His allies have tried to link the president’s experience to the pain of millions of Americans affected by the deadly virus, but they failed to use the experience to send a broader message about a pandemic in which the Some 210,000 people were killed in the US Instead, in a series of television appearances and tweets, they presented evidence of Trump’s resilience, claiming he was over the disease.
He and his deputies are now portraying that the president personally defeated the virus – and they continue to bypass any evidence of complicity in its spread while largely ignoring it terrible signs of his condition.
Their defense is to advance the president’s diagnosis almost as an upgrade to his qualifications. Trump’s team has piggybacked the campaign’s criticism of Joe Biden as the challenger banished to his basement, portraying the president’s Covid case as an insight into the disease the Democratic Practice candidate could never have.
“He has experience as a commander in chief. He has experience as a businessman, ”a Trump campaign spokeswoman Erin Perrine told Fox News on Monday. “He now has experience fighting the coronavirus as an individual. He doesn’t have that firsthand experience, Joe Biden. ”
In one Video Trump told his supporters on Sunday that he had “learned a lot about Covid”.
“I learned by actually going to school,” said the president. “This is the real school. This is not the school where we can read the book. And I understand. And I understand And it’s a very interesting thing, and I’ll let you know about it. “
But the approach didn’t lead them Increase in public support that often follows a leader’s health crisis. His critics continue to wonder why he and his staff have consistently disregarded the advice of health officials to contain the spread of the disease. They point out that the recent outbreak of cases at the White House was likely linked to a series of personal events where the President’s allies rubbed their elbows in tight spaces without wearing masks.
Even after his diagnosis, the president continued to act in such a way that his employees were at risk of contagion. During a brief foray outside the hospital on Sunday, he greeted supporters of an armored, sealed SUV that may have brought intelligence agents into direct contact with the virus. It was a move that was meant to bolster support but resulted in a maddening of condemnation.
Trump’s camp has made it clear that the president’s stay in hospital – he was released Monday night – hasn’t changed their approach to the virus. The campaign caught Using Plexiglas separators on the upcoming Vice Presidential Debate and upon his arrival at the White House, Trump removed his mask for a photo op, though he’s likely still contagious.
If anything, empowering the president to meet any challenge at the expense of minimizing virus risks has become a topic of conversation.
“We will not surrender to the way Joe Biden would surrender to this virus,” Mercedes Schlapp, a Trump campaign advisor, told Fox News on Monday. “And at the end of the day, we know the president is fine.”
“Our campaign is running at full speed with Operation MAGA. We’re not going to stop, “she said, adding that” there are no loopholes in the campaign’s chain of command, “although her manager, Bill Stepien, checked positive for the virus.
Trump pleaded with supporters on Monday via Twitter: “Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life. We have developed some really great drugs and knowledge under the Trump administration. I feel better than 20 years ago!”
The tweet failed to take into account the fact that many of the people hardest hit by coronavirus rarely have access to the health care the president has received. It also undermines the serious warnings health experts have shared for months about the virus, which can have a myriad of effects on different people, from mild symptoms to organ failure.
Regardless, Trump’s allies in Congress have joined the president to get similar messages across. Senator Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) tweeted a video of Trump wrestling a man whose head has been replaced with a rendering of the coronavirus. MP Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) tweeted Monday: “President Trump does not have to recover from COVID. COVID has to recover from President Trump.”
“We learned two things, among other things, but two things caught my eye,” Senator John Kennedy (R-La.) Told Fox News. “Number one, it’s very contagious. And number two, it’s nowhere near as deadly as the experts told us.”