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In a bizarre video posted this afternoon by Donald Trump, he claimed that he was feeling great (citation needed) and that catching COVID-19 was the best thing that could’ve happened to him.

In that video, besides confusing the company that makes his experimental drug for the drug itself, claiming he would be making it free for people who need it (no proof of that yet), and claiming the virus was purposely sent here from China (no), he said, “I think this was a blessing from God that I caught it. This was a blessing in disguise.”

Well, no doubt lots of people were thanking God when he caught it…

But we don’t know if he’s still testing positive for it now. We don’t know what his health is actually like. His White House won’t share relevant information with the public.

Beyond that, though, the hubris it takes to thank God for giving him a disease that has killed off 210,000 Americans (and counting) is both heartless and appalling. What does it say about victims? That God wasn’t blessing them? That they deserved to die?

Trump is incapable of recognizing that the treatment he received as president isn’t available or affordable for most every other American family. He received health care worth far more than the $750 he paid in federal income taxes for the first two years of his presidency.

All that said, his statement about the “blessing” makes sense as an excuse for why Republicans have refused to tackle the COVID crisis. If the virus is a blessing, then there’s no need to fight it, right?

Maybe God just needs to go further next time.

Hemant Mehta is the founder of, a YouTube creator, podcast co-host, and author of multiple books about atheism. He can be reached at @HemantMehta.

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