Germaphobe Trump is ‘definitely melting down’ over coronavirus crisis. But he still isn’t ready to cancel MAGA rallies: report
One the great ironies of the coronavirus threat is that although President Donald Trump has downplayed its severity, he has a reputation for being a major germaphobe. Journalist Gabriel Sherman, this week in Vanity Fair, reports that Trump is still as much of a “germaphobe” as ever — while treating coronavirus like a battle with his political enemies and insisting that the situation is under control in the United States.
“As Trump pushes a nothing-to-see-here message in public, sources said he’s privately terrified about getting the virus,” Sherman reports. One of Vanity Fair’s sources, according to Sherman, said that Trump is so paranoid that he believes journalists will try to contract coronavirus on purpose in order to give it to him on Air Force One.
That source told Vanity Fair that Trump is “definitely melting down over this.”
Vanity Fair also interviewed some other sources about Trump’s famous fear of germs. Sam Nunberg, a former Trump aide, told Vanity Fair, “When I worked for Trump, he was obsessed with Ebola.” And another source, described by Sherman as a “famous Republican,” told the publication, “Donald is a famous germaphobe. He hates it if someone is eating nachos and dips a chip back in after taking a bite. He calls them ‘double dippers.’”
Nonetheless, Sherman reports, Trump isn’t letting his germaphobia get in the way of MAGA rallies even though “pressure from the public health community is mounting” and he is being urged to cancel them. A source described by Sherman as a “former West Wing official” told Vanity Fair, “He is going to resist until the very last minute. He may take suggestions to stop shaking hands, but in terms of shutting stuff down, his position is, ‘No, I’m not going to do it.’”