Relieved and Yet Horrified
Things in this pandemic can change at the drop of a hat. I have never seen anything like it.
First, I am relieved that I no longer believe Trump has any ability whatsoever to win a second term. His disinfection-injection comment was not sarcastic, as anyone who has actually seen it knows. And it could not be taken out of context because it was his context. It would be like the queen of England at Buckingham Palace, talking to reporters on live TV, not taking any questions, and then complaining her comments were taken out of context. Trump was literally home when he said what he said. He was not responding to a reporter. There was no back-and-forth, to-and-fro banter. He was at his podium in his residence. He is not the “stable genius” he claims to be. Now everyone knows he is a paranoid idiot. There is simply no recovering from those comments–ever.
The reason the comments are so permanently damaging is because they are emblematic of him. They take the worst aspects of his personality and coronate the caricature his political enemies have as common knowledge. His political enemies are now seen as experts and accurate in their assessments. His defenders now look as stupid as he has proven himself to be. To defend an idiot only proves that one is one. To defend the indefensible and dangerous only destroys one’s own reputation. Republicans can now either defend Trump and lose more people’s respect or they can try to distance themselves from Trump. I am looking forward to Trump crashing people’s rallies he was not invited to and then wanting to have his picture taken with them as they visibly try to pull away. Awkward.
There is no way for him to win again. There were two types of people that voted for Trump in 2016; actual Trump supporters and Hillary-haters. Hillary is not on any ballot anywhere now. Trump will try to change the topic to Hillary or Hunter Biden. That will be hilarious. Hillary can go on a speaking tour, saying whatever comes to her mind, and torture Trump. This coronavirus crisis is the only measuring stick against which Trump will be judged. Not Mrs. Clinton’s emails or the junior Biden’s behavior. He wanted it to be all about him. Congratulations. It worked. I truly believe that a well-dressed hamster could beat Trump in November. I don’t know of any Biden-haters. I feel so much better. I am very relieved.
Here is my horror: tracking and tracing the virus. This is what nobody is talking about. It is not possible. It, like all viruses as far as I know, can be spread asymptomatically. People without symptoms cannot get tested. This is not sexually transmitted. It took AIDS researchers years to figure out that a virus was responsible. They figured it out because of the French-Canadian airline steward Gaetan Dugas. Someone had sex with someone who had sex with someone who had sex with Dugas. He was responsible for much of the initial infections on both coasts. Some people call him “Patient Zero,” but obviously someone gave it to him first. However, the coronavirus is not an STD. When I go to Meijer to buy groceries and the place is packed, I cannot give you the name of anyone I come within six feet of. It just doesn’t work like that. I wish. Talking about tracking a virus that cannot be tracked sounds like a fool’s errand to me. We need to do what is possible (social distancing, wearing masks, etc.) and not waste our time with activities that yield so little results. I so wish there was more we could do besides testing and social distancing.