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The fact that many people see President Trump getting COVID-19 as some form of divine retribution is wrong, infers Brendan O'Neill of Spiked. Much of this thought process comes from a left-wing perspective that already demonized Trump and his supporters before the virus emerged. This argument is based on the notion that they committed a great sin by not trusting scientists and rapidly adhering to the pro-mask voices in America. The schadenfreude towards the president and his suffering is not justified. However, people who feel this way and justify it do so from a spiteful, political place that is steeped in left-wing identity politics.

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It is justified to feel that Donald Trump catching COVID-19 is symbolic, holds John Avlon of CNN. The president spent most of 2020 downplaying the pandemic, making fun of others for wearing masks. His campaign used attack ads to spread vicious rumors about the health of Joe Biden and, in the past Hillary Clinton, painting them as unfit for office. All of this backfired tremendously when Trump caught COVID-19, in a way that felt like poetic justice. In fact, him getting sick might help save lives, as his hardcore supporters that long shunned masks and saw COVID-19 as overblown might actually take the virus seriously now.

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