Not long after Trump escaped Arkham was released from Walter Reed hospital, his supporters started tweeting deranged memes of Trump kicking the ass of COVID-19, like it was an actual person. They also hadn’t received the memo from Trump’s campaign advisers that voters might prefer to see a president humbled by his battle with a disease that has killed more than 200,000 Americans. No, instead, Trump fanatics decided to go the other way.

Georgia Senator Kelly Loeffler tweeted that COVID-19 “stood no chance” against Trump. Did she see the guy on the Truman balcony? The virus’s chances are still pretty good.

Republicans insisted that Barack Obama deserved very little credit for killing Osama bin Laden. He might’ve given the order as commander-in-chief, but it was Navy SEALs who’d risk their lives carrying out the mission. Almost ten years later, they’re claiming Trump is solely responsible for beating back the virus. They don’t credit the doctors who also risked their lives treating him. Doctors don’t carry guns and don’t beat up diseases. They rely on medicine and science, and Republicans have a defiant anti-nerd platform.


Stephen Robinson

Stephen Robinson is a writer and social kibbitzer based in Portland, Oregon. He writes reviews for the A.V. Club and make believe for Cafe Nordo, an immersive theatre space in Seattle. He's also on the board of the Portland Playhouse theatre. His son describes him as a “play typer guy."


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