Using a new ad from the Lincoln Project that reminds viewers what they have lost because Donald Trump bungled the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, Rick Wilson — one of the founders of Never Trumper PAC — asked his Twitter followers to share how the deadly health crisis has impacted their lives.
Re-labeling the novel coronavirus as the “Trump virus” Wilson asked, “Share your stories of what COVID has taken from you,” which led to a flood of stories about not being with loved ones when they passed, inability to visit elderly parents and one person having to decide whether to put a beloved pet down early over fears of not being able to be there at the end due to COVID-19 restrictions.
You can see the ad that spurred the comments as well as some responses — many of them heartbreaking — below:
Share your stories of what COVID has taken from you. https://t.co/JJL5wir59x
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) July 28, 2020
I haven’t seen my parents or brother since December. My father’s AfiB is getting worse. He broke a bone last week. My mom was just diagnosed with diabetes. And I didnt get to say farewell in person to my best friend since kindergarten, when he died recently to bone cancer.
— Dᴇᴀғ 2 Dᴇᴀᴛʜsᴛᴀʀ (@Deaf2Cheka) July 28, 2020
I’m an infectious disease physician. I’ve been living separately from my wife and daughter for 5 months to minimize their risk. I miss hugging my little girl.
— Tom Keeling (@tomkeeling) July 28, 2020
My 98-year-old dad had to witness his wife (my step-mom) being buried in April via Zoom. Our families couldn’t be there for him. pic.twitter.com/5Xp55te1y6
— Don Giller (@thedonz5) July 28, 2020
A wake/funeral for my dad who lived in Tx. Having to ID his body using FaceTime and so much more.
— Debbie (@Dangchick1) July 28, 2020
Watching my grandchildren be “homeschooled” by my daughter has been painful. She is definitely not capable of the teaching role. We are postponing our retirement “fun” to tutor the kids. Though, fun isn’t exactly in the picture right now. The daily confusion & misdirection? Ugh
— SFAnnie 🏴🏴 (@MerkinMadness53) July 28, 2020
My son is in a psychiatric care facility. I have seen him once in 4 months via zoom. We have been unable to support our son during a very difficult time in his life and ours. We have not been able to give him a hug and say ” it’s gonna be ok!”
98 days left MF, 98 days!!!
— Jerome “Dr Death” Palmer (@PalmerJeromeK) July 28, 2020
Went to visit my mom with my kids. She lives with her sister. She’s 88 and doesn’t understand what covid is. Has dementia and doesn’t get it we can only go up to the glass of the window and wave. For her protection. I had to take the kids when the tears started to fall.
— Newsy (@NYTruthSeekers) July 28, 2020
My first child is having her first child. Missed all the pregnancy firsts. Due date is 8/9. Not allowed to visit in the hispital or even send flowers. Won’t be able to hold our first grandbaby. Who knows how long. New Aunts and Uncles can’t visit. No intergenerational photos.
— MamaBurf (@MamaBurf) July 28, 2020
Being able to hold and hug each other as my husband’s brother died of cancer in June. 25 people total allowed at his services, standing far apart isolated from each other and the grief we wanted to help each other through with human touch and closeness. RIP Dom. ❤️
— Maud63 (@maudi63) July 28, 2020
My health insurance. My job is technically “furloughed” but i have no illusions that I will be back until the end of the year at the earliest. For the first time in my life I’m on government assistance and it’s makes me sick to my stomach thinking about it.
— Mikes2start (@mikes2start) July 28, 2020
2 of my grandbabies 5th birthdays..a week apart. They did not understand why they had to be alone, posed in front of a cake and balloons by themselves. 😭 Now 3 of my grandbabies start kindergarten via video in 2 weeks. I am so glad they are safe..but my arms ache to hold them. pic.twitter.com/HxwNI5zSNu
— starrynitedesigns (@starrynitedsgn) July 28, 2020
My dog is 16.5 and time closing in on our last hours. We are forced to decide to end her life now or face having to be separated from her when she takes her last breath, since some vets at the dog ER won’t allow people in.
