The news this morning is that Donald Trump and Melania have both tested positive for the virus. This comes after the news last night that Hope Hicks, aide to the president tested positive and had recently traveled with the president on Air Force One and Marine One.
The conspiracy theorists are already at play saying they do not necessarily believe this, that it is a deflection tactic. So many people think he lies about so much, that there is no way of knowing what the real truth might be. Does this give him 14 days or more to step out of the public view and garner sympathy before the election?
I was trying to examine how I personally feel about it. First I am angry. This is a man who has poked fun at the most serious healthcare crisis in my lifetime. He has encouraged non-compliance with mask mandates a behavior which has put a nation at risk. And now, he has put our government at risk.
Like him or not, he holds the highest office in our country. What are the scenarios if he does, indeed, have the virus? If he is one of the fortunate ones and has nothing but light symptoms, he could use this to reinforce his diatribe that its no big deal. If he gets disabled or dies, Pence would become president. With no other Republican candidate on the ticket and the election only weeks away, what would happen to the election process?
Time for me to dig out my government books and see what our forefathers put in place to protect our government in the event of such a scenario.
The takeaway from this, for me, is not to ever let your guard down. The virus is out there. It waits for a host. If you exhibit risky behavior, you become a viable target.
Mask up and stay safe out there.