“You know our doctors get more money if somebody dies from Covid.”
It’s not that Donald Trump has lacked for vile, stupid comments since he’s been president. In fact, his entire life has been saturated with repulsive pronouncements, the oafish dribble that can be attributed to sheer stupidity.
His rallies are jammed together with rabid dullards who cheer wildly at every grievance that falls from his lips. It’s there where he tries out many of his paranoiac explanations for the infinite number of failures that has defined his time in office.
None is more glaring than the utter disaster that has defined his leadership during the pandemic. As he argues we are “turning the corner” in subduing the lethal coronavirus, the nation is exploding in new cases of Covid — to the tune of about 100,000 each day. Altogether since the crisis began, nearly a quarter million have died.
Although most experts say both figures are undercounts, the president preposterously argues they are inflated. Which brings us back to his latest slander:
“You know our doctors get more money if somebody dies from Covid.”
He is talking about the medical practitioner saviors who have routinely risked their health on the front lines and the more than 1,000 who have actually lost their lives combatting the coronavirus. Those are the ones who the Trumpster accuses of somehow gaining financial benefit from this scourge. That would be a gross obscenity of the first order, except it’s just another day in office for the rancid mentality of Donald Trump. He has publicly insulted war heroes, minority victims of fatal police brutality, immigrants who want to begin a new life in this country, women, any politician or legal entity who gets in his way, old people, young people, reporters — you name it, he is an equal opportunity blasphemer.
Now he’s gone after doctors, nurses and all the other providers who have exhausted themselves in the Covid battle. Why? Because he can, plus it is part of his rabble-rousing campaign, plus he simply gets an ego rush doing it.
There is always a horrified reaction to his latest affront to decency:
“The suggestion that doctors — in the midst of a public health crisis — are overcounting Covid-19 patients or lying to line their pockets is a malicious, outrageous and completely misguided charge.” That was from Susan R. Bailey, the president of the American Medical Association. But she was wasting her time.


Trump thrives on ignorant blasphemy. Now he’s even threatening to fire Dr. Anthony Fauci, who has the widespread credibility as a counterweight to Trump’s various pandemic inanities. That would be just fine with his base. The millions who support him experience near rapture from every one of his mindless slurs, threats or outright lies. They feed into their primal feelings that they are victimized by a society that celebrates expertise, left behind and unwilling to do the hard work to address the complicated reasons why. They are ripe for a demagogue like Donald Trump.
He “speaks his mind,” they explain — never mind that he has the mind of a shill. He has conned his way out of debilitating bankruptcy and other accountability for his shady business practices, which he has shamelessly brought into his presidency.
It might catch up to him if he is extricated from the White House. There is a whole roster of crimes that various prosecutors are chomping at the bit to investigate, to say nothing of the gazillions that are threatened in lawsuits.
His legal situation is a plausible explanation for his increasingly outlandish tactics and desperate attempts to hold on to power. Even if a massive vote against him makes any post-election mischief impossible to sustain, he still has that period of time after his re-election rejection. By Joe Biden’s inauguration, if there is a Biden presidency when Trump is thrown out, Donald Trump will leave the nation enfeebled, with no doctor in the world capable of repairing the damage.

© 2020 Bob Franken
Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.


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