Donald Trump being infected by COVID is the embodiment of his own abject failure. As it turns out, truth is truth, science is science – and not everything is Obama’s fault. However much he has tried obfuscation, denial and dismissal of the pandemic and its 200,000 victims, even our “reality show” president could not outrun actual reality.
Nor can he outrun the reality of this election. As poll after poll makes clear, Vice President Biden is the odds-on favorite to become our next president. Which is why, yet again, Trump is reaching into his old bag of tricks in a reckless attempt to distract from his failure by undermining our election itself.
That Donald Trump would himself become infected was utterly predictable. As recently as during the debate last Wednesday, where the entire Trump contingent defied authorities by eschewing masks, Trump mocked Vice President Biden for wearing his, and for not holding “super spreader” events, events such as campaign rallies, Rose Garden receptions, and, perhaps most egregiously, fundraisers in Bedminster, all in callous disregard of indisputable facts.
As with the virus, so, too, the election. Trump’s latest litany of untruths and scare tactics are akin to his assault on masks and social distancing – and potentially as contagious. His repeatedly proclamations that absentee ballots are “fraudulent” and that the results will be “rigged” if he does not win are the electoral equivalent of injecting Clorox, with the same connection to reality.
What is real is that what is at stake in this election has never been more terrifyingly clear, and with a month to go, that our need to insure that we prevail never more urgent. Let us commit – for the next month – to remain focused, to volunteer, to donate, to work tirelessly to get out the vote, and to send Donald Trump back to his TV fantasyland. We are at a crossroads in our nation’s history. We cannot fail to answer the call.