Fighting Trump’s coronavirus dumpster fire.

The machinations are audible all the way out here on the Dakota prairie. It’s the sound of Trump’s campaign gearing up, in the wake of his hospitalization for Covid-19, to assert he is and always has been a great leader on coronavirus. 

It’s a desperate, last-ditch effort to put Trump on the right side of the deadly pandemic that has now killed more than 210,000 of our fellow countrywomen and countrymen. It’s a cynical attempt to maintain the illusion that Trump has handled the virus well, even though he, himself, has been infected.

It’s going to play out in a conflagration of two damaging messages, which, even though they’re contradictory, will spread through MAGA cult followers like wildfire.

Trump Covid-19 Message the First

Trump now knows what the country is dealing with. He understands. He is the only one who can fix it.

“I’ve learned a lot about Covid,” Trump said in a video from the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. “I learned it by really going to school. This is the real school. This isn’t the ‘let’s read the book’ school, and I get it and I understand it.”

Care to repeat that, Mr. “president”? (Click the image to watch the video.)

Now that he’s had the virus, the president understands what the country’s been through, how dangerous it can be, and how important it is to take precautions against it. 


While Trump, his GOP enablers and MAGA Cultists attempt to gaslight U.S. citizens yet again, “is” will always be kept in laser focus. In no way will the messaging ever stray into the dark land of “has been.” There will be no acknowledgement that the pandemic has been dangerous for all the months they have downplayed or ignored it entirely. There will be no talk of “people,” either; that would put a composite face on the damage of coronavirus to the welfare of this nation. No. They’ll hammer away on how Trump understands what’s important for “the country,” instead. 

“I’ve got your back!” He’ll shout from video monitors. “I’m going to lead you out of this mess and to the promised land of greatness. I’m the only one who can do it. You can’t trust (Joe Biden).”

Too Little, Too Late, Too Manufactured

NOW, he’s is the great leader we needed in January, February, March… until Friday October 2, when he was choppered from the White House to Walter Reed? 


Too little, too late, motherfucker.

More than 210,000 U.S. citizens are dead. 


As Prince once said, “It means forever, and that’s a mighty long time.”

Not to mention the 7.5 million U.S. citizens we know of who have contracted the virus. Among us lowly regular folks, despite what Trump promised, it’s not possible to get a test unless there are symptoms. And according to experts, it’s likely that 10 to 12 times more people have contracted coronavirus than have tested positive.

Trump Covid-19 Message the Second

Covid-19 is no big deal. Trump had it. He whipped it. 

He’s taken the coronavirus bull by the horns and wrestled the beast to the ground. Don’t worry, ’cause – by the Evangelicals’ God! – he’s got this. And if you’re tough like him, you will too.

American citizens don’t need to worry about Covid, Trump and his minions are already saying, and they’ll take it further – if you aren’t a snowflake Democrat, there’s no need for concern. Even if you get Covid-19, if you’re a “real man” – like Trump – you’ll beat it. 

“Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life,” Trump wrote in a Tweet on Monday.

This, after receiving treatments that, to use his worn-out words, are “the likes of which no one has ever seen before.” 

Two things are certain:

  • Trump is far from having whipped Covid-19.
  • No regular U.S. citizen would be afforded the same treatments.

And here’s something we know from science – it’s highly likely the “president” is still sloughing the virus, infecting who knows how many more people. 

Yet he has the gall to stand maskless on the White House balcony on Monday, in an apparent attempt at a show of strength, metaphorically beating his chest while shouting “Me strong!” between gasps for breath. The man has become a walking, huffing, talking super-spreader event unto himself.

The Conflagration

This is serious, he says. I’ve been to reality school and I understand it now. 

This is no big deal, he says. Look, I beat it, and now I’m going to lead the country out of it.


The Covid-19 situation in the United States of America is a searing dumpster fire raging out of control. 

Coronavirus is no hoax, as he wanted us to believe. Even he can’t deny that anymore.

However, his failures and lies are a tragic inferno of hubris, willful ignorance and utter disregard for the welfare of Americans like you, me and the real people we know who have contracted or perished from Covid-19.

The only good news at the moment is we have an opportunity to put out the Trump fire. 



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Martin C. Fredricks IV

Martin C. “Red” Fredricks IV here. I’m husband to an amazing woman who is also my best friend, dad to three outstanding kids, Fargoan (North Dakota, that is), proud introvert, veteran messaging strategist/copywriter, blogger ( nonprofit founder ( and big-time reader. As they say, if you're gonna write good stuff, you have to read good stuff. A ginger, too - ergo the "Red" - although some of it's going white. Cinnamon-Sugar, I call it. Tattooed to boot; seven so far. At age 54, I'm stilling crankin' AC/DC & Metallica, but now and again I spin some Eric Church and Black Uhuru, too. I love hanging out with my (much) better half, spending time with our kids, writing, hiking, riding my mountain bike and reading.


bz · October 6, 2020 at 5:36 pm

— > Covid-19 is no big deal. Trump had it. He whipped it.

—-> He’s taken the coronavirus bull by the horns and wrestled the beast to the ground. Don’t worry, ’cause – by the Evangelicals’ God! – he’s got this. And if you’re tough like him, you will too.

* * * NOT even close! * * *
I’d lay dollars to donuts that he’s a walking dead man.
Relapse is Karma’s funnest tool and it’s coming for this dimwit who doesn’t know we understand you don’t “recover” in 3 days from a disease that takes weeks and often has lasting long-term effects such as heart damage, lung damage, other organ damage and even brain damage. OK, Trump is safe from the last one due to seriously lacking in a functioning brain. It’s in his other pants.

I just hope he lasts till after the election so he can be voted out of office.
But for that to happen, his stunts for the cameras would have to stop.

    Martin C. Fredricks IV · October 6, 2020 at 5:38 pm

    “OK, Trump is safe from the last one (brain damage).” You crack me up, Bruce.

    Martin C. Fredricks IV · October 6, 2020 at 5:38 pm

    And I agree… just until the election…

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