So much for the magical thinking of Trump world, where COVID-19 is minimized, if it’s considered at all. Donald Trump Jr.’s girlfriend, Kimberly Guilfoyle, in South Dakota with Junior to speak at a fundraiser and celebrate the fireworks show with Trump at Mt. Rushmore, has tested positive for the coronavirus. New York Times:
Ms. Guilfoyle is the third person in possible proximity to Mr. Trump known to have contracted the virus. A personal valet who served Mr. Trump his food and the press secretary for Vice President Mike Pence tested positive for the virus in May.
IMs. Guilfoyle was not experiencing symptoms, the person familiar with her condition said. She and the younger Mr. Trump never met up with the president’s entourage, the person said. Out of caution, the couple plans to drive back from South Dakota to the East Coast, the person said.
Still, that another person who was expected to be near Mr. Trump tested positive — and someone who most staff aides consider a member of the Trump family — is likely to renew attention around potential risks to the president.
Even as outbreaks have emerged in the South and West and as states across the country report a record number of cases each day, White House officials — and Mr. Trump in particular — have minimized their focus on the virus in public appearances. In an interview on Wednesday, the president indicated that he believed the virus was “going to sort of just disappear.”
Trump and entourage are very reckless. They play fast and loose with the truth and they’re careless, at a time of national emergency. It’s good that this happened. Not wishing anything bad on Guilfoyle, I’m indifferent to her, but the attendant publicity should help to focus the fact that COVID-19 is not a hoax, nor a political issue. It is a real and serious health menace. Clearly, it strikes the just and the unjust alike.