Nero vs Trump

An Editorial Comment

The more things change, the more they remain the same.

In July of 64 A.D., a great fire ravaged Rome for six days, destroying 70 percent of the city and leaving half its population homeless. According to a well-known expression, Rome’s emperor at the time, the decadent and unpopular Nero, “fiddled while Rome burned.” The expression has a double meaning: Not only did Nero play music while his people suffered, but he was an ineffectual leader in a time of crisis. 

In March of 2020 A.D., a great epidemic ravaged the United States and quickly became a pandemic. While his people suffered, Donald Trump organized and attended rallies in an attempt to win re-election while telling his followers that there is no problem. He did whatever he could to discourage people from wearing masks and staying away from crowds. He was unable to play a fiddle, so he played Golf instead. While the number of deaths climbed higher, Trump continued to contradict the doctors and scientists and insist we have passed the curve. Keeping in character, Trump fired anyone who contradicted him.

Having lost the election in November 2020 to Joe Biden, he refused to concede and turn over the government to the new team that was ready to start a task force to fight the pandemic.

The only constant in the legacy of Donald J. Trump was his ability to tell lies. 

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