Trump’s coronavirus hypocrisy: From masks to mail voting, he’s special and we’re not.
John J. Pitney Jr., Opinion contributor Published 5:00 a.m. ET April 8, 2020 | Updated 9:56 a.m. ET April 8, 2020CLOSE How does coronavirus enter the body, and why does it become fatal for some compared to just a cough or fever for others? USA TODAYReal patriotism involves obeying the law, serving other Americans and making an effort to share their sacrifices. Trump has fallen short all his life.President Donald Trump sent a couple of messages to America last week: You shouldn’t vote by mail, even though I do. And you might want to wear masks, even though I won’t.Because crowded voting sites can spread COVID-19, some states are trying to expand mail-in balloting. At his Friday press briefing, Trump spat on the idea: “No, it shouldn’t be mailed in. You should vote at the booth.” The Republican National Committee, which answers to Trump, is taking legal action to stop the mail-in effort. And in Wisconsin on Monday, Republican legislators and conservative court majorities thwarted Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ attempts to postpone Tuesday’s primary election and extend voting by mail. So people risked their health to vote in person.As various news organizations have reminded us, Trump voted by mail in the 2018 midterm election and last