Opinion: Why Trump doesn't want to wear a mask
April 7, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.
It's no surprise that President Donald Trump says he won't follow CDC recommendations to wear a mask to stop the spread of coronavirus, writes Michael D'Antonio. Ever the defiant and self-involved Baby Boomer, Trump's response is the expression of both a political idea -- anti-governmentism -- and of a kind of morality that surged as he was making his name as a property developer.
Michael D'Antonio is the author of the book "Never Enough: Donald Trump and the Pursuit of Success" and co-author with Peter Eisner of "The Shadow President: The Truth About Mike Pence. " The opinions expressed in this commentary are those of the author.
And no surprise that President Donald Trump -- ever the defiant and self-involved Baby Boomer -- says he would only wear one if he "thought it was important. " At a press Friday, he said "I think wearing a face mask as I greet presidents, prime ministers, dictators, kings, queens, I don't know.
The larger historical and political context of the President's remarks should be unpacked, but let's stop for a moment and reflect on the personal mindset Trump revealed with them.
All of the president's failures reflect his inability to think of America as a community in need of a responsive government.
With Trump's response to the pandemic we see the expression of both a political idea -- anti-governmentism -- and of a kind of morality that surged at the same time.
Born into extreme wealth in 1946, the first year of the Baby Boom, Trump has, at every turn, embodied the worst of its impulses, including narcissism, greed, and self-indulgent irresponsibility.