Conservative columnist: Trump doesn’t care about his own health or the health of others
The coronavirus pandemic has killed more than 115,800 people in the United States and over 434,300 people worldwide (according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore), and the death count continues to increase in the U.S. every day. Regardless, Trump is determined to go through with a large MAGA rally planned for this Saturday, June 20 in Tulsa, Oklahoma — and conservative opinion writer Jennifer Rubin, in her Washington Post column, points to that event as an example of Trump’s total disregard for the health of Americans.
“Trump is more than willing to create health hazards for himself and others,” Rubin asserts. “His infamous refusal to wear a mask puts aides and visitors at risk while increasing the chance he might contract the coronavirus. His insistence on holding a mass indoor rally with people who scorn mask-wearing, the first in Tulsa, has now become the focus of health officials.”
Trump’s own health may be deteriorating, but, more important, he is willing to put thousands of Americans at risk.… https://t.co/SwkJ7OKy6l— Jennifer 'Vote Early' Rubin (@Jennifer 'Vote Early' Rubin)1592242717.0
Dr. Bruce Dart, director of the Tulsa Health Department, has implored Trump to postpone his June 20 MAGA rally — warning, “COVID is here in Tulsa, it is transmitting very efficiently. I wish we could postpone this to a time when the virus isn’t as large a concern as it is today.” But Trump, Rubin notes, has ignored Dart’s warning.
“Trump is unlikely to listen,” Rubin laments. “His massive ego must be fed, his thirst for applause from his cult quenched.”
Rubin notes that Dr. Anthony Fauci, who is part of Trump’s coronavirus task force and heads the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has been warning that coronavirus still poses a major risk in the U.S. and told ABC News’ Jonathan Karl, “The best way that you can avoid either acquiring or transmitting infection is to avoid crowded places, to wear a mask whenever you’re outside. And if you can do both, avoid the congregation of people and do the mask, that’s great. If you’re going to be in a situation where — beyond your control — there’s a lot of people around you, make sure you wear a mask.”
But Trump, according to Rubin, refuses to take such warnings seriously.
The president, she writes, “is willing to put thousands of Americans at risk. Even in ordinary times, a president this reckless would be a danger. Given the pandemic, Trump’s willingness to help spread the virus is reason enough to vote him out. It would be a lifesaving service for those he would continue to expose.”