Saturday, October 15, 2022

the last book I ever read (Frankly, We Did Win This Election: The Inside Story of How Trump Lost, excerpt six)

from Frankly, We Did Win This Election: The Inside Story of How Trump Lost by Michael C. Bender:

The main entrance from the south side of the White House is a set of doors that open into the Diplomatic Reception Room—one of four similarly sized oval-shaped suites in the building. But the Dip Room, as the locals call it, holds its own unique history. In the 1830s, slaves used the space to polish silver. In the 1930s, FDR sat near the open hearth and delivered his popular fireside radio chats. In 1961, First Lady Jackie Kennedy redecorated and hung striking hand-painted wallpaper depicting panoramic views of American landscapes and entertained ambassadors and visiting diplomats who were welcome there for much of the twentieth century.

On September 6, 2020, President Trump used the room to host a Covid-19 superspreader.

Just like so many other key moments in the Trump White House, the superspreader was a spur-of-the-moment thing. And just like a long list of Trump’s self-inflicted troubles, this one arose from a willful disregard for traditional protocols.

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