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So Trump and Melania test positive … hours after insisting that “the end of the pandemic is in sight.” Is this his Tet Offensive? Is the end of Trump in sight, one way or another? 2020, it just never lets up. 

There are more cases of Covid-19 in the White House tonight than there are in New Zealand.

President Trump has tested positive for Covid-19, and been taken to Walter Reed hospital. He is symptomatic, and basically the next week will tell. He could get much sicker. He could die. We could be swearing in a new president sooner than anyone expected. No matter what happens, this is already a disaster. The most chaotic election in over a century, and now the POTUS is sick? Another layer of uncertainty in troubled times is not a good thing.

Some are questioning how real this is. The thought certainly crossed my mind, especially at first. Symptomatic and taken to the hospital, that seems pretty elaborate, and to what gain? It’s also not really consistent with Trump’s usual lies/self-deceptions, which run to grandiose self promotion. The guy who claims to be the healthiest man ever elected president is pretending to be sick? Until I see evidence for a hoax, I’m going with “Yeah, it’s real.” 

Not a stretch to think that this was China’s intent all along, since plenty including Trump have claimed that by accident or design, this was China’s fault somehow. OK, it is a stretch, and requires multiple layers of special pleading. Hopefully this particular theory doesn’t take off, not a good thing if Trump’s illness or death leads to a war with China. 

Is this some big surprise development? No. I pointed out from the beginning that anyone could get Covid-19, and will eventually unless they take serious precautions. Which the White House clearly was not doing. What happens if Trump and Biden both die of Covid-19 before election day? Chaos. (It was a trick question.)

What happens now? History. Thick and fast, stay frosty people, your grandkids will ask what it was like to live through the 2020 election in America. Speaking of history, my Tet Offensive comment in the leading paragraph. President Johnson announced that the Vietnam War was all but won, the enemy was on the run, there was a light at the end of the tunnel. Then the VietCong launched a massive surprise attack on pretty much every major city in South Vietnam, one assault squad even penetrating the US Embassy compound in Saigon. It was pretty much the end of any reelection hopes for Johnson, and he chose not to run. Trump catching and being downed by the virus he downplayed at every turn, yeah, one would think that might get through to some of his supporters.

Hearing a lot of, well, harshness coming from Trump critics. Hopefully I have avoided “Trump Derangement Syndrome” as an appellation in my C.V. I’m certainly highly underwhelmed by Trump’s response to Covid-19, he’s made America far worse off than it could have been. And I do have criticism here. Trump not only couldn’t defend the country against Covid-19, he couldn’t even protect him and his wife! If we needed proof that Trump was wrong about downplaying the virus, this is it. In any event, I drink to his health.

So yes, reality intruded onto my planned wobbling rocks and hornets post. Still kind of in shock, woke up this AM to multiple messages about “Trump has Covid-19!” I’d known it was possible, but there’s only so far that expectations can prepare one for reality. I wasn’t ready for this, and I knew it was possible. This situation may well evolve very rapidly, curious what I’ll wake up to tomorrow. Have a safe and sane weekend everyone. #COVIDCaughtTrump #StaytheFHome #WearaDamnMask #FelesRegula

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October 2, 2020 at 7:16 pm

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