I never got to write the post about how the chaos of the first presidential debate may end up helping Trump because he came across as strong, and Biden as weak. The conventional wisdom was to the contrary.

That debate now seems like a gazillion years ago. Trump testing positive for coronavirus took the debate off the screens, giving rise to initial Resistance claims that Trump made it up, that he really didn’t test positive.

For once in its miserable existence, the Resistance may be onto something — not about faking a positive test, but that Trump contracting the virus may inure to his political benefit — assuming he survives it.

Trump is the master of the reality show, and now he is the complete center of attention with the whole world watching. Trump meets Survivor.

You will watch. You can’t not watch.

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I want to begin by thanking all of the incredible medical professionals, the doctors, the nurses, everybody at Walter Reed medical center. I think it’s the finest in the world for the incredible job they’ve been doing. I came here, wasn’t feeling so well. I feel much better now. We’re working hard to get me all the way back.

I have to be back because we still have to make America great. Again, we’ve done an awfully good job of that, but we still have steps to go and we have to finish that job and I’ll be back. I think I’ll be back soon.

And I look forward to finishing up the campaign the way it was started and the way we’ve been doing and the kind of numbers that we’ve been doing. We’ve been so proud of it, but this was something that happened and it’s happened to millions of people all over the world and I’m fighting for them, not just in the U.S. I’m fighting for them all over the world.

We’re going to beat this coronavirus or whatever you want to call it. And we’re going to beat it soundly.

So many things have happened. If you look at the therapeutics which I’m taking right now, some of them and others are coming out soon that are looking like, frankly, they’re miracles. If you want to know the truth, there are miracles. People criticize me when I say that, but we have things happening that look like they’re miracles coming down from God. So I just want to tell you that I’m starting to feel, I feel good.

You don’t know over the next period of a few days, I guess that’s the real test. So we’ll be seeing what happens over those next, next couple of days. I just want to be so thankful for all of the support I’ve seen, whether it’s on television or reading about it. Uh, I, most of all appreciate what’s been said by the American people, by almost a bipartisan consensus of American people. It’s a beautiful thing to see, and I very much appreciate it. And I won’t forget it promise you that….

They know what as your leader, what I have to go through, but I had no choice because I just didn’t want to stay in the White House. I was given that alternative, stay in the White House, lock yourself in, don’t ever leave. Don’t even go to the oval office, just stay upstairs and enjoy it. Don’t see people, don’t talk to people and just be done with it. And I can’t do that.

I had to be out front and this is America. This is the United States. This is the greatest country in the world. This is the most powerful country in the world. I can’t be locked up in a room upstairs and totally safe and just say, Hey, whatever happens happens. I can’t do that. We have to confront problems, as a leader, you have to confront problems. There’s never been a great leader that would have done that….

So I just want to thank everybody out there, everybody all over the world, specifically the United States, the outpouring of love has been incredible. I will never forget. Thank you very much.

I felt an energy coming from Trump in this video. He senses an opportunity.

 

 
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