Trump on steroids

When he returned to the White House from the hospital Monday night, we saw President Trump on steroids — literally, as he was prescribed the medication for his COVID-19 symptoms, but also figuratively, as he fully embraced the coronavirus skepticism with which he has flirted all year despite seeming to struggle to take a full breath.

The literal may be feeding the figurative here. Feelings of euphoria and mania are common steroid side effects, and Trump says he is “FEELING GREAT.” But mostly, I suspect, this is simply Trump becoming more himself. His coronavirus diagnosis may be remembered as a tipping point (his eldest son reportedly believes he is “acting crazy”), but the president’s behavior of recent days is at most unleashed by his condition and treatment, not created by it.



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