During the Trump Era, snarkiness has become the order of the day among ever so many Democrats and among other people who are seriously concerned about the future of our exceptional nation.
Donald Trump hates the New York Times, which, two years ago, he labelled as “The Failing New York Times” when that eminent newspaper began investigating his taxes.
Nicholas Kristof, a prominent and widely read opinion columnist at the Times, has never, ever minced words about his low opinion of Trump.
Two days ago, Kristof wrote "Trump’s Diagnosis Is a Wake-Up Call for Americans,” in which he said that this is not a time for snakiness over Trump's involuntary stay at Walter Reed (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/03/opinion/sunday/trump-coronavirus-infection.html?referringSource=articleShare).
Here’s what really caught our attention this morning from Kristof’s piece: “After the announcement that they [Mr. and Mrs. Trump] had tested positive for the coronavirus, I tweeted that I hope we can all remain civil, avoid snark, seek lessons and wish the Trumps a swift recovery. The result was an outpouring of gloating and snark — one person responded that ‘my thoughts and prayers go out to the virus.’ "
Given his background in ministry, your solitary reporter has frequently been asked whether it’s possible for sincere Christians to be happy that Trump’s been hospitalized with what increasingly looks like a very serious case of the Dreaded Covid-19.
But Kristof answered all of that for us, without regard for what would happen if power were to be transferred to Mike Pence.
We here at AP did note, however, that the Biden Campaign, upon learning of Trump’s illness, promptly took down their anti-Trump negative ads, for a time at least.
But the Trump campaign — which is down by eight polints in Red
Arizona — did not reciprocate.
Today, Trump, an obese 74-year old man who cares only about himself, and not about the 209,000 Americans who have died from the coronavirus, condescended to wear a mask as he walked from his helicopter to the South Portico of the White House. He walked up the steps and took off his mask while a photographer, appropriately wearing a mask, was within a mere two feet of him to take photographs.
Before he went back into the Peoples’ White House, Trump stood there on the balcony preening for a long time for what will obviously be a big big TV ad for his desperate attempt to keep his job.
Before he left the hospital, he tweeted that nobody should worry about the coronavirus.
The consensus of medical experts not in Trump’s employ is that by leaving Walter Reed before completing his necessary treatment, he left the hospital against medical advice. This was the strong opinion of Dr. Leona Wen, the former Health Commissioner of Baltimore, who is a frequent guest on Judy Woodruff’s PBS NewHour.
The one event which seemingly caused Trump, Melania, and numerous high-level Republican operatives, including campaign manager Bill Stepien and RNC Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel, to come down with the coronavirus is the celebratory event that Trump held in the Rose Garden when he, swelling with pride at his ability to nominate to the Supreme Court a person whom he has no business nominating — and who will most definitely vote to overrule Roe v. Wade — held the event with very few people wearing face masks.
Our Chief Medical Correspondent, associate solitary reporter Dan McGuiness, MD, who has a much broader audience than CNN’s Sanjay Gupta, says that Trump is really sick, but that he’s likely to recover, despite the joyride he took in his limousine to show his few remaining supporters that he’s still alive, seriously endangering his Secret Service escorts, who will have to be quarantined for two weeks.
Turning to other matters of moment, poor old Mitch McConnell — Mitch has a problem. Three of his Republican colleagues in the Senate have tested positive for Covid. That’s forced the most successful Senate strategist since LBJ to delay his rush-through confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett.
But McConnell, who has an iron grip on his Senate, has been working for decades to change the composition of our federal judiciary, especially the Supreme Court, into a bastion of Republican conservatism.
Our Chief Congressional Correspondent, associate solitary reporter Melissa Smith, who reports directly to us and to DNC Chair Tom Perez, has been walking the halls of the Senate with no sleep, looking for Republican senators other than Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski and Maine’s Susan Collins, who will stand up to McConnell’s power grab.
So far, we are sad to say, Smith has found none.