Does White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows want Donald Trump to be taken out by one of his own Secret Service agents? With a shiv or a discrete dose of novichok?
Those are logical questions to ask after Meadows alienated the president’s entire security force by insinuating that one of them may have been responsible for Trump’s infection with COVID-19 when he called into Fox & Friends this morning.
Mark Meadows: "Here's the interesting thing — they're criticizing, 'well, he put his Secret Service agents at risk.' Well, the Secret Service agents — how do we think he got here?" pic.twitter.com/VxMK6289mI
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 5, 2020
Entirely in keeping with the buck-passing president who takes no responsibility for any of his own disastrous actions but takes credit for anything good that happens in this country — no matter how little he may have had to do with it — the Chief of Staff’s comments ignored Trump’s own refusal to wear masks, his attendance at sardine-packed rallies filled with maskless supporters, and his general insistence on ignoring his own CDC’s recommendations for coronavirus prevention on a daily basis as more compelling reasons he may have caught the disease.
The comments on Twitter about Meadows’ unproven finger-pointing towards the Secret Service as the source of Trump’s infection were predictably savage, given the attempts to absolve the president of responsibility for his own behavior.
In Hospital covid wards,pts are isolated,med staff make limited contact & when they do,wear PPE,double masks& some still get sick/die.+No visitors&must quarantine when return home.Because Covid is highly contagious.These ppl still are in denial.And that is dangerous for us all.
— Linda Mintun (@linda_mintun) October 5, 2020
I take this as they are blaming the Secret Service agents for his getting COVID – unreal.
— Watching in Raleigh (@JamesKahl9) October 5, 2020
Mark doesn't think very clearly. He believes the risk/reward of getting a sick president to hospital compares to the risk/reward of a narcissist photo op. It's like he's saying "why don't they just kill themselves? they will die for him anyway".
— Howard Davidson (@hd_1a) October 5, 2020
Absolutely right. My mom is in a nursing home. She has not hugged her kids or grandkids in 9 months. Can not use a phone or ipad by herself so we wait for understaffed home to call us. My mom's speech is declining because she only has conversations once every 2 weeks. So sad!!!
— cmcfamily (@cmcfamily) October 5, 2020
Mark Meadows is second in command on the devil's list.
— Jeannine (@Jeannine8Carol) October 5, 2020
How can they not understand this?? My guess is they do, but their just hoping his base doesn’t. This administration…I hate them all. #VoteBidenHarris2020
— Ms Universe (@Mj07810) October 5, 2020
Trump was so 'exasperated' by Meadows handling of his medical information that this morning, while "feeling great, might be discharged" he allows Meadows to be his voice on a call in with Fox & Friends? Come on. WTF is happening.https://t.co/UODcsXCoIJ
— SheaCat (@TheSheaCat) October 5, 2020
While it may be hard to imagine this particular president watching even more TV than usual, it seems that is certainly preferable to risking the infection of Trump’s Secret Service detail by taking needless joyrides simply to feed the president’s bottomless pit of an ego.
Trump should only hope that a rogue Secret Service agent isn’t cracked up by the stress of their job and decides to seek vengeance for the likely baseless and uninformed accusations being made about them. It is a danger that all authoritarian leaders face, but one that the United States has never seriously been considered prey to…until the Trump administration.
Vinnie Longobardo is a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music and art.