The Trumpworld coronavirus outbreak shows no sign of slowing.
Top military leaders on Monday were quarantining after potentially being exposed to COVID-19. A third White House press aide tested positive for the virus. And to make matters worse for himself politically, President Trump announced he was pulling out of coronavirus relief talks until after the election. The move sent markets tumbling.
On Monday, after a four-day stay at Walter Reed Medical Center, the President returned to the White House Monday night and performed a Trumpian balcony stunt — saluting Marine Force One in front of the cameras mask-free. His press secretary promptly went on Fox News to to tout his resilience as he continues to recover from the virus and to suggest that Trump is somehow emblematic of America’s ability to “overcome” the pandemic. The Trump campaign’s messaging has in the last 24 hours shifted in the direction of toxicity — only real men catch and survive COVID.
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