Courtesy of Politico:

President Donald Trump on Tuesday continued to downplay the coronavirus and suggested the United States should learn to live with the pandemic, posting to Twitter hours after returning to the White House from being hospitalized with Covid-19.

In his morning tweet, the president likened the highly contagious disease that has killed nearly 210,000 Americans to the seasonal flu, reprising a misleading comparison he repeatedly invoked in the early stages of the U.S. outbreak.

“Flu season is coming up! Many people every year, sometimes over 100,000, and despite the Vaccine, die from the Flu,” Trump wrote. “Are we going to close down our Country? No, we have learned to live with it, just like we are learning to live with Covid, in most populations far less lethal!!!”

In fact, the most deaths to have resulted from a flu season in the U.S. over the past decade is estimated to be roughly 61,000 in 2017-2018, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, well below the president’s claim of 100,000 or more. Over the past 10 years, an average of just under 36,000 Americans have died annually from the flu. More than 200,000 Americans have died from Covid since the virus emerged early this year.

Here is Trump claiming that he was being a leader by getting sick, and suggesting that he is immune. 

That’s insane!

For those who thought that being infected by this virus would humble Donald Trump or suddenly make him more compassionate, I guess now you know that will never happen. 

Instead what he has done is to downplay the severity of the illness while receiving a cocktail of experimental drugs and the kind of top-notch care that is out of reach for the average American. 

People who are surviving their own bouts with the virus are finding themselves receiving medical bills that are in the tens of thousands of dollars, even if they have insurance. 

My own nephew had to simply get tested when he showed up at work with a cough,

Even though he tested negative he was still required to pay more than 400 dollars for the test. 

That is a lot when you are still in your teens. 

And then there are the potential after-effects of the virus which have sent many people back to the doctor when they thought they were out of the woods, and even led to dozens if not hundreds of deaths. 

Telling the American people that this is just like the flu and that they should just live with it, may be the most egregious example of presidential malpractice that we have seen from this asshole yet.