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Opinion | A Sick Donald Trump Takes His Own Medicine. How Will That Go?

He wants you to believe that the worst of his infection has passed because he was strong enough to sit at a table and be photographed signing a document. He wants you to believe that he is getting better because he took a ride in a Secret Service SUV. He wants you to believe he’s out of the woods because he’s getting out of the hospital. “Don’t be afraid of Covid,” he wrote in his tweet Monday afternoon. “Don’t let it dominate your life”—an easy thing to say if you’re the recipient of the best (and free) 24-7 health care in the world. He wants you to believe that all is well because he’s “getting great reports from the doctors,” as he said in a Sunday video from Walter Reed. If he’s really getting such great reports from the docs, he must be the first sick person in history to conceal the actual evidence that he’s getting better.

As with Trump’s let’s-sweep-it-under-the-rug policy toward Covid-19, his decision to throttle the flow of information about his illness to a dribble has only encouraged speculation and criticism from the press and the medical establishment. His doctors continue to give us upbeat news about Trump’s health but decline to answer questions that might reflect poorly on his recovery. Consider: We know he contracted Covid-19, but we don’t know precisely when or the date of his last negative Covid-19 test. We know he had a fever on Friday but not how high it was. We know he was administered oxygen on Friday and that his blood-oxygen level dropped again on Saturday but his doctors won’t clarify if he was given oxygen again. We don’t know if he suffered lung damage or if he had pneumonia. We don’t know how or where he contracted the disease but we know that at least 30 people (and counting) recently in his immediate orbit—wife Melania, White House and campaign staffers, senators, White House journalists, former Gov. Chris Christie, the president of Notre Dame, and others—have also tested positive. We also don’t know exactly why doctors treated Trump with the steroid dexamethasone, which is usually reserved for severe Covid-19 cases, or why doctors dosed him with experimental drugs. Has he lost the senses of taste and smell? And that’s only the overview (see Science magazine for more details).

As Trump returns to the White House, presumably still infectious, the press corps will meet him with a new round of questions. Will the president quarantine himself to the White House’s upstairs living quarters to prevent the contagion from spreading? Will Trump be isolated or will he be domiciled with his wife, who also has Covid-19? Who will be allowed to visit him, and what medical precautions will they take? How wise is it for him to return to the White House, which seems to be the center of an environmental cluster of infections? Are the experimental treatments continuing? When will we learn more about his medical history? Would Trump have

SNL tells it like it is on Trump (opinion)

The season kickoff of “Saturday Night Live” has reminded us yet again of why Donald Trump hates the show so much he once called for it to be canceled. In fact, it was “SNL” that underscored two of the most powerful arguments for why it’s the Trump presidency — not the show that satirizes him — that should be canceled this November.



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Host Chris Rock opened his monologue with a joke about Trump’s hospitalization for Covid-19: “I just want to say, ‘My heart goes out to Covid,'” said Rock. But it was the show’s cold open that made a comedic plea to bring the Trump show to an end come Election Day. And they are 100% correct.

The sketch was a parody of Tuesday’s presidential debate — which itself felt like an “SNL” sketch given the real Trump’s conduct. In this one, though, Alec Baldwin was back as Trump and Jim Carrey made his debut as Joe Biden. The 13-minute sketch featured everything from Maya Rudolph, playing Kamala Harris, dubbing herself a “HVPIC: Hot Vice President in Charge,” to pop sensation Harry Styles making a cameo as he offered mediation advice to Biden.

However, the message embedded in the comedy came near the end of the sketch. After Baldwin’s Trump — simply mimicking the real Trump’s conduct — interrupted Carrey’s Biden for the umpteenth time, “Biden” held up a remote control and pressed pause, freezing Baldwin in mid-sentence — triggering applause from the studio audience. “SNL’s” Biden then looked into the camera and told America, “Isn’t that satisfying? Just not to hear his voice for a single goddamn second?” adding, “Let’s bask in the Trumplessness.”

Seriously, think about the prospects of “Trumplessness” in the White House for a moment. With Trump, it’s not just policy — it feels like his presidency has taken years off my life! I’m betting that for many Americans — even those who aren’t political — going back to “no drama” days of past presidents who don’t incessantly tweet inflammatory comments is appealing.

Back to the sketch. “Biden,” while still addressing America, made another point that raised an even more important reason for why Trump must lose in November: the need for a president who believes in and respects science during a deadly pandemic.

Carrey’s Biden declared, “Look at me. Look directly into my eyeballs. You can trust me because I believe in science and karma.” He then playfully added, “Now, just imagine if science and karma could somehow team up and send us all a message about how dangerous this virus can be,” as he looked at Baldwin. “Biden” continued, “I’m not saying I want it to happen. Just imagine if it did.”

All jokes aside, Trump has repeatedly rejected the call of health experts to wear masks and mandate mask wearing at his rallies — and worse, he has misled Americans on this very issue. For example, at Tuesday’s debate, Trump repeated his mockery of Biden for keeping his