannot disavow the heinous deeds of white supremacists.

With millions of Americans having already died from coronavirus and millions more infected — some still fighting for their lives — we find Trump’s messages, including “Don’t be afraid of COVID,” “Don’t let it dominate your life,” and “Feeling really good!” to fully represent what the president says he detests the most — fake news. Moreover, they present a situation that no one in their right mind should believe to be true.

Meanwhile, Trump has refused to answer the pertinent questions about his prognosis while his doctors have officially declined comment, save for the terse statement that they are remaining “on guard.”

At the same time, it’s been confirmed that the infection rate at the White House continues to rise with each passing hour to the extent that it more resembles an abandoned town of the Old West than Ground Zero for the Trump administration.

Donald Trump has toyed with the American public in a cavalier manner since taking over the hallowed halls on 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. But now, by cavorting with smoke, mirrors, shells and innuendoes, he is daring untold millions of citizens to throw caution to the wind with their very lives potentially hanging in the balance with the suggestion that we are more powerful than COVID-19.

Shame on you, Mr. President!

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