U.S. President Donald Trump pulls off his protective face mask as he poses atop the Truman Balcony of the White House after returning from being hospitalized at Walter Reed Medical Center for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) treatment, in Washington, U.S. October 5, 2020. REUTERS/Erin Scott TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

THE NEUTRAL ZONE

After President Donald Trump spent the weekend at Walter Reed Hospital, where doctors gave him supplemental oxygen and steroids, Trump on Monday told people not to be afraid of the coronavirus. “Maybe I’m immune, I don’t know. But don’t let it rule your liife,” Trump said from the White House, where he returned, mask-free, Monday afternoon.

His comments outraged some medical experts, worried his own staff and offended some of those whose loved ones were one of the more than 200,000 who have died from the coronavirus since March. His opponent, Joe Biden, said he wasn’t surprised after Trump obtained the virus. “Anybody who contracts the virus by essentially saying masks don’t matter, social distancing doesn’t matter, I think is responsible for what happens to them,” Biden said. 

A former New York Times reporter who has written a dozen novels said Trump’s comment “was maybe the smartest” he’s ever made. “For too long we have let this virus – and the media’s hysteria around it – dominate us,” Alex Berenson said. “We need to take back our lives, our schools, and our whole world.”

Trump’s return scared some staff members and Secret Service agents, turning the White House into a ghost town, as more than a dozen inside have tested positive. His press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, revealed Monday that she tested positive. Despite his comments, Trump may not be out of danger, warned Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, given the virus’ nasty inclination to rally even a week after patients appear to be better. Even so, Trump plans to debate Biden on Oct. 15. 

MEDIA PERSPECTIVE

Former NYT Reporter Says Trump’s COVID Remark May Be ‘Smartest Comment He’s Ever Made’  – The Daily Wire – 10/6/2020
Berenson, author of a dozen spy novels, spends much of his day on Twitter highlighting data as he argues that the media overestimate the risk of COVID-19. […] “He’s not actually saying ‘Don’t be afraid of COVID.’ He’s saying don’t be afraid of one another. Because this is a respiratory virus. It spreads between people. And the only way to make it go away permanently is to lock us all away permanently. And that can’t happen. That is not compatible with life.”

The White House’s reckless pandemic response – Axios – 10/6/2020
The White House — despite its infinite access to the best resources available — continues to respond to its own coronavirus outbreak about as recklessly as possible.

When Another Candidate Was Hospitalized Before an Election – Real Clear Politics – 10/6/2020
A similar situation, if not similar cause, occurred in 1912. Less than a month before the Election Day, Theodore Roosevelt was shot at point-blank range in Milwaukee as he was heading to the city’s main auditorium to deliver a major address.

Ingraham: Mainstream media show they’re ‘unhappy people’ with coverage of Trump illness – Fox News – 10/6/2020
Democrats and the mainstream media have proven themselves to be “unhappy people” by their negative response to President Trump’s apparent recovery from the coronavirus, Fox News host Laura Ingraham said Monday.

After Donald Trump’s deranged balcony address, we’re all gasping together – The Guardian – 10/6/2020
On Monday night, the president puffed up the front staircase of his residence, his face coated in several more gallons of paint than the front elevation of the building. “Don’t let it dominate your lives,” he panted of the virus, a bad case of which tends to dominate your death.

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