There was a moment, even in the minds of the most ardent of lockdown sceptics, when news of Donald Trump testing positive for Coronavirus gave some cause for concern. Because we all knew that, were he to die from it, not only would we have to endure the triumphant gloating of the lockdown lefties, but his death would become the central plank in the case for maintaining all current restrictions, if not making them even more severe. 'Donald Trump didn’t take the virus seriously and look what happened to him! ' would be spouted by every CNN, BBC and Channel4 reporter repeatedly, until the ends of time, whilst the New York Post and British Guardian would run endless articles on why they were right to hate Donald Trump. We'd all be wearing masks and social distancing for decades to come.
None of the Trump-hating media could contain their delight when he tested positive. It was like all their birthdays and Christmases had come at once. Trump was the only sufferer of Covid-19 on the planet who 'deserved it' according to these nasty little hacks. So strong was their desire for Trump to die of the bug that they were already cementing this argument in their narrative. If he did die, it was entirely his own fault. different to every other person who may have died from the disease, which, inexplicably, was also Donald Trump's fault according to these loons.
The mainstream media, and every rabid Marxist politician, on both sides of the Atlantic, have been in a frenzy of Schadenfreude over President Trump’s Covid diagnosis. Trump’s contracting of the disease, they argue, discredits any coronavirus policy short of lockdowns and mandatory mask-wearing, outdoors as well as in. Trump is now “exhibit No. 1 for the failure of his leadership on Coronavirus,” as Democratic pollster Geoff Garin told the New York Times yesterday.
New York Times columnist Frank Bruni claims that Trump’s infection proves that the country has been lax in its coronavirus response. “It is time, at long last, to learn. To be smarter. To be safer. To be more responsible, to others as well as to ourselves,” he wrote on Saturday. “We cannot erase the mistakes made in America’s response to the coronavirus, but we can vow not to continue making them.”
But, much to the annoyance of the media, Trump has made a miraculous recovery and come out swinging. But his comment on twitter may well be the most important statement in his entire political career. Because in one short burst, Trump has destroyed the 'fear-factor' on which the entire charade has been based.
“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 Tweet was immediately condemned by mainstream media commentators as “dangerous”, “gross”, and “almost impossible to believe”, fearing that if Trump brushes off the virus in such a cavalier fashion it will mean the American people won’t take it seriously. But that’s his intention, obviously. Trump is effectively telling the American people that catching COVID-19 is not a death sentence. We’ve learnt so much about how to treat it, that even an overweight, 74 year-old male can recover within a week. He has now become exhibit No. 1 in the case against needless restrictions on our liberty. He's now become the poster boy for the millions around the world who know this to be little more than bad science and hysteria.
His return to the White House, complete with inspirational music and an Airforce One salute, left the media scrabbling around to try and salvage something, anything, from what had, just five days ago, appeared to be the answer to their prayers, but now seemed like their worst nightmare.
CNN White House correspondent Kaitlan Collins commented on Trump’s return from Walter Reed hospital, seeming to be bitter about the level of care he received, and complained about Trump urging Americans not to live in fear. This was the same CNN reporter who had angrily whined about President Trump triumphantly removing his mask outside the White House Monday night, leading the President’s campaign staff to release video of the very same reporter casually removing her own mask inside the White House after cameras had stopped rolling.
“What the president is portraying by taking his mask off when he gets back to the Truman balcony to give this grand return to the White House, is that everything is fine and, as he said, don’t let coronavirus control your life,” Collins stated. “But that is very much still a president who has coronavirus,” Collins continued, adding “Despite the lights and the flags and the staged entrance that the president wants to create, he still has coronavirus and he is only a few days into the diagnosis.”
Collins also tweeted out the video clip, adding the comment “Only days into his diagnosis, the first thing President Trump does when he gets back to the White House is take his mask off.”
But it was actress Kirstie Alley who summed up the media's reaction to Trump's recovery, by replying to Collins: