We’ve been hearing a lot about the White House reception for Amy Coney Barrett on Sunday, September 26, that became a COVID-19 super-spreader event. Less is being said about the event held the very next day, which may be even more disturbing.
On September 27, Trump welcomed a selected group of Gold Star Families to the White House for a reception that was held indoors, with no social distancing, where very few attendees (including the President) wore masks. Here’s a look:
It should come as no surprise that attendees are turning up positive for COVID-19. All of our Joint Chiefs of Staff are now in quarantine thanks to either attending that reception or coming in contact with infected persons. This includes Coast Guard Vice-Commandant, Admiral Charles Ray, who attended the ceremony and is now positive.
Was the President infected with COVID-19 and contagious at this reception? Did he know he had the disease yet? We can’t verify his claims because the White House refuses to provide any information on the President’s last negative virus test. How many attendees are now sick? We don’t know. The White House is blocking CDC efforts to perform contact tracing on those who attended either the Supreme Court or the Gold Star event.
For a sense of how horrifyingly irresponsible it was for the White House to hold this event in such a reckless manner, here’s a description of the Gold Star Families from the US Army website:
The term Gold Star family is a modern reference that comes from the Service Flag. These flags/banners were first flown by families during World War I. The flag included a blue star for every immediate family member serving in the armed forces of the United States, during any period of war or hostilities in which the armed forces of the United States were engaged. If that loved one died, the blue star was replaced by a gold star. This allowed members of the community to know the price that the family had paid in the cause of freedom.
These are the people the President exposed to a lethal pandemic, not just so he could get some campaign footage, but to get campaign footage with just the right images to fit his delusions. Holding this event in the midst of a pandemic was a questionable decision. Staging it in a manner that stripped away any protections for the families or other attendees is basically murder.
Imagine you’re holding a gun. It’s loaded, but you insist against all evidence that it isn’t loaded and doesn’t work. Then you point it a Gold Star Mom and pull the trigger. If it goes off, are you a murderer? That’s what Trump did.
How many members of these Gold Star families will get sick? How many friends, wider-family and neighbors of these folks will get sick? How many of these families, who already paid the ultimate price for their patriotism, will pay with yet another loss? We don’t know yet. We may struggle to ever find out since the Administration is blocking contact tracing efforts. What we know is that Donald Trump made the decision to potentially kill them to suit his own personal needs.