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In Trump’s Warped Mind, Only the Weak Die of COVID

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After an eventful weekend of doctors lying about his condition, the president “triumphantly” (those are irony quotes) left Walter Reed. His message was clear: He’d beaten coronavirus. He’d won. It was over. It was after all no big deal for his powerful masterful genetics… and for every single coronavirus treatment ever created.

There was a tweet for it (there always is). “I will be leaving the great Walter Reed medical center today at 6:30pm. Feeling really good! Don’t be afraid of covid. Don’t let it dominate your life. We have developed under the trump administration, some really great drugs & knowledge. I feel better than I did 20 years ago.”

The president had a message to his supporters—and naturally, it was the worst possible message he could have conceivably cooked up. Coronavirus was no big deal. Don’t be afraid!

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