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Trump obsesses over ‘dominating’ covid-19 because he wants to look manly

By: Kate Manne
Washington Post
October 7, 2020

In an op-ed in the Washington Post, Kate Manne, associate professor of philosophy, analyzes President Trump’s attitude toward covid-19.

“On Monday evening, having just been discharged from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where he spent three days recovering from covid-19, President Trump stood on the White House balcony and removed his mask,” Manne writes in the piece. “He looked to be having difficulty breathing. “Don’t be afraid of Covid,” he had tweeted earlier that afternoon. 'Don’t let it dominate your life.'

"The president, a self-professed germaphobe, could hardly have been more explicit about his worldview: This potentially deadly illness — which has killed more than 200,000 Americans, the vast majority of whom did not receive a comparable level of medical attention — is something to dominate or be dominated by.”

Read the story in the Washington Post.