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Trump’s Diagnosis Calls Us to be Decent Humans

Last updated on August 25, 2021

President of the United States Donald Trump speaking at the 2018 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. (Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore)

Remember, let’s be polite; let’s be respectful, but most of all, let’s be outspoken.

On October 2, 2020, President Trump tweeted he and his wife tested positive for Coronavirus. The announcement came after Hope Hicks, a close advisor to the president, tested positive for the Coronavirus and 32 days before the Nov. 3rd presidential election prompting Trump to postpone campaign events.

According to USA Today, ten people who were in close contact with the president or White House Staff tested positive for Coronavirus. Six of the ten attended Trump’s announcement of his Supreme Court Nominee, Judge Barret, who has tested negative for the virus.

Furthermore, the president went to Walter Reed National Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, after feeling a “fever and fatigue.”

White House physician Sean P. Conley said late Friday that “the president is doing very well” and was not requiring any supplemental oxygen. Trump was receiving Remdesivir therapy and was resting comfortably, Conley said.

As always, Twitter showed the best of humanity.

When the president announced the news, “There is a God” was trending on Twitter. Also, Zara Rahim, a former Obama administration official and presidential campaign worker for Hillary Clinton, tweeted her opinion.

Former Warren campaign staffer Max Berger also shared his response.

Not to mention, several people on other social media platforms saying, “It is the happiest day in my life” and “Karma is a b*tch.”

That’s not to say people have not responded in a classy manner to the news of the president’s diagnosis. Democratic rival Joe Biden tweeted his hope for the president to recover.

People rationalized their crude response to the president’s diagnosis by saying since the president did not exhibit sympathy to the 200,000 people who died from the virus, he does not deserve sympathy. While the efficiency of the president’s COVID-19 response is debatable, my question is, do his actions justify your actions?

If his lack of sympathy is so morally unacceptable, then why are you mirroring his lack of sympathy? Every single time a politician, especially the president, announces he and his family’s health is at risk, we must practice basic human decency and acknowledge our best wishes, even if he would not have responded in the same way. If you want to see the president exhibit compassion, then you should begin with exhibiting that same compassion yourself. This is what Michelle Obama meant when she said, “When they go low, we go high.”

A politician or political figure’s death or diagnosis of a disease should always be unfortunate news.

For example, when Justice Ginsburg died, I acknowledged my strong disagreement with her stance on abortion, but that does give justification for a celebration of her death. Technically, she enabled millions of abortions, which I find to be unscrupulous, but I understood that her family was undergoing tremendous grief and sorrow. Thus, focusing on what made Ginsburg a notable icon was more appropriate then to attack her politics.

The same applies. Granted, I strongly disagree with the president on various issues and believe he had an incredibly weak response to the pandemic. However, that does not warrant a celebration of his illness. He is not a moral man, but he is still a father, husband, grandfather, and president. Basic human decency calls us to send our condolences to his family and a wish for a speedy recovery.

Remember, let’s be polite; let’s be respectful, but most of all, let’s be outspoken.

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