Friday, October 02, 2020

Tragedy instead of the Theater of the Absurd: Trump, pneumonia, coronavirus

Four years ago today, Donald Trump mocked Hilary Clinton's pneumonia – an ironic point to be reminded of on the day he says he's tested positived for coronavirus. In my Facebook memories today, I found the photoshopped pictures made by the artist Happy Toast, in which Trump pulls flags out of his nose. At the time, I think I felt that we'd soon be done with Trump and his racism, misogyny, and stupidity, and if he'd lost the election in 2016, then I'd look at those photos now as a kind of theater of the absurd. Instead, I look at them and think of over 200,000 Americans dead because of Trump's incompetence. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 2 October)

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