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This comic from Garry Trudeau reminds me of the fact that back in 2014 — even before he was running for president — Donald Trump launched a panicked Twitter rampage (over 100 tweets!) about the Ebola virus. Trump attacked Barack Obama and other Democrats, and even called for Obama to resign.

Trump used Ebola as a campaign issue during the 2014 midterms, which was repeated by the media. This issue helped the Republicans gain 9 seats in the Senate and 13 in the House. But soon after the midterms, Trump stopped tweeting about it, because he didn’t actually care about Ebola other than as a political weapon.

Due to the competent and effective response from the Obama administration, nobody ever contracted Ebola in the US. The two deaths here were people who had contracted it in Africa, and who were quarantined so that they didn’t spread it to anyone else.



  1. Mark Hipgrave wrote:

    I can’t understand why no one has yet asked DT a really simple question like:

    “How come, Mr President, when you are doing such a great job managing this CV pandemic, the USA has so many cases and so many deaths, way more than any other country and in particular way more than China, where it all started?”

    Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at 4:30 pm | Permalink
  2. Iron Knee wrote:

    What good would it do?

    Reporters have asked similar questions, and Trump just attacks them, and never answers the question.

    Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at 4:33 pm | Permalink
  3. Lewtoo wrote:

    Such a nasty question LOL

    Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 5:24 am | Permalink
  4. Hassan wrote:

    Mark, question is fine, but China and its numbers are not trustworthy. Maybe ask about South Korea, and other transparent countries

    Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 6:46 am | Permalink
  5. Mad Hatter wrote:

    Appropriately worded question from say Fox or OAN: Mr. President, you’ve done such a great job during the pandemic!! To what to contribute our winning the body count? Thank you for putting America First and winning so much that we’ll tire of winning. Again thank you for being such a great leader.

    Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 7:14 am | Permalink
  6. ebdoug wrote:

    My neighbor, a brainwashed Fox News watcher knows that the numbers are inflated. John’s Hopkins records or not.

    Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 1:58 pm | Permalink