This Saturday, President Donald Trump visited his company’s golf course in Virginia, just outside of D.C. According to CNN’s Manu Raju, the trip was the 295th time that this president had stopped by one of his golf courses in office. As Trump golfs, Americans are continuing to grapple with crises like the Coronavirus pandemic, which did not go away just because Trump decided not to bother much with it anymore. Former President Barack Obama helped pick up the slack on Saturday, which was during Labor Day Weekend. The former president posted a message to Twitter in which he admonished Americans to continue to undertake steps that will help stop the spread of the virus and “save lives.”
‘It might be Labor Day weekend, but let’s all remember that we’re still in the middle of a pandemic. Wear a mask, practice social distancing, and follow the experts. It’ll save lives.’
It might be Labor Day weekend, but let’s all remember that we're still in the middle of a pandemic. Wear a mask, practice social distancing, and follow the experts. It’ll save lives.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) September 5, 2020
In stark contrast, besides his golf trip, Trump spent Saturday morning on Twitter raging against (among other things) a recent story in The Atlantic that alleged that he had referred to American troops killed in action as “losers” and “suckers.” This story squares up quite closely with Trump’s consistent public behavior, and this Saturday morning, he pushed back on it by denigrating the late John McCain, which kind of proves the article’s point. McCain advocated for a federal investigation into a dossier of allegations about Trump’s ties to Russia, and Trump seemingly takes it as some sort of personal insult that McCain took that issue of national security seriously.
….This reminds me of the Dirty Dossier, which was pushed hard by John McCain, & then with a thud turned out to be a total fraud. So many other scams also. The Radical Far Left is VICIOUS, they will do or say anything to win. But they won’t, we will WIN, & have four great years!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 5, 2020
As for the Coronavirus in particular, Trump has repeatedly downplayed the threat. He has, for instance, claimed that the virus might simply go away on its own, but there’s never been any evidence for that claim. As that reality set in, he turned his ire towards public health authorities in the federal government, who he alleged were part of a “deep state” conspiracy to make him look bad via withholding vaccines/ treatments until after the election. There is not even a hint of any evidence for this claim.
Check out Twitter’s response to Obama below: