Last October, it was revealed that Donald Trump and the First Lady had contracted COVID-19. It was a surprise to no one. The former president was incredibly reckless while the virus was surging, frequently holding rallies and eschewing masks.
And when he contracted the illness, Trump was much sicker than his doctors let on. And since he got to see how devastating COVID could be, this was a great opportunity for the former president to take the illness more seriously.
Instead, Trump tried to put on a show by standing on a balcony at the White House. He then ripped off his mask, clearly trying to send a message. Mary Trump says the display was a bit fake, though, as Trump was in pain and terrified.
Mary Trump writes in her new book, The Reckoning, she writes, “As always, the consequences of admitting vulnerability were much more frightening to him than being honest. Doing his best Mussolini imitation, he took off his mask in a macho display of invulnerability. He clenched his teeth and jutted out his jaw, just as my grandmother did when she was biting back anger or clamping down on her pain. In Donald, I saw the latter.”
The former president’s niece continued, “I have asthma, so I am acutely aware of what it looks like when somebody is struggling to breathe. He was in pain, he was afraid, but he would never admit that to anybody – not even himself. Because, as always, the consequences of admitting vulnerability were much more frightening to him than being honest.”
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com, and PoliticusUSA. An avid pet lover, he has been known to contribute to Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology, and spending time at the shore with his family.