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Rick Wilson: The 'Fuck Your Feelings' Crowd Wants a Pity Party for Trump

Like most Americans, I’ve looked on in horror as the COVID explosion in the White House and Trump campaign staff expands, and the national reality TV show has transformed into “Walter Reed Follies.” I’m waiting for the grisly stats to show just how much his maskless rallies will amplify the spread of a disease we never fully got under control.

But let’s be honest; like me, the first question most observers have asked after learning that Donald Trump had been diagnosed with COVID was, “What took so long?”

I don’t mean that flippantly or casually. For months, the president, his entourage, and his campaign staffers—to say nothing of those attending his rallies and fundraising events—have been largely maskless. Social distancing was more in the breach than the observation. Both Trump’s RNC nomination speech on the South Lawn of the White House and the coronation ceremony for Amy Coney Barrett looked like any pre-COVID D.C. gathering: chummy, close, and collegial, full of handshakes and hugs. His behavior made his eventual infection with COVID a matter of time. His devil’s luck ran out last week.


Trump Has a Cough and Fever

Gabriel Sherman: “The biggest unknown is the state of the president’s health. This morning the New York Times reported that Trump is exhibiting ‘coldlike symptoms.’ Two Republicans in close contact with the White House told me that Trump’s symptoms have included a cough and fever. Melania is said to be asymptomatic.”

“Meanwhile, Hicks has experienced more pronounced symptoms than the president. Two sources said she has had a high fever and a cough, with one source adding she lost her sense of smell. Hicks is said to be frustrated with Trump for taking such a cavalier approach to the virus. She was one of the few West Wing staffers to wear a mask in meetings, which her colleagues chided her for… Sources told me Hicks is also upset that news coverage has made it appear that she gave Trump the virus, when in fact no one knows where he got it.”


Just a reminder: when Hillary got pneumonia on 9/11/2016, Trump mocked her.

A WaPo headline at the time: Trump casts doubt on Clinton's stamina in wake of mild pneumonia diagnosis. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2016/09/14/trump-casts-doubt-on-clintons-stamina-in-wake-of-mild-pneumonia-diagnosis/

He then used the episode to fuel conspiracy theories about her health, claiming Hillary was "on drugs to stay alive." https://www.newsbytesapp.com/timeline/world/3276/21882/hillary-clinton-s-health-back-in-the-spotlight

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