The new timeline

It now appears that Trump knew he was infected Wednesday, so he knew he was exposing people who got near him, and he went right ahead and did exactly that. What a peach of a guy he is.

White House officials and doctors stoked new questions Saturday about how sick President Trump has been with COVID-19 and when he became ill, as the president’s medical team suggested Trump had been sick for a day and a half before he announced his infection early Friday morning.

The new timeline, if accurate, would mean Trump held a rally and fundraiser in Minnesota on Wednesday and an intimate fundraiser in New Jersey on Thursday while knowing he was sick, potentially exposing supporters, employees and others to the coronavirus.

He’s addicted to doing rallies and fundraisers and similar ego-parading events. A little thing like potential illness and death and wider contagion isn’t going to make him cancel.

Conley and his team tried to give an upbeat assessment of Trump’s current condition, with one physician saying that Trump told his doctors Saturday morning, “I feel like I could walk out of here today.”

I’m getting increasingly irritated by this particular line of bullshit. COVID-19 progresses; it’s not clear how bad a case is until 10 days or so in. Conley and his team obviously know that, but they’re obediently trying to manipulate us.

“The team and I are extremely happy with the progress the president has made,” Conley said.

Oh put a sock in it.

As Trump’s allies rallied to project a sense of calm, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) tweeted that he’d had a “great call” with him, discussing topics including the Supreme Court vacancy and the economy. “He sounds well and says he’s feeling good,” McConnell wrote.

Blah blah blah. Doesn’t matter. It’s like the French in May 1940 saying everything’s fine…up until the moment the planes appeared.

The list of top Republicans who’ve been infected is fueling a sense of panic in Washington as the virus creates the type of outbreak in and around the president that has already enveloped other parts of the country.

Gee. If only someone had warned them. If only someone had told them, over and over, what precautions to take to avoid infecting others and being infected.

Though the District of Columbia had only a handful of new cases last week, the White House itself has become the city’s biggest vector.

All because they deliberately flouted the pandemic-avoidance instructions.

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