BREAKING: Trump's COVID Diagnosis
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We know that the president of Milania tested positive. Sometime this week. The positive tests came back last evening. We're not sure exactly when the virus was transmitted it could have been transmitted from. To the president but it's also entirely possible that it went the other way we will have to learn his contact tracing goes on. we know the president is reporting mild symptoms and is supposed to be quarantining for fourteen days We will see if that happens my senses given the election depending on how he's feeling we may see that revised. something. Else we know. Is that forty thousand other people were diagnosed as positive covid nineteen yesterday and if you believe the statistics coming out of the University of Washington. Sexy hundred twenty thousand people there were exposed to cover nineteen yesterday. So. Trump is a big story in a much larger picture. and. We won't see news items. Of those people's exposure. We won't understand the circumstances to their exposure. Those people may not get contact tracing large number of them aren't getting tested about two thirds of them. So they won't know who they're exposing to the virus, and if they get hospitalized, we'll never see it and if they die will never see. Many of those people were unlike president in circumstances that didn't allow them to mask up or require people around the new wear masks or follow safe public health practices. We also know that trump an staff. Were not wearing masks at the debate during that debate, he mocked Joe Biden for wearing a mask, but it's important to know that he and his team were very close Chris, Wallace and certainly potentially jeopardized him. As of now Joe Biden is negative. As. Of now in the White House have tested negative but it's important to remember that they're going to need to keep getting tested every day because the virus takes a little while. Before it is able to be found sometimes by testing is I think we know So those are the facts as we have I'm sure they'll change a little bit. Let's talk about what we learned. From this, what's important out of this? And first of all, let's not. Politicize the president's health as an individual let's draw an important distinction between him as an individual and his role as an elected leader millions of people. Millions of followers the example he sets in the policies he puts forward. I think those are very much reifer discussion. My first conclusion here is that trump either doesn't know. or he doesn't care how covert nineteen works. He doesn't understand. That people can have covid nineteen without knowing. He doesn't understand that it can be passed to people who don't know they're passing and he doesn't understand. That viruses are programmed. To find weak spots, the program to find people who will breathe near other people like helicopters who will not wear masks. The second conclusion I would make is that it's one thing to be careless with yourself. The president was careless with other people. He was careless with the people he went to do a fundraising event for. In bedminster he was careless with people here in Minnesota that he was at an indoor fundraiser for he knowingly put himself in close contact with people at a fundraising event New Jersey after he was aware that he'd been exposed to someone who tested positive for Covid nineteen. Why do we suggest people wear masks. You wear masks because you don't know if you have cove nineteen. You wear masks because you can't possibly know of others have gone nineteen. And your mask if you have consideration four in care about others in your community. Simply that. So. For the president of the United States mask wearing is also important. For bigger reasons. We know from studies that have eighty percent of the country where masks tens of thousands of lives would be saved. In the virus would diminish quickly. Too many of those who don't wear masks are highly influenced by the president. We know about fifty percent of the country is wearing a mask. He has the power to change that with his actions and change the course of the disease and the process. tweet every opportunity to wear a masks he chose not to, and this is the consequence and I. Think. For many people that might be a lesson. So. What should happen from here? First of all I think we should take the view. That if it's good enough for the president of the United States. Should be good enough for forty five thousand other people. If the President United States can be around people that can have access to as much testing as they need have access to as much people as they need. Whether they use it or not. He cannot sit here in this country and not give resources give the necessary resources to the rest of the country. He denied sending out. Five masks to every person in a hot zones in April in Detroit in New York City in Orleans. The president could have chose not to send all of those folks from asks he could have alerted the country. The covid nineteen was spreading that it was possible that it was be community spread that people were going to die he chose not to. But he has an opportunity now. Here's an opportunity today. And I think about what happened in Britain. With Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Let me play for you a clip of what Boris Johnson had to say what he left the hospital. We are now beginning to turn the tide. If these virus. Where a physical assailant. An unexpected invisible Maga. We talk tell. Proposal, experience. It is. Then this is the moment. When we have begun together to wrestle it. To the floor. Boris Johnson before his hospitalization with covid nineteen. was recklessly shaking hands. Putting down the virus not taking it seriously talking about her immunity. But. After that experience, he was a changed person. In, one can only hope. That the president, the first lady and the first family take this enormous opportunity ahead of them. Maybe, they can use the moment the same way Johnson did. By telling the country They must take this more seriously. By wearing masks everywhere, they go particularly in the West Wing in close quarters. Particularly if they are going to do events with their supporters. And my no longer mocking people who follow public health guidance by wearing masks. Trump has always had the power to de politicize this pandemic. And he's chosen at virtually every turn to do the opposite. To. So greater divisions in our country. A divided. country. Is Self defeating in a pandemic The continent of Africa. With one point three, billion people. HAS ONLY THIRTY FIVE THOUSAND DEATHS What we're asking here of the president is in particularly high tech. It's not about vaccine. It's not about a pipe dream. It's not about a medicine that the Miracle Cure. It's a piece of cloth. And having consideration for others in some compassion. If the president can find those things. Within him. We're much better chance of preventing tens of thousands, more deaths. And that's what this moment should be about. That about the president. It's not about the election. Not About his health. Sunday even about his road behavior. It's about tens of thousands of lives and a pandemic that we can control. Anytime we want to. With the right leadership. He needs to get on that s he sits home and recovers contemplates. That's it for our special edition. We'll be coming Monday with the show.