You already knew that Donald Trump cares about no one other than himself.
His behavior during his entire adult life provides ample proof that our current president is as self-centered and narcissistic as a human being could possibly be.
Just in case you are the least bit skeptical of that proposition or you think that a confrontation with mortality may have altered Trump’s deep-rooted selfishness, an incident today should confirm the fact that our president is a colossal piece of…well, let’s just say work to keep things clean.
According to NBC News, Trump pulled a runner from the confines of Walter Reed Medical Center — where he was taken on Friday “out of an abundance of caution,” as his press secretary initially described it — and piled into a presidential limo to briefly greet the crowds of well-wishers who had gathered outside the hospital.
The surprise visit came after the president telegraphed his intentions in two Twitter posts earlier in the day.
The first one was a simple thanks written thanks to his supporters who had gathered outside the hospital, sent in the early afternoon.
I really appreciate all of the fans and supporters outside of the hospital. The fact is, they really love our Country and are seeing how we are MAKING IT GREATER THAN EVER BEFORE!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 4, 2020
The second post hinted at a more politically orchestrated scheme afoot, a video from Trump’s hospital quarters likely made to counter any questions about his current condition due to the conflicting reports between what his doctors have announced to the press as substantial progress against his COVID-19 infection and the more gloomy account of his symptoms provided off the record by White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 4, 2020
Apparently, the president is in good enough condition to continue making campaign videos while still in the hospital, so he naturally thought that a quick joy ride to greet his fanatical followers was perfectly fine.
With substantial skepticism already pervading social media platforms over whether the president’s diagnosis was real or a political stunt to draw attention away fro his disastrous debate performance and refusal to condemn white supremacy, perhaps acting as if one were never sick is not the best idea for maintaining credibility, particularly in light of the conflicting accounts of the progress of the virus has been making in his body, which, if you believe his doctors, has been as successful in overcoming Trump’s immune system as the president himself has been in building his border wall.
Once Twitter denizens saw the account of Trump’s ego-gratifying exercise, a likely replacement in his mind for the superspreader circus of his canceled weekend campaign rallies, they pointed out just how willing the president is to endanger the health of his Secret Service staff, reportedly already hard hit by the virus during the pandemic, while feeding his narcissism.
Thinking of the Secret Service members who are in the vehicle and their families. Wildly irresponsible and dangerous. https://t.co/O0vItCryMT
— Ben Jealous (@BenJealous) October 4, 2020
This is from an ATTENDING PHYSICIAN AT WALTER REED.
He is the Chief of Disaster Medicine, GWU Emergency Medicine.
Pay attention. https://t.co/nUHPxSlLqV
— Erin wants a National #BadCopRegistry (@chargrille) October 4, 2020
Every single person in the vehicle during that completely unnecessary Presidential “drive-by” just now has to be quarantined for 14 days. They might get sick. They may die. For political theater. Commanded by Trump to put their lives at risk for theater. This is insanity.
— Dr. James P. Phillips, MD (@DrPhillipsMD) October 4, 2020
Of course, there is only a danger to the Secret Service if Trump actually has COVID-19. The fact of his seemingly miraculously speedy recovery after just a couple of days raised suspicions among some people that the entire diagnosis was a political sham for a president trailing badly in his re-election polls.
Its all staged. Feeling for those that are hospitalized and not able to have family by there side due to Covid and he is able to leave the hospital. What a joke…
— Navydad (@Navydad12) October 4, 2020
Presumably, Trump returned to the hospital after he had absorbed enough adulation to help him live through until the next day.
If that’s what it takes to keep him alive to witness his massive defeat at the hands of Joe Biden in the election, then by all means let him go ahead.
Except next time make him drive the hermetically-sealed virus incubation vehicle himself and spare the Secret Sevice the risk of infection — unless of course, the secret is that he’s made this entire medical scare up as a campaign ploy.
We should soon see how real the diagnosis is.
If Trump is indeed discharged from Walter Reed Medical Center tomorrow as his doctors suggested today, the brief length of his hospitalization will bring his condition under heavy scrutiny.
You can watch footage of Donald Trump’s narcissistic afternoon joyride in the video clip below.
WATCH: President Trump's motorcade drives past supporters outside of Walter Reed medical center. pic.twitter.com/vxKWAFv83t
— NBC News (@NBCNews) October 4, 2020
Original reporting by Freddie Tunnard at NBC News.
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