It’s killing me.
— JW (@WayneResistance) July 28, 2020
Our wedding at the river was replaced with a small socially distant wedding with two witnesses, and I almost couldn’t go see my dying father in the hospital because of the risk of exposure since I have breast cancer. I went up anyway in my Tyvek suit. Oh also I lost my job. pic.twitter.com/VblCcGyNLv
— Beth Donica (@bethdonica2) July 28, 2020
I’ll have to close when my lease (which is a giant hole where all the money goes) is up. It could be worse but it is the ruination of years of investment and the labor of love.
— Vintagecat (@vintage_vendor) July 28, 2020
Our freedom! Our son is very immunocompromised after a kidney transplant. We dare not travel from our front door. We cannot work, shop, vote, spend time with family & friends. The Trump Virus and Trump’s misinformation campaign about masks & social distancing have IMPRISONED us.
— Barb R (@BarbekindR) July 28, 2020
Visiting with mother outside
and over a bush thru a dirty window watching her cry for the first time ever. pic.twitter.com/c7ZAAtfQO2
— Just Me (@squashum) July 28, 2020
I had to drop off our termial 14 year old Golden Retriever at the vet’s front door. Could not be present to comfort and thank her for her selfless devotion as she left this world.
— Michelle Henesy (@HenesyMichelle) July 28, 2020
My mother passed away in a nursing home, with COVID-like symptoms (but never tested). We were allowed to see her once in the 5 or 6 weeks she was sick. These are indeed tough times, made much tougher by a president who refused to take action early on.
— BarbPatter1 (@Good2GoMom) July 28, 2020
Not only what COVID has taken from us, but what Trump’s mishandling has taken. Thousands died that should be here. Alone. People disabled that should be healthy. Forced to stay in longer because he politicized masks. The virus would create a new normal. Trump took that as well.
— Robin 🌊🌊🌊 ❄️ (@robinlkd) July 28, 2020
New filings reveal Trump’s campaign and the GOP are in dire financial trouble
On Tuesday, The New York Times reported that new filings show President Donald Trump's campaign — and the Republican Party itself — are teetering on the brink of financial oblivion.
"New filings with the Federal Election Commission showed the extent of Mr. Trump’s cash troubles, which are severe enough that he diverted time from key battleground states and flew to California on Sunday for a fund-raiser with just over two weeks until Election Day," reported Shane Goldmacher and Rachel Shorey. "The president ended September with just over half as much money as he had at the beginning of the month."
University of Florida students get threatening emails warning them to vote for Trump — or else
On Tuesday, the Miami Herald reported that University of Florida students are receiving threatening emails with the subject line "Vote for Trump or else!"
"Alachua County officials were made aware of the emails on Tuesday morning. In one of the emails, the sender told a voter to 'vote for Trump on Election Day or we will come after you,' according to a copy obtained by the Miami Herald," reported Ana Ceballos and Carli Teproff. "'Change your party affiliation to Republican to let us know you received our message and will comply,' the email said. 'We will know which candidate you voted for. I would take it seriously if I were you.'"
Trump may strip supposed ‘anarchist’ cities of federal COVID relief funding: report
A report uncovered Tuesday night shows federal funding potentially being slashed in sanctuary cities like New York, Portland, Ore., Washington, D.C. and Seattle, Wash. The areas on the chopping block include coronavirus relief, HIV treatment, newborn screenings, and other programs that regularly help the middle and lower class residents of these states.
In the new documents obtained by Politico, President Donald J. Trump referred to the sanctuary cities as “anarchist jurisdictions."A month earlier in a Sept. 2 order, Trump called on federal agencies to limit funding to jurisdictions that “disempower” police departments and promote “lawlessness" -- a move that stemmed from protests over systemic racism and police violence.