Hypocritical NYT Get Well Wishes to Trump
by Stephen Lendman(stephenlendman.org
Since Trump announced his candidacy for president in June 2015, the Times has gone all-out to denigrate him.
There’s plenty about him to criticize. I’ve written volumes on his destructive to human health and welfare domestic and geopolitical agendas.
What’s most important about his record in office to criticize, the Times and most other establishment media ignore.
Notably it includes his wars by hot and other means, serving privileged interests exclusively at the expense of ordinary people everywhere, his contempt for ecosanity, and indifference toward peace, equity, justice and the rule of law.
Following his reported Covid infection illness, Times editors headlined “get well” wishes — a hollow gesture by a broadsheet militantly hostile toward him.
In daily editions, its editors, columnists, and contributors assail him relentlessly — going all-out for Biden to defeat him in November, its reporting consistently one-sided and distorted, while ignoring a near-half century of Biden criminality.
Saying “(t)he president’s heath is matter of national security” belies reality.
According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, nearly half of US presidents from 1789 to 1974 had psychiatric disorders, over a fourth meeting the criteria while in office.
Emotional disorders included depression, anxiety ranging from social phobia to generalized anxiety disorder, bipolarity, manic thinking, alcoholism, sleep apnea associated with declining cognitive functioning, and Alzheimer’s disease.
George Washington experienced, influenza, pneumonia, diphtheria, tuberculosis, smallpox, malaria, dysentery, and dental problems, along with visual and hearing impairment.
Shortly after his inauguration as president, he suffered from what he called “a very large and painful tumor on the protuberance of my thigh.”
“This prevents me from walking or sitting.” Surgically removed, the incision took weeks to heal, during which time he mainly lay on his right side.
Reportedly he feared dying young. He lived to age-67. A throat infection became lethal.
Lincoln reportedly suffered from lifelong depression.
John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Chester Arthur, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt, Jack Kennedy, and Ronald Reagan were ill in office.
Lincoln, Roosevelt, Kennedy, William Henry Harrison, Zachary Taylor, James Garfield, William McKinley, and Warren Harding died in office.
At least six former US presidents were incapacitated in office.
For Wilson, it was from a disabling stroke. Before elected, he suffered from neurological problems, severe headaches causing double vision. and signs of heart weakness.
Yet he served two terms as president, including during WW I.
Franklin Roosevelt contracted poliomyelitis at age-39, leaving him paralyzed below the hips.
In office, he suffered from hypertensive heart disease and high blood pressure.
Elected president four times — serving during the Great Depression and WW II — he died near war’s end of a cerebral hemorrhage.
Jack Kennedy was ill throughout most of his life. According to individuals close to him, “from a medical standpoint, (he) was a mess.”
He was hospitalized more than three dozen times and given last rites on three occasions.
If not assassinated by the CIA for wanting war in Southeast Asia ended, rapprochement with Soviet Russia, nuclear disarmament and other reasons, he likely would have died prematurely from natural causes.
Ronald Reagan had numerous health issues, though none debilitating or serious until shot in 1981.
Alzheimer’s disease was another matter. Signs appeared during his second term — long before an official diagnosis at age-83.
Despite a long history of ill presidents, eight dying in office, the nation never missed a beat — national security not compromised by incapacitated or otherwise ill presidents.
The Times falsely said by “refus(ing) to wear a mask or observe social distancing guidelines, (Trump) put not only himself but also all of America at risk (sic).”
It defied reality, claiming that his “illness will throw the highest levels of government into disarray (sic).”
It never happened before during the republic’s history and won’t going forward because of a presidential illness, serious or otherwise.
Of concern for Trump is becoming ill weeks before November 3 elections.
Will it harm or hurt his chance for a second term?
Behind in polls to Biden, will contracting Covid disease — requiring hospitalization, treatment, and self-quarantine — gain him a few points in sympathy support from undecided voters?
Will his illness inspire greater turnout on election day from supporters?
Or will having to suspend public activities, likely for around two weeks, lessen his chance for reelection?
On October 1, Trump disclosed his illness via Twitter — so far not reflected positively or negatively in polls.
The two most recent ones reported by Real Clear Politics — conducted from September 30 – October 1 — showed Biden ahead by 7 points in one, 3 points in the other.
Results of polls conducted after his announced Covid illness will give a clearer picture of whether his support increased, decreased, or stayed much the same.
My two Wall Street books are timely reading:
“How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion, and Class War”
“Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity”