Thanks to the Guardian, we may have some insight into why Mark Meadows decided to cooperate with the House Select Committee. They secured a copy of his upcoming book, “The Chief’s Chief.” He is going to be on Trump’s shit list anyway, so he might as well cooperate. Everyone fancies themselves authors these days and conceitedly believe people care about their memoirs. While much of Meadows’ book will likely be a study in self-absorption, it does tell us more about how little Trump cared about the spread of Covid.
Testing positive three days before his first presidential debate with Joe Biden, Trump couldn’t have cared less who he infected. Meadows detailed how, on September 26, Trump’s White House physician reached out to him as Trump was heading to a rally in Pennsylvania and said: “Stop the president from leaving. He just tested positive for Covid.” Meadows tried to clean things up by claiming that the positive test was done “with an old model kit” and that Trump was re-tested with an antigen test called “the Binax system,” which was negative. The FDA had already earmarked that test as unreliable and that it “should not be used as the sole basis for treatment or patient management decisions, including infection control decisions.” Does anyone out there think Trump gave a damn? It was only a few days following the debate that Trump announced that both he and Melania had tested positive for Covid, so the initial positive was correct. Before that announcement came, however, he made sure to show just how little he thought of others by attending several events.
On the day Trump initially tested positive, he held a ceremony for Amy Coney Barrett in the White House Rose Garden. At least 12 people tested positive following that aptly named super spreader event—12 people took Covid with them and spread it to who knows how many others. Then, the very next day, Trump held a reception at the White House for Gold Star families and an indoor press briefing, followed by a visit to his golf club in Virginia. On September 28, he met with workers from Lordstown Motors and held yet another event in the Rose Garden. The next day, September 29, he appeared at the presidential debate. Then, only three days later, Trump went public that he tested positive—the day before—and was hospitalized that evening. Then, he had the nerve—though not surprising—to lie about testing positive to NBC News during an interview.
According to Trump, the news about his positive result was “fake news.” No, Trump is fake news. He is a liar who put too many people in danger to name. Experts agree that one infected person can infect an average of 2 to 2 ½ others. Those 2 to 2 ½ people then continue the count. You get the picture. Trump was reckless and did not give one damn about who all he was exposing, yet people revere him and want him back in office. No, thank you.
Shirley is a former entertainment writer and has worked in the legal field for over 25 years