Opinion: Trump has COVID. Is this a surprise?

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President Donald Trump has tested positive for COVID-19. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

President Donald Trump has COVID-19 and this is not surprising. By his careless attitude and actions regarding the global pandemic, it was inevitable that he would contract the virus.

Even after knowing Hope Hicks, a close personal aid had contracted the virus he continued to attend a fundraising event. This is the action of someone who has no regard for human life or the consequences of possibly exposing others to the virus.

Trump has continually disregarded scientific evidence and treatment plans on how to deal with the COVID pandemic. In the weeks leading to the unsurprising conclusion, he held multiple rallies and fundraisers all maskless and in close quarters.

President Trump mocked former vice president Joe Biden for wearing a mask to the presidential debate, as was required to attend.

Biden and his running mate Senator Kamala Harris have tested negative for COVID.

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Yet, the city of Cleveland, Ohio, where the presidential debates were hosted has already had 11 positive cases of COVID linked to the debate preparation. Trump’s family and some campaign staff were seen not wearing masks in the audience, which was against protocol.

Because of President Trump’s campaign strategy to be in opposition to wearing masks and following the Center for Disease Control guidelines, the people in the highest positions of government were infected with COVID. Melania Trump, the first lady of the United States; Kellyanne Conway, former White House counselor; Bill Stepien, the President’s campaign manager; and three Senators have tested positive for COVID.

According to CNN reporters Maeve Reston and Gregory Krieg in an article, these people were likely infected at Trump’s announcement of his supreme court nominee Amy Coney Barrett.

Trump’s dismissal of the COVID pandemic has already impacted 200,000 plus American families who have lost someone to this crisis.

“I heard we have one of the lowest, maybe the lowest, mortality rate anywhere in the world,” Trump said.

This is a lie. The United States has the highest number of cases and the most overall deaths. While it is true other countries have higher deaths per capita, or in proportion to the country’s population, the United States is still in the top ten badly affected countries.

Kristin Urquiza, an audience member of the presidential debate, expressed frustration with the violations of protocol. Her father died from COVID due to the ease of restrictions in Arizona by Gov. Doug Ducey, even as COVID infections were at an all high.

“How many people must die before we deliver what the American people deserve: a coordinated data-driven, national response to this pandemic,” Urquiza said.

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