Flouting Ginsburg’s Dying Wish Puts Trump’s Own Life — And the Nation — In Grave Danger

Dr. Dion
Dr. Dion
Oct 3, 2020 · 6 min read

Where we stand 31 days before the election.

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Last night, Donald John Trump, the 74-year-old, morbidly obese, 45th President of the United States was flown to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for the first night of a God-only-knows-how-long hospital stay. Twenty hours earlier, he announced via Twitter that he and First Lady Melania had contracted the novel coronavirus.

This White House is notoriously dishonest (in fact, during this very writing Trump’s own physician came out and reported that the President was diagnosed with Covid-19 a full day-and-a-half earlier than we heard about it on Twitter) and this President is rabidly obsessed with the projection of strength, so it is quite hard to know with certainty, when and where the First Couple were infected, what officials knew and when they knew it, how much of the information we receive is complete and truthful, or how serious the President’s condition really is.

Having said that, some things are becoming clearer by the day through media reports and irrefutable facts. It appears that the President recently hosted a superspreader event when he invited dozens of high ranking Republican officials, friends, colleagues and family to the Supreme Court nomination ceremony of Amy Coney Barrett in the White House Rose Garden.

Clara Spera, the granddaughter of the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg, announced upon Ginsburg’s death that her dying wish had been that the president elected in November 2020 and inaugurated in January 2021 would nominate her successor to the Supreme Court. Within hours of hearing this, Trump alternately accused Rep. Adam Schiff, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Sen. Chuck Schumer of creating this “fake news.” He promptly announced that he would nominate her successor that weekend, graciously giving her family and her country a few days to mourn before, on to the next one!

It appears that the Saturday nomination events at the White House — two indoor receptions in the Diplomatic and Cabinet Rooms and the outdoor reception — were enough to cripple the administration and the President’s re-election campaign. At this writing, the known infected who attended these events are:

President Trump

First Lady Melania

Sen. Mike Lee

Sen. Thom Tillis

WH Advisor Kellyanne Conway

Trump Campaign Manager Bill Stepien

WH Advisor Hope Hicks

Notre Dame President Rev. John Jenkins

The nation understandably has questions about what all this means for the next few months, our national security, the looming Supreme Court battle and more. Here is where we are (maybe) and where we are headed (probably) and what to expect (possibly):

Supreme Court — Sen. Mitch McConnell will do anything to confirm a sixth conservative justice to the SCOTUS, and anything really means everything. There are some signs of trouble though as two of the recently infected are Sens. Tillis and Lee who both serve on the Senate Judiciary Committee which holds hearings on judicial nominees. Much will hinge on their speedy recovery and the time it takes them to return to their regular Senate duties. Tillis is also in a close re-election fight that he is currently losing — I wrote about it extensively here — so falling ill and having to isolate at this time is just bad, bad news for him.

Additionally, though the nominee herself and her husband, Jesse, have already had the coronavirus, it is not clear that her family has, including her seven children who were in attendance at the ceremony. While there has never been more excitement on the right about drastically altering the high court and changing the course of American history — I wrote about it extensively here — if the superspreading continues apace between now and the beginning of the hearings, Barrett, Trump, Judiciary Committee Chair Lindsey Graham and even McConnell will have to stop and consider the optics of stepping over dozens of weak and infected corona-sufferers on their way to usurp Ginsburg’s SCOTUS seat from the President that the people will choose in precisely one month.

The Presidency — President Trump is sick. He spent last night in the hospital. He will spend more nights in the hospital. To say this is unusual is an understatement. No president in modern times has had extended hospital stays (unless you insist on considering Ronald Reagan’s tenure modern times). We know that his situation is serious because Trump would rather grind glass with his teeth than be perceived as weak and though he and the First Lady were both diagnosed with the coronavirus, she is being treated at home. He is not.

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The irresponsibility that Trump has shown in the care of himself, his staff, his supporters and the nation he helms is — by itself — disqualifying for the presidency. A nation that would re-elect this reckless and imprudent man will ultimately get exactly what it is begging for — calamity — just as Trump did.

The current line of succession allows that Vice President Pence will conduct the duties of the presidency if Trump is unable to. Pelosi will step in if Pence is ever unable to. These abstract ideas have just become discrete; Pence was at the superspreader event and has intermittently catered to the President’s desire to refrain from wearing masks when with him.

There is also some risk to former Vice President Joe Biden who spent considerable time in the presence of the obviously-already-infected President Trump at Tuesday night’s debate. By the most unscientific of measurements, the podiums where the candidates stood were 12–14 feet apart, well beyond the recommended six feet of separation. However, Trump spewed his viral load from his podium toward Biden’s for an hour-and-a-half which drastically increases the likelihood of infection (see “why churchgoing during Covid-19 is a bad idea”).

The heart of the nation does — and should — go out to the President and First Lady during this time — I wrote about it extensively here. However, while people of faith pray for his full and quick recovery, it in no way negates the fact that President Trump created the very dynamic that was going to inevitably ensnare him, his loved ones, staff, legislative and judicial colleagues, and potentially thousands more. The only shock is that it took this long for him to contract the virus. The irresponsibility that Trump has shown in the care of himself, his staff, his supporters and the nation he helms is — by itself — disqualifying for the presidency. A nation that would re-elect this reckless and imprudent man will ultimately get exactly what it is begging for — calamity — just as Trump did.

The gig is up. The lid has been blown off. The real hoax has been exposed and — unfortunately — it’s laying in a hospital bed at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

The Election — Joe Biden will win. Democrats will flip the Senate. They will retain the House. They will likely expand the Supreme Court — yes, I wrote about it extensively here. The reason these predictions are almost a certainty is simple. Trump is his presidential campaign. No Trump — no campaign. Trump is the Republican party. No Trump — no Republican party.

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A covid-infected Trump can not go to South Carolina and stump for a desperate Graham who has taken to begging for money on his Fox News appearances.

A hospitalized Trump can not make four trips to NC in October as he did in September to boost Tillis’ chances in the home stretch.

Trump’s base is Trump’s base. They don’t want to see Pence. They will not crowd mask-less into airport hangars for Rudy Guiliani.

The four horsemen of Fox News (Carlson, Hannity, Pirro and Ingraham) can not convince them to take to the polls (or the streets).

A covid-infected, hospitalized Trump can not shoot euphoria into the veins of his supporters with his bluster about the lack of severity, seriousness and strength of the virus.

He can not comfort them with fables about masks being only for the weak and scared, about outside gatherings being completely safe, about a pie-in-the-sky vaccine being distributed in trick-or-treat bags by the US military by month’s end, about it all going away on November 4th because it was always only a Democratic hoax anyway!

The gig is up. The lid has been blown off. The real hoax has been exposed and — unfortunately — it’s laying in a hospital bed at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

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