Trump's small, sad revelation of his own mortality

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At first glance, former President Donald Trump's statement about Colin Powell's death reads like the epitome of Trump's obituary.
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There is the derisive sarcasm ("wonderful to see Colin Powell treated so nicely"), the overt hypocrisy ("big mistakes in Iraq", a war that Trump himself supported and prolonged), the blatant insults ("he was a classic RINO, if at all "), a completely off-topic slap in the" fake news media "and just enough outrageous trolliness (" but anyway, may he rest in peace! ") to ensure his words get spread quickly despite social media its prohibitions on large platforms.
But there is also something very strange, very uncharacteristic, and possibly very revealing in the obituary: a reference to Trump's own death. "Hopefully this will happen to me one day," he jokes in the most succinct sentence of the obituary, alluding to the positive posthumous reassessment of the former foreign minister. This is something new, but not entirely new. It appears that Donald Trump has been pondering his own death since his death around this time last year.
He doesn't seem to have thought about this long before 2020 when he contracted a supposedly severe case of COVID-19. For many years, Trump openly despised people who died, as if shaking off this mortal spiral would be a sign of weakness (perhaps he is unaware of the research-backed correlation between fear of death and Trump support).
"Why should I go to this cemetery? It's full of losers," he reportedly complained when he canceled a visit to an American cemetery in France in 2018 and called hundreds of Marines who died in the 1918 Battle of Belleau Wood "sucks "for being killed. In a 2004 interview with Howard Stern, Trump described an eighty-year-old banging his head on the floor of a ballroom after falling off the stage. He admitted that he was more disgusted than concerned: "I thought he died," Trump said. "And do you know what I did? I said, 'Oh my god, that's disgusting' and turned away."
Trump's belief that somehow it has come to those who somehow die explains his tragic lack of urgency in the early days of the COVID-19 crisis. On August 29, 2020 - as the US approached 180,000 dead - Trump retweeted the false claim that "only 6 percent" of COVID-19 deaths affected "healthy" people, as if everyone else somehow didn't care because they did It's not hard enough to live.
Trump himself, of course, is not a paradigm for good health, despite trying to pretend to be that way. He asked his doctor to attribute him the title of "healthiest person ever elected to the presidency," boasted (with plenty of dog whistles) of his great genes, and covered up routine medical procedures during his tenure. The fact that Trump is a 75-year-old man who appears to live on fast food, diet soda and steak, sleeps "like three hours, four hours" a night, and abstains from exercise out of innate suspicion tells you everything you do need to know: this is a man who has spent seven decades not worrying about his own mortality, either without realizing it or actively avoiding the idea.
However, after his COVID-19 fear, that seems to have changed, even if Trump's habits haven't. "I could be one of the dying," the president reportedly told a confidante on the phone during his hospital stay with Walter Reed, when aides allegedly feared that he would soon be connected to a ventilator. "Reflects." New York, reporting the call, pointed out the weirdness of the verb: "Donald Trump, the least self-reflective man in America, pondered his own mortality."
Trump later admitted again that despite his good genes and golf regime, he may not be as tough as he thought: “This thing could go either way. It's tough. You told me it was difficult. “, He allegedly annoyed his helpers. Would he go "like Stan Chera," a friend who died of the disease after being hospitalized?
Trump's fears were quickly masked with flying colors after his release by Walter Reed. "Don't let [COVID-19] dominate your life," he told the Americans on his return to the White House, invincible again. Just no, not quite - the cracks are still there.
In February, Trump agreed to Newsmax host Greg Kelly's suggestion that Rush Limbaugh's death prompted him to look at "his own mortality for just a minute". "You're thinking about it," Trump admitted, which would have been an unusual admission just a few months earlier. Trump's whole tune was noticeably different: "He just got a bad deal with what he had," he said of Limbaugh's cancer. "It wasn't something that could be hit and he understood that."
In the Powell Declaration, Trump's admission of his own mortality is clearly written as a joke. But often his most insightful and truthful statements are coded as humor, and he has always been paranoid, a germophobe with "a long-term fear of poisoning" and loathing for people living with a disability or illness.
Still, the ex-president has not escaped many public warnings that he, too, is only a man. At least he has not done so before, in this small, sad attempt to mock the death of a political opponent.
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Donald Trump
45th President of the United States
Colin Powell
Former US Secretary of State and retired four-star general

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