Fintan O’Toole: Donald Trump’s campaign has a joyful new message – ‘I’m alive!’
The same cannot be said for the 220,000 Americans the virus has killed so far
US president Donald Trump’s campaign now consists primarily of showing himself to his people and inviting them to bask in the wonder of his resurrection. Photograph: Gene J Puskar/AP
‘His Majesty’s health has never been better.” This is the closing line of the bulletin of the Grand Armée of Napoleon Bonaparte, dispatched, on its catastrophic retreat from Moscow, on December 3rd, 1812.
It reached Paris 15 days later and only two days ahead of the arrival of the emperor himself. Napoleon had led the largest army then assembled in Europe to its destruction. He had presided over the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people. But his health had never been better.