Super spreader Strong
Category: News & PoliticsVia: john-russell • 2 weeks ago • 41 comments
You would think that the president contracting the virus, requiring oxygen, becoming physically weak, and being airlifted to a hospital as a result of his own recklessness would disabuse his fans of believing that true strength comes from ignoring the virus and mocking precautions.
You would be wrong. They are taking the opposite approach.
The president’s physical frailty is now requiring him and his team to concoct a new strongman fantasy. One where he has only become frail because of his keen desire to FIGHT.
His daughter praised his RELENTLESS willingness to sign fake papers for the cameras. His top staffer said his video message was a shot at SLEEPY JOE and goes on “the shows” to mock Biden for using his mask as a prop. Breitbart attacked Bernie Sanders for having a socially distant outdoor crowd at an event for Biden’s campaign.
Trump is honing the “carelessly risking death is strong” pitch himself in his hospital video. “We have to confront problems. As a leader you have to confront problems, there has never been a great leader who would have done that.”
But nobody did a more full-throated job of demonstrating what this phony strength spin looks like than Greg Gutfeld :
He didn’t hide from the virus. The reason he didn’t hide from the virus is he didn’t want America to hide from the virus. He was going to do the same thing, he was going to walk out there on that battlefield with you, and not sit somewhere in a basement and tell you how you have to get back to work, but not go out himself. . . . So he took the risk, he got the virus, but he was doing it for us.
“The battlefield,” Gutfeld says. That’s how Trump showed his strength—by taking it to this girly virus and having irresponsible superspreader events all over the country!
The problem with this, which you know if you are here at The Bulwark —and not a little nerd who lost his sense of ironic distance when the Bad Orange Man performed orchidectomies on the boys of Fox—is playing tough for the cameras doesn’t defeat a virus.
To defeat a virus, you stay off the damn field and deprive it of vectors. You do not defeat the fucking novel coronavirus in an arm-wrestling match. You beat it by being smart and responsible and restrained and considerate of your neighbors.
Donald Trump is laying in Walter Reed right now because he didn’t understand that. Some 209,000 people are dead because he didn’t understand that.
How many more people have to die before these sycophants give up on the lie that being reckless means that, ackshually , Trump is a super-duper tough fighter man? 200,000 more? 400,000?
If that doesn’t make your blood pressure as high as mine, here’s a little bonus content on Gutfeld , who was “one of the more forceful critics of Trump’s equivocating on neo-Nazi marchers in 2017, but three years later he’s all-in on defending the president, now calls it a hoax.”