“It’s been a very interesting journey. I learned a lot about COVID. I learned it by really going to school. This is the real school. This isn’t the ‘let’s read the books’ school. And I get it, and I understand it, and it’s a very interesting thing, and I’m going to be letting you know about it.” —
President Trump, in a White House video hastily produced as frantic staffers scrambled to prepare Vice President Pence to take over the presidential golf cart.
This president does not learn. He has proven this on a daily basis since before he was sworn in, but rarely with as much brazen contempt for science and reckless disregard for the health and safety of others than his bizarre joyride Sunday at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
Despite being infected with a deadly infectious disease he downplayed as a flu-like nuisance that “affects virtually no one,” Trump forced a pair of Secret Service agents into a Chevy Suburban so he could wave to a dozen or so Cult 45 faithful, most not wearing masks or keeping their social distance.
Trump was wearing a mask and the agents were suited up in the appropriate PPE, but presidential vehicles are hermetically sealed to protect against chemical attack. The air in the SUV was no doubt thick with the coronavirus. Even if the Secret Service agents Trump needlessly endangered don’t get sick, they now must quarantine for at least 14 days. Why? Because the man they swore an oath to lay down their lives to protect needed a dose of hero worship after a long day of signing blank sheets of paper and “projecting strength.”
It should surprise no one that the virus caught up with Trump, or that he likely infected multiple people he came in contact with since he contracted it. Nor should it surprise anyone that even now, as he enjoys the best care socialized medicine can provide, he still doesn’t seem to grasp the gravity of his grave situation or the immense grief of the survivors of the more 214,000 Americans killed by COVID-19.
This president does not learn. God bless anyone who hasn’t learned that by now.