Tipped forward in Pennsylvania. Photo by Evan Vucci/AP
Cadet Bone Spurs just went to the Owens & Minor mask factory in Allentown PA., where he said health care workers dying during the pandemic was "a beautiful thing to see." Before he left, as usual tilted forward zombie-like on his lift shoes, he yelled at reporters next to a clattering helicopter, with his new flunky press person, that Obama's pandemic plan which for months he said didn't exist was no good because it was only a paper packet but now he has a better one, and it's in a binder! Ok, boomer. At the plant, Trump again didn't wear a mask because it would smear his orange make-up and he'd him look even more repulsive than usual; officials with him, and the workers, wore masks per federal guidelines. But he did deliver a mind-blowing, bone-chilling "speech," getting through one sentence before veering hideously off script. "The moment this terrible virus reached our shores, each of you has worked relentisly (sic) to get the vital supplies to our healthcare warriors," Trump told the workers. Then he lost it. "And they are warriors aren't they, when you see them going into those hospitals and they're putting the stuff that you deliver, but they're wrapping themselves, and the doors are opening, and they're going through the doors, and they're not even ready to go through those doors, they probably shouldn't, but they can't get there fast enough..." Really lost it. "And they're running into death just like soldiers run into bullets in a true sense, I see that with the doctors and the nurses and so many of the people that go into those hospitals...It's incredible to see. It's a beautiful thing to see."
There was more malfeasance. A trip ostensibly about a national crisis became a rally: "The press - they are a disaster," "Everything I said turned out to be right," "Look at you people all spread out (to carefully distanced workers) - we like it the old way a little bit better," "I work those hours too (from the clown who tweets, eats and watches Fox News all day), we're all working hard." And this: "We have more cases that anybody in the world. But why? Because we do more testing. When you test, you have a case. When you test you find something is wrong with people. If we didn't do any testing, we would have very few cases."As he spoke, the workers remained eerily silent. But people on social media did not. Faced with his crass celebration of others' deaths as "a beautiful thing to see" amidst a U.S. toll of over 86,500 - this from a guy who ran away from possible death five times - their rage, especially that of doctors' and nurses', was palpable: "NONE OF THIS IS BEAUTIFUL! NONE OF IT!" retorted one. Also: "HEALTHCARE WORKERS ARE NOT WARRIORS. We are American citizens who kiss our loved ones goodbye before heading out to do our jobs. We need PPE and protection from Covidiots...Hey, tough guy. Drive those boxes down to my RN wife’s hospital, where they're re-using masks for an 8-hr shift, and join in...As an ICU nurse that spent the last two weeks with Covid patients, this makes me white hot mad like the core of the sun imploding...As a physician and as a human being, I find this disgusting..." The horrified consensus: "This is a very sick motherfucker." Also, a very clueless one. The video of his speech was proudly posted by...the White House.
All of us here at the nurses station wearing recycled masks and reading this bullshit pic.twitter.com/6l22nqXAXi
— Dawn at the harbor (@Dawnattheharbor) May 14, 2020