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  • Writer's pictureNancy Dafoe

“Anti” Symbol for Trump/Republican Cabal

Trump and his Republican cabal have made NOT wearing the protective mask during the spread of COVID-19 their symbol in the culture war they are promoting and fostering.

Trump and his FOX cabal mocked former Vice President and current Democratic candidate for the Presidency Joe Biden for wearing an appropriate black mask when he came to honor the nation’s military sacrifices at a Delaware veterans memorial service. Brit Hume, Fox News’ political hack, tweeted, “This might help explain why Trump doesn’t like to wear a mask in public,” referring to Joe Biden. Trump and friends retweeted Hume's mockery of Biden. Mocked him for doing the right thing.

Meanwhile, Trump, Melania, Pence, and Mark Esper showed up at Arlington National Cemetery without face masks in a show of stupidity, indifference to others, and condemnation of science. The fact that not wearing a mask in the face (pun intended) of a world-wide pandemic that has already taken 100,000 American lives in a little over two months has become a Republican/Trump symbol is quite perfect in describing their anti-decency stance.

There are so many symbols adopted by the Trump cabal: Confederate flag, Nazi symbol, fascist Pepe the frog, triple six hand sign, inverted pyramid, all of which make hate of others their central theme.

The anti-mask statement in a deadly pandemic simply says, “I don’t care about anyone. I’m ignorant of basic science, unconcerned about infecting my neighbor.”

“But science is no match for tribalism in this dysfunctional country,” wrote Frank Bruni in the May 12, 2020 edition of The New York Times. “Truth is whatever validates your prejudices, feeds your sense of grievance and fuels your antipathy toward the people you’ve decided are on some other side,” Bruni continued. The Times columnist points out even truth has been perverted under this perversion of a presidency. “'Wearing a mask is for smug liberals. Refusing to is for reckless Republicans.’ That was the headline in Politico by Ryan Lizza and Daniel Lippman that noted that ‘in a deeply polarized America, almost anything can be politicized."

One thing is certain in these culture wars dug deeper and tunneling further than any time since the American Civil War, the United States of America under Trump/GOP is “doing a fine job, a perfect job, a beautiful job” (in the words of Trump) of being destroyed by Trump and Co.

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