Thursday, November 05, 2020

"Covid, covid, covid" and the "migrant caravan"

In the runup to Election Day in the US on 3 November, President Trump repeatedly complained that all he ever heard was "covid, covid, covid." And he added that the media would stop reporting on the pandemic on 4 November. That is, he saw the reporting as political theater rather than news. Yet in 2018, Trump himself engaged in a sustained performance in the weeks before the mid-term election with his repeated insistence that the "migrant caravan" was heading from Central America north through Mexico to the United States border – and immediately after Election Day, he stopped talking about it. As always, he projects his own patterns of behavior onto others. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 5 November)

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