President Donald Trump’s loyalists have a knack for conjuring up nutty rationalizations to excuse his behavior, but their rationalization for Trump’s sudden enlightenment on the severity of COVID-19 is an entirely new magnitude of madness.
In an appearance on Fox News Monday morning, the Trump campaign’s Communications Director Erin Perrine explained that Trump now understands coronavirus better than anyone because he caught it.
“Firsthand experience is always going to change how someone relates to something that’s been happening,” Perrine told host Sandra Smith. “The president has coronavirus right now. He is battling it head on, as toughly, as only President Trump can. And of course that’s going to change the way that he speaks of it because it will be a firsthand experience.”
In other words, the pandemic only matters to Trump because he has been personally impacted by it.
The Trump campaign is now attacking Biden for…not contracting coronavirus.
“He has experience — now — fighting the coronavirus as an individual. Those firsthand experiences, Joe Biden, he doesn’t have those." pic.twitter.com/Qk0Qc8l6q9
— Tim Hogan (@timjhogan) October 5, 2020
Perrine scoffed when Smith asked why the pandemic has taken a back seat to the economy and catch phrases like “law and order.”
Trump has “talked about the coronavirus as well,” Perrine replied. Recall, however, that Trump has downplayed and dismissed the coronavirus threat for months, considers 209,000 fatalities a success, and routinely and incorrectly blames China for the outbreak.
Perrine then suggested that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s consistently negative coronavirus test results are a boon for Trump, whose reckless negligence, rejection of science, and refusal to wear a mask has led to a third wave of the virus.
“He’s talked about it all,” Perrine continued. “And listen, he has experience as commander-in-chief, he has experience as a businessman, he has experience, now, fighting the coronavirus as an individual. Those firsthand experiences, Joe Biden, he doesn’t have those.”
Those “firsthand experiences,” as well as “creating jobs” (more jobs have been lost under Trump than under any other administration, by the way) “are what are going to get President Trump four more years,” Perrine said. “So of course he talks about it differently now that he has lived through it.”
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Brandon is a political writer for the Hill Reporter specializing in current events, breaking news, and scientific discovery. Brandon holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University. He lives in New York City.