Fintan O’Toole: Trump has not sacrificed himself for his people. Quite the opposite

If Aids was Trump’s Vietnam, Covid-19 is his director’s cut of Apocalypse Now

US president Donald Trump removes his face mask at the White House on Monday after returning from the Walter Reed medical centre, where he underwent treatment for Covid-19. Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images

US president Donald Trump removes his face mask at the White House on Monday after returning from the Walter Reed medical centre, where he underwent treatment for Covid-19. Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images

In May 1998, when HIV was still a deadly virus, Donald Trump discussed the threat of infection with the radio shock jock Howard Stern. Neither man seemed even to consider the question of whether he might infect his sexual partner – the question was exclusively the other way around.

Stern put it to Trump that he might say to a woman: “Look, you’ve got to go take a medical test before I do you.” Trump agreed, but added that “the problem is that sometimes your own chemicals take over and you can’t wait”.

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