Sometimes, you don't realize how much you love someone until they're in trouble. That's how it was for us, the American people, when we heard that President Trump and Melania had tested positive for COVID-19. I bet you can remember exactly where you were when you first heard the news.
That moment clarified whatever feelings you had for Trump — good, bad or undecided.
It was like the moment when you hear your curmudgeonly grandfather is in hospital.
Suddenly, you realize just how much you love him even if he is gruff, unsentimental and delightfully non-PC.
That's what Trump's illness did for us. It made us realize how much we love him. We've never prayed harder in our lives than we did last weekend. We flooded the Throne of Grace with our prayers and our tears, waiting anxiously for any word on the President's health.
Finally it came in a hasty tweet. One can imagine Trump irritating his night nurse demanding, "C'mon! Just one little tweet. My children are worried. Gimme my damn phone."
A hasty tweet. More like a grandfather reassuring his worried grandkids. Ending with just one simple, "unprofessional" word: "LOVE!!!"
Just nine words but they made all the difference. From his home hospital bed, my husband watched the Likes, Retweets and Comments going up so fast, it was like watching someone spin the disks on a multiple combination lock.
In an awed voice Michael said, "Reagan was liked but Trump is loved."
It wasn't just us Americans whose feelings were clarified by Trump's illness. I think he learned something too and no, it had nothing to do with those ridiculous masks.
Trump learned just how much he means to us. How much we care. How much we appreciate and, yes, love him. For all his supposed "malignant narcissism," I don't think he really fathomed our appreciation, respect and love for him until now. Something "clicked" for him and for us.
He didn't expect the huge crowd outside Walter Reed. It began with just ten people standing on a street corner and soon swelled to hundreds of patriots singing, praying and chanting together. Americans who traveled hundreds of miles to sacrifice their time and comfort to stand outside Walter Reed for days. "People didn't even do that when Reagan was shot," Michael marveled.
Of course, most of the MAGA crowd feel his illness was no accident. Those who've fallen ill are too specific, too carefully selected, too mostly Republican. Those who remained well are as telling as those who contracted COVID-19.
The Mainstream Media were schizophrenic in their coverage. Their narrative changed so fast, they contradicted themselves. They couldn't decide if Trump was faking COVID to get out of "losing again" to Biden in the second debate or if he was terrified, gasping for air, seething with 'roid rage. Well, which is it!?! It can't be both!
Since Trump's discharge from Walter Reed, something's changed. The crowds at MAGA Rallies usually chanted, "Four more years!" "Lock her up," "USA" and "Fill that seat."
If Trump's illness was a soft coup (Nancy), and I believe it was (Nancy), it backfired spectacularly. Before he was our candidate. His illness made him family.
That became crystal clear yesterday when Trump addressed Candace Owens' Law and Order "peaceful protest." The crowd was shouting, "We love you." Trump ended his speech with the words, "Get out and vote and I-LOVE-YOU" said slowly and pointedly.
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