For a nation reeling from the coronavirus, Donald Trump’s announcement, early Friday morning, Oct. 2, that he and first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpEric Trump falsely calls president’s coronavirus treatment a vaccine Trump rallies supporters at White House in first event since COVID-19 diagnosis Christie released from the hospital after COVID-19 diagnosis MORE had tested positive for the disease represented the perfect teachable moment.
On the one hand, it could not have come at a worse time. After a couple months of decline, over 20 states reported a daily increase in new COVID-19 cases. The NFL was forced to postpone several games. Many college campuses started classes, only to close weeks later, due to a resurgence of new cases. The death toll surpassed 200,000. With schools, restaurants, and businesses reopening, health experts warned of a fall resurgence.
On the other hand, Trump’s diagnosis came at just the right time. Assuming,