October 6, 2020
Can Trump Beat COVID-19 and Biden in the Same Month?
It looks like the president is going to make it… Despite the insane whining from the Left about his seemingly strong recovery, this is a good thing for the country. It’s too early to know for sure, as the president’s doctors continue to indicate. But with Trump heading home to the White House from Walter Reed Hospital after only a few days, his prognosis is looking very positive.
This is promising for America, the economy, and Trump’s presidential reelection.
Meanwhile, the national news media has treated the president’s diagnosis as an opportunity for some of the most deranged conspiracy theories imaginable. Over the last 72 hours, we’ve seen reporters and pundits engage in wild speculation about his condition.
The only constants in the media “analysis” have been that either the president is in much worse shape than he’s saying, he’s lying, or both… Whatever goodwill one would usually expect from the press for a hospitalized Leader of the Free World was minimal. There was certainly some excessive fascination – and even some poorly hidden excitement – at reports over the weekend that the president had oxygen levels dropping below normal and that his condition was concerning.
Then there was the breathless rage from the press when the president took a short drive outside Walter Reed to wave to supporters who had gathered. Yes, it was political theater, but at a time when the markets were rattled and millions of Americans were concerned about his health, this show of optimism from Trump had a positive effect on a deeply concerned nation.
After months of chants about racist and murdering law-enforcement officers, Democrats may have a hard time convincing the public that their newfound concern for the Secret Service’s wellbeing is anything other than opportunistic.
When Trump’s personal physician announced Monday the president was being released from Walter Reed back to the White House, the news had already gotten out through Trump’s favorite information channel… He tweeted yesterday at 2:37 p.m…
I will be leaving the great Walter Reed Medical Center today at 6:30PM. Feeling really good! Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life. We have developed, under the Trump Administration, some really great drugs and knowledge. I feel better than I did 20 years ago!
For supporters of the president, this is an answer to a prayer. But this is also happening during the peak of the most vicious presidential election in living memory, during an unprecedented pandemic lockdown. Every aspect of Trump’s recovery has been politicized, including positive early news about what will hopefully continue to be a rapid full recovery.
From an epidemiological standpoint, the speed of treatment for one case isn’t significant. It has been known for months that the likelihood of surviving a COVID-19 infection, even for a man in his 70s, is quite high. The president has always had the odds deeply in his favor.
That said, the perception shift of a strong Trump recovery will be far beyond a single case. This is the president of the United States we are talking about, so everything about him is magnified… Trump is also 74 years old and, to put it delicately, is of substantial-enough girth for it to be considered an added risk during a COVID-19 fight. If he can beat the virus quickly, maybe tens of millions of people under 65 without co-morbidities can, as Trump put it, stop letting it “dominate” their lives.
Trump successfully fighting through this virus may become a metaphor for a country that is finally turning the corner of the pandemic. His triumphant comeback from COVID-19 transitions into a comeback for the economy! The slogans almost write themselves…
As a political matter, such a major shift toward optimism could be catastrophic for the Democrats. Joe Biden’s campaign prefers a country that is desperate, afraid, angry… and masked up at all times. If sympathy and support for Trump during his illness turn into improved poll numbers, Trump’s illness may become the turning point for his campaign.
But that’s getting ahead of where we currently are. For now, the president is on the right track. It’s going to be a week at least before we know if he really has beaten the virus. And one thing we have learned for certain during this precarious 2020 election year… nobody can predict the future.
Now here are some of the stories we’re reading…
Dow jumps 465 points as Trump prepares to head home
The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 465 points or 1.6%, while the S&P 500 rose 1.8% and the Nasdaq Composite over 2.3%. As stocks rallied, money moved out of bonds pushing the yield on the 10-year treasury to 0.76% – the highest since June.
America’s permanent job losses continue to rise
The economy has experienced a partial snapback from the depths of the crisis. But seven months later, many businesses remain closed. Many have gone bankrupt. And the effects of the prolonged economic pause are rippling out in the form of real economic pain.
IRS Must Pay $100 Million Worth Of $1,200 Stimulus Checks, Judge Orders In Prisoners’ Lawsuit
As of May 2020, at least 80,000 incarcerated individuals were eligible for economic impact payments of over $100 million…
Venice holds back the water for first time in 1,200 years
At high tide, St Mark’s Square – which starts flooding at just 90 centimeters, and should have been knee-deep – was pretty much dry, with only large puddles welling up around the drains. The square’s cafes and shops, which often have to close for hours on end, remained open…
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Executive Editor, American Consequences
With P.J. O’Rourke and the Editorial Staff
October 6, 2020