“The Purell presidency: Trump aides learn the president’s real red line” (Politico, January 7, 2019):
A self-described germaphobe, the 45th president is strictly enforcing proper hygiene inside the White House — and wherever else he goes.
He asks visitors if they’d like to wash their hands in a bathroom near the Oval Office.
“If you’re the perpetrator of a cough or of a sneeze or any kind of thing that makes you look sick, you get that look,” said a former Trump campaign official. “You get the scowl. You get the response of — he’ll put a hand up in a gesture of, you should be backing away from him, you should be more considerate and you should extricate yourself from the situation.”
The president’s admitted germaphobia has been a fixture throughout his career — from real-estate deal rooms to casino floors — and it’s now popping up in more public ways. It could create another round of tactile challenges as Trump launches his 2020 campaign, during which he might try to steer visitors toward his signature thumbs-up selfies and away from handshakes for the next 16 months.
Democrats on Facebook love to say that Donald Trump is stupid, but doesn’t coronavirus make him look smart in retrospect? Maybe COVID-19 came out of a secret Republican National Committee laboratory?
Separately, a Facebook post from a righteous (and now disappointed) Elizabeth Warren supporter:
The news needs to show more White people with covid19 to help quell this tide of insane anti-Asian racism.
(She may have a point; we went for dim sum a couple of weeks ago and there was no wait for a table!)