It’s too bad that while scientists search for a COVID-19 vaccine that they can’t also develop one that immunizes a person against stupidity and immaturity — because Donald Trump needs both. In a childish and epically selfish display of temperament Sunday, Trump left Walter Reed Hospital to go joyriding in an SUV and wave at his supporters. He did this because he has to let everybody know he is a big tough guy. In doing so, two Secret Service agents were forced to don PPE and now they will have to quarantine for 14 days. But hey, who cares? Trump had his moment in the spotlight and that trumps all, right? Daily Beast:
Via Twitter, Dr. James P. Phillips, an attending physician at Walter Reed, was more explicit in his condemnation of Trump’s actions. “That presidential SUV is not only bulletproof, but hermetically sealed against chemical attack,” Phillips wrote. “The risk of COVID-19 transmission inside is as high as it gets outside of medical procedures. The irresponsibility is astounding.”
Phillips wrote in an earlier tweet that the agents in the car would now need to be quarantined for 14 days after having been put at risk of severe illness or death “for political theater.”
The joyride was the latest sign of how the White House has been trying to manage the optics of the president’s illness.
Trump’s physician, Dr. Sean Conley, admitted on Sunday that he hid from the public how high the president’s fever got and the fact that he needed supplemental oxygen before being hospitalized because he wanted to present an “upbeat attitude.”
It’s all about show, but you knew that. This is all reality theater. Who cares if 200,000 people are dead. Trump doesn’t know any of them personally — oh well, yeah, Stan Chara, but he was old.
“God bless our president, I will die for him.”
Trump pulls a surprise drive-by visit with supporters outside Walter Reed Medical Center pic.twitter.com/EfUMDRgFVO
— Bloomberg QuickTake (@QuickTake) October 4, 2020
Every single person in the vehicle during that completely unnecessary Presidential “drive-by” just now has to be quarantined for 14 days. They might get sick. They may die. For political theater. Commanded by Trump to put their lives at risk for theater. This is insanity.
— Dr. James P. Phillips, MD (@DrPhillipsMD) October 4, 2020
Caligula wanted to make his horse a senator, because the theatricality of that appealed to his childish and cruel nature. Trump doesn’t care if he puts two of his gladiators at risk of death — why should he? It’s all about him and they are there to serve.
The joyride has been compared to Michael Jackson dangling the baby over the balcony. And we know from Jackson’s lawyer, the late Johnnie Cochran, that Jackson, “was in now way a mature man in his forties.” Neither is this clown a mature man in his seventies — but at least Jackson wasn’t the titular leader of the free world.
Another subbasement reached in the quest for “can you bottom this?” and another humiliation logged.