The Pandemic and Trump

December 31, 2020

2020 is a historic year. So much so that it will not ‘pass’ easily from our collective memory.

It will be a milestone. A point of reference – and a guidepost of what to avoid. A source, I hope, of important lessons.

It will remain in our memory primarily as the year of the Coronavirus. This mysterious, omnipotent plague, humiliated science, exposed our equality, and returned us to our roots – to our humble human origins.

It will remind us that the higher we reach, or think we reach, the more we remain in our limited reality – a nothing. Dust. A cluster of memories. A flower that withers with the first blast of cold air.

It will also remain in our memory intertwined with President Donald Trump.

For what he did to deal with the Coronavirus. And what he did not do.

But 2020 will also endure in our memory as the year OF Trump, independent of the Coronavirus.

Whether we like it or not, we have to admit that Trump has a unique ability to engage with public opinion. To dominate the news. To render irrelevant anything else that happens during the day.

“It is your fault,” you will tell me, the mass media.

It's our fault – to the extent that we take advantage of your greed to devour anything related to him.

Many media outlets were saved by Trump. Maybe among them, the New York Times.

The man is an inexhaustible river of news. He says and does the most unprecedented things – things that other politicians would not even dare to imagine.

Every day he says something more outrageous. He is unstoppable.

Is everything negative? Of course not. But almost everything has to do with himself. He is like the prophet who asks his followers to abandon themselves, even their interests, in order to serve him, so they can one day enter the promised land with him.

2020 will also go down in history as the year of the elections. Again, because of Trump. For his ‘achievement’ of dragging the country's electoral system into the muck, raising doubts about the result, and trying to overthrow it by judicial means. In other words, to carry out a kind of coup against the democratic government of the USA.

And, in fact, he found plenty of collaborators and accomplices in this effort.

He was able to convince a large percentage of his supporters that the Democrats ‘stole’ the election. That ‘massive fraud’ took place like never before in the history of the country.

Even now, despite the Electoral College vote, Trump refuses to accept the election result.

So how can this year, this pandemic and this politician not remain, and indeed, stand out, in history?


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