#InTheseTweets | Thirty-Fifth Edition

Donney Rose
Oct 7, 2020 - 10:15

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In These Tweets is a weekly cultural dive into trending topics on Twitter. A collection of snapshot analyses on a variety of moments impacting our world. Sometimes serious, sometimes light, always substantive. We outchea, #InTheseTweets.

Donald Trump, like the late Tupac Shakur, is a Gemini, and apparently, he is attempting to do his best Pac fresh out of the hospital impersonation. The American president has been posturing about like he’s made of Teflon, ripping his mask off and having secret service wheel him around under unstable conditions.

CNN Chief Political Correspondent, Dana Bash tweeted that a source familiar with Trump’s call from the hospital where “Teflon Don” reportedly said that he needed to get out there, despite not being fully cleared for medical release. Why? So that he could put on a facade of toughness and show that COVID-19 has not “dominated” him.

Apparently, he has not read much about the virus’s long-standing effects. But then again, when has he read much of anything while in office?

Several White House staff and senior Republicans were impacted by the super spread of coronavirus, with recent infections being either traced to traveling with Donald Trump or the Supreme Court nominating ceremony for Amy Coney Barrett. They gallivanted about maskless, generally mocked the severity of the virus and thought themselves to be more invincible than it turns out they were.

Once again, COVID-19 has no political affiliation. In fact, it relies on the ignorance of those who are more bound to political ideology than science. But hey, these are the people running the country…

And in more news about people in charge refusing to adhere to protective guidelines, there have been no reported disciplinary actions for New York Police Department officers who have refused to wear masks while on duty. Erin Durkin, a reporter for Politico, tweeted that multiple NYPD officers have received verbal reprimands, but none have had to face severe consequences for their lack of compliance.

I noticed during the summer of uprisings in the aftermath of state-sanctioned killings that police throughout the country were patrolling areas unmasked. I noticed that as Derek Chavin had his knee firmly planted on George Floyd’s neck that he was not wearing a mask. 

I wonder how seriously are we supposed to take servants of public safety when they are not following basic protocol to keep the public safe?

Roland Martin has some very succinct advice for the Biden/Harris ticket, and honestly to the Democratic Party as a whole.

“STOP. PLAYING. NICE. The @JoeBiden @KamalaHarris camp MUST put all ads up IMMEDIATELY. You are running against an evil demon. They don’t play by norms. #FireTrumpInNovember,” Martin tweeted.

Basically, stop trying to play softball with an administration that is throwing flames at your campaign and the whole damn democracy. Time is running out, boss up!

About the Author

Donney Rose is a poet, essayist, Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Fellow, advocate and Chief Content Editor at The North Star. He believes in telling how it is and how it should be.

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