Trump’s Contempt for the Sick and Disabled Is Written All Over His Covid-19 Response – City Watch

CORONA WATCH--Donald Trump loves parades. In 2018, for no particular reason other than to gratify himself, he organized a military parade in his honor. But as plans for the parade developed, Trump insisted on excluding wounded veterans because nobody wants to see amputees, according to anexplosive new piece inThe Atlantic. In general, Jeffrey Goldberg writes, Several observers told me that Trump is deeply anxious about dying or being disfigured, and this worry manifests itself as disgust for those who have suffered. (Photo above: President Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. Photo: Jeff Swensen/Getty Images).

Although Trumps willingness to denigrate wounded and fallen soldiers flies in the face of American norms, hes done it before. In 2015, hecalled Sen. John McCain a loserfor getting captured during the Vietnam War, and one year later, hemocked Ghazala Khan, the mother of a fallen U.S. soldier. Whats different about the latest reporting on Trumps comments is that it comes as were mired in a terrible medical crisis, when his terror of sickness is shaping his bungled response and endangering all of us.

I think weve generally underestimated the policy implications of Trumps disgust toward sickness, though the evidence of his sentiments has been present from the start of his political career. He infamously mimed fake spasmodic gestures to mockNew York Timesreporter Serge Kovaleski just months into his campaign in 2015. (Less infamous was right-wing pundits defense of Trump then: Ann Coulter said Trump was just doing a standard retard, waving his arms and sounding stupid, as if somehow that made it better.) He described the Paralympics as tough to watch. He constantly mocked Hillary Clinton for alleged signs of age and illness in 2016,pretending to wobble and faintat one campaign event, questioning her stamina, andpromoting conspiracy theoriesthat Clinton has conditions including strokes, Parkinsons disease, and epilepsy; now he and his campaign aredoing the same to Joe Biden.Perhaps most ominously, he has repeatedlyendorsed policiesthat would cut health care for disabled Americans. (Read the rest)

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