He didn't mean to confess. He'll deny he confessed, call it a lie, Fake News.
Donald Trump confessed yesterday in a tweet he sent from Walter Reed hospital where he's being treated for Covid-19.
"I learned a lot about Covid. I learned it by really going to school. This is the real school. This isn't a 'let's read a book school.' And I get it and I understand it."
Donald Trump has spent the past eight months surrounded by medical experts warning this self-absorbed man about the Covid-19 virus and the danger it posed to the American people. He set up a Covid-19 task force headed by his vice president, Mike Pence.
Even as 210,000 Americans died, Trump ignored the experts, often disagreeing with them, sometimes ridiculing them. He rejected social distancing, face masks, the lot at an endless succession of political rallies and other group gatherings. He ignored it aboard Air Force One. He dispensed with it at White House events, receptions.
The death of campaign supporter, Herman Cain, who sought to rally blacks to Trump, didn't matter. Trump rejected the suggestion that Cain contracted the virus by appearing, unmasked, in the midst of a crowd at the Tulsa rally.
Even after Cain received his -19 diagnosis, he remained stalwart in his Trump-like opposition to wearing masks. When Governor Kristi Noem, of South Dakota, announced earlier this month that masks would not be required for those attending Trump’s recent Mount Rushmore visit, Cain tweeted his support from the hospital, in all caps: “PEOPLE ARE FED UP!” Block told me, “When hit, he was very careful about doing the things C.D.C. said. So I was a little surprised by the picture you saw of him in Tulsa without a mask on.” He added, “Maybe he made an exception that day.” He went on, “He’d done a lot of travelling that week, who knows where he got it.”
Trump, who yesterday said he now 'gets' Covid, he now understands it, revealed all he understands is how it affects him. He made that plain yesterday when he staged a cruise outside Walter Reed to wave at well-wishers just after he said he gets it.
Frank Bruni writes there's no end to Donald Trump's mendacity.
What is clear amid all this defensive murkiness is that Trump’s dismissive attitude toward the virus became its accomplice, as his disdain for masks and perverse sense of invincibility translated into a packed calendar of events and blasé behavior by the people attending them that amounted to epidemiological suicide.
Illness isn’t illuminating him, not to judge by a stunt he pulled early Sunday evening, when he left Walter Reed National Military Medical Center briefly to ride past and wave at supporters outside. Although he wore a mask, “Every single person in the vehicle during that completely unnecessary Presidential ‘drive-by’ just now has to be quarantined for 14 days,” Dr. James P. Phillips, an attending physician at Walter Reed, wrote on Twitter. “They might get sick. They may die. For political theater. Commanded by Trump to put their lives at risk for theater. This is insanity.”
In his hospital video Trump also said he had met a lot of wonderful soldiers since he reached Walter Reed. What was it, some kind of Covid "meet and greet" with wounded soldiers?
Trump says he now understands Covid-19 yet he shows little evidence of his supposed epiphany. He is not changing. There will be no reformation. And Donald Trump's fingerprints will be on tens of thousands of corpses of Americans who never ought to have died.