COVID-19 derail the Biden campaign from what the polls suggest is a
likely victory? The eleventh hour coronavirus infections of President
Donald John Trump and First Lady Melania have caused pandemonium. But
the burning question for many, despite these unexpected medical
diagnoses, is whether this is a distraction designed to give Trump an
edge to win.
was flown to the nearby Walter Reed National
Military Medical Center in Marine One instead of being transported in
the presidential limousine for the ten-to-15-minute drive. There has
been intense skepticism as to the truth of the COVID-19 medical
finding because of the constant deceit and obfuscation by the Trump
White House over a variety of issues. Is this a scheme to evoke
are wondering whether Trump staged this calamity only to emerge from
death’s door at the last minute like a phoenix rising from the
ashes - a strong and virile leader poised to lead the nation out of
the COVID-19 pandemic which he has categorized as being less
dangerous to citizens’ health than the annual flu outbreak. His
quick recovery would make his case.
daily tweets and video postings on Instagram by President Trump have
demonstrated that he has remained active and in charge as the
nation’s leader. For instance, he left the hospital for a brief
ride to wave to his supporters who set up camp outside Walter Reed to
show their fealty while his medical team was saying he was still not
out of the woods.
the same time, more than a dozen of Trump’s closest aides and
top advisors have also tested positive for the coronavirus, including
his former White House communications director, Hope Hicks, who
recently returned to his side as a top advisor. The first of those
who prepped Trump for the first presidential debate to come down with
COVID-19, she was not the last.
Hicks fell ill from the disease, four others who met in cramped
quarters for the debate prep sessions - former New Jersey Gov. Chris
Christie; presidential advisor, Stephen Miller; campaign manager,
Bill Stepien; and former counselor to the President, Kellyanne Conway
(and her teenage daughter) - have also tested positive for the
illness in rapid succession.
White House and other events organized for President Trump have
apparently become super spreaders for the sickness with three U.S.
Senators, a member of the nation’s Joint Chiefs of Staff,
cabinet officials, and their subordinates either infected or under
quarantine for personal safety. Some still question whether this is
all part of a grand political strategy.
is most disturbing about this situation is that President Trump has
refused to cooperate with his own Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
to contact trace those who were in the vicinity of these infected
individuals. By far, the major events for the COVID-19 spread were
the Rose Garden introduction of the most recent U.S. Supreme Court
nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, and Trump’s fundraiser at his
Bedminster, New Jersey Golf Club.
combined attendance at both events was upwards of 1,000 people. Based
on best estimates, these occasions could result in more than 20,000
contacts, most of whom are unaware that they have been in the company
of someone who has been directly or indirectly exposed - a
“super-spreading situation.” His earlier Duluth,
Minnesota rally added thousands more.
President Trump is doing little to isolate and/or distance himself
from White House essential workers - photographers, butlers,
housekeepers, maids, U.S. Secret Service agents, etc. dedicated to
serving the First Family and putting their lives on the line daily.
He is champing at the bit to return to the Oval Office and resume a
full, regular schedule.
has also neglected to give firm instruction to White House staff to
wear masks and other personal protective equipment to prevent
exposure to the virus and supports the mocking and shaming of those
who do by their peers.
Trump remains highly contagious, he is acting as if he just has a bad
cold or mild case of the flu, leading many to continue to question
whether he has COVID-19 at all. And his insistence on presenting
himself as strong and invincible with photo ops and frequent
statements adds to the questions regarding his actual status as
others affected by the coronavirus act differently.
we enter the homestretch of the presidential campaign, what will be
the impact of Trump’s COVID-19 contagion? Will he evidence a
miraculous recovery and be viewed as superman? Will it drive voters
to turn out and vote for him in large numbers? Or will his poll
numbers remain in decline at the national level and in the
the case, Democrats must note that Trump is now a caged,
coronavirus-ravaged individual, like a rabies infested dog, who,
along with his elected supporters, will do anything to win this
election. We are already witnessing the limiting of voting outlets in
battleground states, e.g., Ohio, Texas, North Carolina, Arizona, etc.
where early minority votes are being disqualified in record numbers.
voter registration, especially in communities of color, is being
obstructed in urban areas across the country. And the United States
Postal Service has already slowed down mail delivery, which will
likely intensify as mail ballots are returned, ensuring that
deadlines for their receipt are missed. Trump has also asked the
Proud Boys and other right-wing extremist groups to serve as poll
watchers on Election Day to foment chaos and incite violence.
is sowing national division that is every bit as toxic as COVID-19.
And the distraction of him as an ill President recovering from a
deadly disease is an excellent decoy as he goes all out to steal this