Donald Trump Told His Followers "Don't Be Afraid Of COVID" — And Amanda Kloots Had A Gut-Wrenching Response
"We saw what this disease can do. So guess what? We are afraid."
Yesterday, Donald Trump tweeted that after several days spent in Walter Reed National Military Medical Center battling COVID-19, he would return to the White House to continue his treatment at home.
In that same tweet, he controversially told his followers, "Don't be afraid of COVID" and "Don't let it dominate your life," downplaying the severity of a disease that has killed 210,000-plus Americans under his watch.
One of those 210,000 people was Broadway actor Nick Cordero, who spent 95 days in the hospital fighting for his life after contracting COVID-19 in March. He went into a coma, suffered major lung damage, was put on a ventilator, and had a blood clot in his leg that required amputation. He died on July 5, 2020, leaving behind his wife, Amanda Kloots, and 1-year-old son, Elvis. He was 41 years old.
Last night, Amanda took to Instagram and responded to the president's tweet in a series of heartbreaking posts.
"To all the over 208,000 Americans who lost loved ones to this virus — I stand by you, with you, holding your hand," she wrote in one post. "Unfortunately it did dominate our lives didn’t it? It dominated Nick’s family’s lives and my family’s lives. I guess we 'let it' — like it was our choice??"
She continued, "Unfortunately not everyone is lucky enough to spend two days in the hospital. I cried next to my husband for 95 days watching what COVID did to the person I love. It IS something to be afraid of."
She added, "After you see the person you love the most die from this disease you would never say what this tweet says. There is no empathy to all the lives lost. He is bragging instead. It is sad. It is hurtful. It is disgraceful."
And in an emotional video posted to her Instagram story, Amanda urged Trump to "have some empathy."
"You guys, I'm honestly not a very political person, but this is really hard to ignore. I'm sitting here in my house and I'm honestly frozen. I can't really even move. I couldn't believe what I read," she said.
"[My family and I] saw what this disease can do. So guess what? We are afraid. We are. I still am," she said through tears. "I think about if I got it, if I got as sick as Nick...little Elvis, he doesn't have his mom anymore. So I'm afraid."
She continued: "To act like this disease is nothing and you got right over it? I'm so happy that you did. Thank god you did. But guess what? There are a lot of people who didn't. And now, instead of bragging about how wonderful you did, why don't you say, 'Wow, now that I've had this disease, I now can understand a little bit better how it could have affected our country and these people. And what can we do — what can I do — now that I have that knowledge?'"
She suggested what Trump should have tweeted, instead of "bragging" about getting to leave the hospital:
"I stand with those grieving families. Because this disease is terrible. And we should all continue to wear our masks, and social distance, until this thing is done. Until we have fought it as a country, as a people, as a world."
That's the tweet you send.