COVID-19 survivors speak

Kellyanne Conway and Melania Trump, both recent victims of COVID-19, managed to recover sufficient lung capacity to speak in Pennsylvania recently. The video is on PBS and a transcript on Rev.

I had never seen a video of Melania Trump before and it was interesting to hear her perspective. Some excerpts:

For the first time in history, the citizens of this country get to hear directly and instantly from their president every single day through social media. I do not always agree with the way he says things but it is important to him that he speaks directly to the people he serves.

The Democrats have chosen to put their own agendas ahead of the American people’s wellbeing. Instead, they attempt to create a divide, a divide on something that should be nonpartisan and non-controversial.

While the President was taking decisive action to keep the American people safe, the Democrats were wasting American taxpayer dollars in a sham impeachment. They cared more about removing our elected president.

Joe Biden attacked President Trump’s decision to put the American people first and closing travel from China. He called it xenophobic hysteria. Now he suggest that he could have done a better job. The American people can look at Joe Biden’s 36 years in Congress and eight years in the Vice Presidency and determine whether they think he will finally be able to get something done for the American people.

Before my husband decided to run for President, the media loved him because they saw the man that I see every day. Someone tough, successful, and fair. … A man who sees potential in everyone he meets, no matter their gender, race, religion, or sexual orientation. … But when he decided to run for the President as a Republican, the media created a different picture of my husband, one I don’t recognize, and treated all his supporters with equal disdain. The media has chosen to focus on stories of idle gossip and palace intrigue by editorializing real events and policies with their own bias and agendas.

Apparently Melania has been paying close attention to events in Washington and beyond. She espouses a traditional (for American politicians) message of prosperity and security:

This election isn’t just about the next year. It’s about the next four years and beyond. It’s about continuing to set this country on a course of real prosperity and success. We can’t and we shouldn’t go backwards. Donald Trump is the man who will lead us and empower us to make that greater future together. Donald Trump will expand and grow the economy and keep us safe.

Joe Biden’s policy and socialist agenda will only serve to destroy America and all that has been built in the past four years. We must keep Donald in the White House so he can finish what he started and our country can continue to flourish.

And she’s kind of humble:

Thank you for taking time out of your day to be here with me.

Readers: Could Melania win a Senate race in her new home of Florida, for example? Rick Scott is 67, which is 20 years younger than Dianne Feinstein. On the other hand, maybe Scott would rather do something else in what would traditionally be considered his Golden Years.

16 thoughts on “COVID-19 survivors speak

  1. > Before my husband decided to run for President, the media loved him because they saw the man that I see every day.

    I don’t know what media she was seeing or what man she was seeing every day, but if the media loved Trump before he decided to run for President they changed their tune awfully fast. By July/August of 2016 Jonathan Rauch of the Atlantic was calling him “A Virus” in his breathtaking defense of the American political establishment:

    Pathogens: Donald Trump and other viruses

    As for myself, I don’t recall a time that anyone in the media “loved” Donald Trump. I think it’s fair to say that they covered his adventures and got some boost from having him on for color commentary, but “loving” him is a real stretch. He was no Oprah Winfrey.

    • Alex: The Media itself agrees with Melania. From 2015: “We in the media love Donald Trump. Even when we’re criticizing him — and boy, has he gotten plenty of criticism from people in the media over the last few days — we still love him. … It’s hard to think of too many people who have sustained the kind of celebrity Trump has for as long as he has. After all, he first started appearing in newspapers and magazines in the 1980s.”–now-cant-stopped

    • @Philg: That’s *very* cool. “On Lovers and Viruses: Strange Bedfellows and the Rise of Donald Trump”

  2. There is zero chance Melania wrote that. Look up some archive episodes of Apprentice to see the Trumps at home in their penthouse. The decor is late-Saddam Hussein and Melania is a bimbo.

    • Most politicians have one or more speechwriters. Why do we give Melania Trump less credit for what she chooses to say than, for example, Joe Biden?

  3. Funny you guys talk about “the media” as if its a singular voice.

    You don’t see Foxnews talking heads espousing their love for Trump?

    Everything in that speech written for her is just generalities, not a single fact or topic you can reasonably discuss.

    • @baz: When it comes to “the media” speaking as if it’s a singular voice, I would never would mistake them for doing that. I can’t think of anyone in “the media” who find the same ways to describe how horrifying Donald Trump is, but they’re certainly not unanimous! There’s tremendous competition going on to find new ways to describe him.

    • @baz: And like so many other people, believe it or not – I don’t watch Fox News. Never have. I don’t listen to Rush Limbaugh, either. I do listen to National Public Radio, WAMC in particular, where in a recent roundtable discussion they talked at length about the choices for the future of Fox News, which basically amounted to demanding that anyone who ever works for them in the future should be systematically destroyed.

  4. My best guess at this point is that Melania Trump could be working hard in the Mountain View correctional institution or some other similar place.

    “Ruth Hill of The Observer described the unit as “intimidating”, saying that the “bunker-like buildings are punctuated with slit windows and wreathed in wire, with guard towers on every corner.”

    I think a lot of “the media” are competing to figure out which office she should occupy next, and they’re not going to be satisfied until she goes there. She may need someone to write her next speeches in braille:

    “Around 2001, several inmates at Mountain View were in a Windham School District effort to translate textbooks into braille.[10] These books are intended for Texas schoolchildren and college and university students. Kevin VonRosenberg, one of the coordinators of the braille program, stated in 2014 that it is a very sought-after inmate positions. Prisoners learn how to use a Perkins Brailler, then use computers to do actual work. The program was established in 1999.[8] This is one of the largest braille programs within an American prison.[11]”

    We’ll see how it all turns out.

    • I caution Claudia though, because I’ve seen this before: The next thing is for her to come out as a lesbian and sue both her parents, or wind up in whatever comes after the next Everclear video. It’s a sad story to come from a fundamentally broken family, and she didn’t ask for it.

    • And by the way, I don’t particularly care that both Kellyanne and George are a schizophrenic couple, but I really do wish they wouldn’t inflict their injuries on the rest of us.

  5. > maybe Scott would rather do something else in what would traditionally be considered his Golden Years.

    Scott is rich as God. He has enough $ that he could be doing anything he wants. For him, politics is a recreational sport that he does because he enjoys it. He went from working as a lawyer on financial transactions for Dan Peña (who made billion$ doing roll-up acquisitions), to doing roll-ups for himself to build the largest healthcare company in America.

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