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Virus could gift Trump his victory, but RTE isn't so creative

Declan Lynch


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US President Donald Trump. Photo: AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta

US President Donald Trump. Photo: AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta

US President Donald Trump. Photo: AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta

While it was funny in its own grisly way to see the Trumper telling lies about the coronavirus, talking it down and talking up the prospects of a vaccine, it has to be said that on this one, he is up against it.

He is playing away from home, against the wind, and even he must be wondering if there's any way this game can be rigged. For two reasons in particular, it is alien to him - it involves consideration of the common good on a grand scale, a concept that has no meaning for him. And there's no money in it.

He was trying to look after at least one of the money angles by telling his lies as the Dow plunged, as if he could somehow command the markets to rise again by the sheer force of his dishonesty. But that didn't work, and down it kept going - down down, deeper and down, as Status Quo would have it.