The president’s bout of Coronavirus has revealed a systemic mental illness proliferating on the left. “It’s his own fault,” is the refrain – and not just from a few crazies on Twitter but from high profile leftists spouting off on television and in print. This tendency to blame the sick for their illness is nothing more than wild speculation without factual foundation.
World Leaders Who Caught the Crud
According to Statista.com, President Trump is one of nine world leaders who contracted COVID-19. Prime Minister Boris Johnson tested positive back in March. One month later, Mikhail Mishustin, the PM of Russia, contracted the virus. On June 1, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan suffered a bout of the Coronavirus. The president of Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernández, was next, followed by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. Bolivian president Jeanine Áñez announced her infection on July 9, and Alexander Lukashenko, the president of Belarus, followed later that month. The president of Guatemala, Alejandro Giammattei, announced he tested positive on September 18. And, now, the latest leader to contract the virus is President Trump.
What do these world leaders have in common? Did they all eschew masks? Take the situation lightly? Ignore cautionary medical protocols? In the words of former Vice President Joe Biden: “Come on, man!” Could it be that the world is dealing with – wait for it – a highly infectious disease? Wouldn’t it be logical to assume these high-profile people contracted the Coronavirus because of the nature of their positions? Heads of state deal with many people in a variety of settings all the time.
Fox News White House correspondent John Roberts made a point of saying that the president was very conscientious about keeping to the medical experts’ recommendations regarding the virus. Roberts noted that when he moved closer to ask the president a question, Trump held up his hand signaling stop and reminded the newsman to keep a social distance of six feet. Just because he didn’t show up in a mask everywhere and all the time does not mean that the president was cavalier about contracting the Chinese virus. After all, this was a man who previously admitted to being a germaphobe – a man who uses sanitizer several times a day and prefers not to shake hands.
Then there are concocted conspiracy theories that eight individuals attending the Amy Coney Barrett nomination ceremony caught COVID-19 at the event because they were – gasp – not wearing masks. It was an outdoor event with 200 people in attendance. Doing the math, this accounts for 4% who are said to have contracted the virus in the Rose Garden. While this is higher than the national infection rate of approximately 2.3%, it’s not exactly an epidemic. One must also consider that these were high contact individuals in positions of power who meet with people all the time.
Leftist Blame Game
Mr. Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen told the Daily News this week that Trump’s coronavirus diagnosis was “preventable” and that he is “now Covid positive because of ignorance and arrogance.” In Newsweek, CNN’s Don Lemon asserted the president is “partly to blame” for contracting COVID-19. Lemon cited the president’s campaign rallies and his attitude toward masks as possible factors.
This blame game runs hand in hand with the Democratic narrative that the president is not merely culpable in his personal medical journey with COVID – but responsible for more than 200,000 deaths in the U.S. resulting from the Coronavirus. An article in the Las Vegas Review-Journal cited a jaw-dropping example of this leftist narrative:
“In April, the [New York] Times ran a story about bar owner and Trump supporter Joe Joyce, who died of coronavirus after taking a cruise to Spain. ‘If Trump had gone on TV with a mask on and said, “Hey, this is serious,” I don’t think he would have gone,’ Joe Joyce’s daughter told the paper in a story that chronicled the Trump voter’s gullibility thanks to a reporter’s credulity. As the saying goes, some stories are too good to check.”
Dan McLaughlin of the National Review did some due diligence on this article and found that Joe Joyce and his wife boarded a cruise ship on the first of March – which was the same day the Big Apple saw its first known death resulting from COVID-19. But the left is never one to allow facts to get in the way of a good story.
Assigning guilt to the president for all those who have suffered and died from COVID-19 is malicious and vile. But putting the onus on President Trump for catching the disease is shameful and reprehensible. When dealing with a highly infectious disease, it would be reasonable to assume that high-contact people are more likely to catch the illness and leave it at that.
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