Just yesterday, President Trump took another step toward being presidential, and with a burden that few of us can truly fathom the weight of.
Donald J. Trump, the business mogul from New York City-turned-television star, is now sitting in the captain’s chair of a nation adrift on a sea of unprecedented pandemic. Never in modern history has a President endured such an event, and hopefully few will ever need to again.
Part of his duty as the captain of this ship is to break the bad news to us when it comes around. Yesterday, Trump told us that, if we did every single thing perfectly, we might get out of this coronavirus pandemic with as few as 100,000 dead Americans. If we stay the social-distancing course we’re on now, that number could jump to 240,000 fairly easily.
Yet, in the hours after the President told us all that bad news was coming, Bette Midler, of all people, decided it was a good time to float a new theory out there about Donald Trump’s apparent envy over Barack Obama.
Actress Bette Midler has called President Donald Trump cruel and malignant following reports that the White House has decided not to re-open Obamacare marketplaces to new customers. In an extraordinary claim, the Beaches star said that the president’s “overwhelming jealousy” of Obama “will kill us all.”
The Trump administration has reportedly opted against re-opening Obamacare’s Healthcare.gov marketplaces for a special enrollment period, with Politico citing an anonymous White House official who said that the administration is “exploring other options.”
But Politico also noted that the Affordable Care Act already allows a special enrollment for people who have lost their workplace health plans, with some states that run their own insurance markets having already re-opened enrollment.
Bette Midler responded to the White House’s decision in a tweet Wednesday, writing that “there is no end to the cruelty and malignancy of @realdDonaldJTrump and his horrifying administration.”
She added: “His overwhelming jealousy of @BarackObama will kill us all.”
Judging by the adolescent nature of the attempted insult, it appears that this was nothing more than an attempt by Midler to farm some attention for herself by attacking a man whose job just became unfathomably difficult.