I subscribe to The Week magazine and there were three interesting tidbits that appeared in the latest issue of the magazine. The first two show how the Republicans and their anti-masking, anti-vaccination drum beat has divided our nation possibly beyond repair.
A shopper at an Omaha grocery store was shot with a BB gun for wearing a face mask. The unnamed victim was leaving the store when an unmasked assailant spat at him and then shot him multiple times, causing injuries to the victim’s face, neck, and shoulder. “I asked him why he would do that,” the victim said, “and he said: ‘You’re on the other team.’”
Doctors in Covid-ravaged Missouri say that anti-vaccine sentiment runs so high that some patients are wearing disguises to get their shots. Dr. Priscilla Frase of Ozarks Healthcare says patients have begged her, “‘Please, please, please don’t let anybody know that I got this vaccine.’” The hospital now offers shots in a “private setting” to protect patients from being shunned.
And this last tidbit begs the question, “What is he so desperately trying to hide?”
Former President Donald Trump’s lawyer this week said he will fight “tooth and nail” to block the Treasury Department from releasing Trump’s tax returns to House Democrats. The new legal battle follows a ruling by the Justice Department that the Treasury Department must comply with a House committee’s request for six years of Trump’s returns. Treasury planned to comply, but the case could still take months to resolve.
In 2019, Trump’s Treasury Secretary, Steve Mnuchin, refused the House’s request, saying it “lacks a legitimate legislative purpose.” Trump’s lawyer said nothing has changed since and argued that the real aim of the House inquiry — said to be undertaken to examine how the IRS audits presidents — is to embarrass Trump.
I’m convinced that there is nothing that can embarrass Trump. He has no shame; he is beyond embarrassment.