The Democratic Party should not wish for death

President Donald Trump’s announcement regarding he and the first lady’s positive COVID-19 tests Oct. 2 was a shock to the nation and caused widespread concern as the presidential election nears.

Some Democrats took this as an opportunity to publicly hope for the president’s death. 

Since the announcement, CBS News relayed the similar decisions that Facebook, Twitter and TikTok came to, in which the platforms assert that posts wishing for someone’s death or inviting violence will be removed for violating user guidelines.

Rebel News reported on the words of previous staffers for former President Barack Obama, as well as Elizabeth Warren and Hillary Clinton’s respective campaigns.

The article cited former Obama staffer Zara Rahim specifically, as she said in a since-deleted tweet, “It’s been against my moral identity to tweet this for the past four years, but, I hope he dies.”

It is statements like this one from ex-staffers like Rahim that force the entire Democratic Party directly into the trap the Republican Party has set for them. 

The partisan division of the nation has produced a flood of polarizing articles, videos and advertisements seeking to bring down the opposing party. 

NBC News reported that at the Republican National Convention, Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani said, “Soon protests turned into riots in many other American cities, almost all Democrats.”

Additionally, according to the NBC News article, “[Giuliani] blamed the violence on ‘Black Lives Matter and ANTIFA’ who he said ‘sprang into action’ and ‘hijacked peaceful protest into vicious brutal riots.’”

Of course, Democrats are blamed for the violence in the country, which is why these vicious comments about Trump’s health do nothing but harm the Democratic Party. Frankly, I think statements wishing for the president’s death are qualifying exactly what the Republican Party says about the Democrats, and proves to the public that neither party lies on a higher moral ground than the other.

It does not help the Democratic Party’s image when Democrats who formerly worked for reputable politicians attack the president so personally. Every person is a representative of their party nowadays, and reckless statements tarnish everyone who identifies with the speaker’s party.

Now, I’m not saying everyone must push their feelings aside to comfort Trump and that the nation, even the world, should reassess him and his past actions. I am not a fan of Trump, but I will not stand with anyone who wishes for another person’s death, no matter their background or the content of their character.

However, I think it is fair, warranted even, for people to share their feelings toward Trump and his administration’s handling of COVID-19. People are not obligated to worry for him, especially since he could’ve taken action earlier when he gained intelligence on the matter earlier this year, before the United States truly understood what COVID-19 actually was.

U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett of Texas’ District 35 posted a timeline of Trump’s coronavirus responses on his own government page. He provides the dates and statements Trump made to address the nation regarding COVID-19.

The timeline showed that it took Trump until Jan. 22 just to say, “We have it totally under control. It’s one person coming in from China. It’s going to be just fine.”

Doggett also shows the Trump administration’s previous detrimental actions, which disbanded the White House pandemic response team in May 2018 and removed the role of China’s disease control epidemiologist from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in July 2019.

Since the administration’s refusal to act quickly with heavy-duty restrictions, upward of 200,000 U.S. citizens have died, according to the CDC’s COVID-19 data tracker. Families have endured immeasurable pain in every aspect of the word.

At the very least, U.S. citizens should be allowed to express bitterness toward the president who seems to believe downplaying the severity of COVID-19 would spare the nation. However, I believe publicly hoping for Trump to die is counterintuitive and forces the left to take two steps back from progress. 

The Death Penalty Information Center stated that not only does the Democratic Party disagree with the death penalty, “Democrats continue to support abolishing the death penalty.”

Disagreement and distaste for the politics of a human should not be grounds for a death sentence.

The president does not deserve the forgiveness of the people nor does he deserve sympathy, but he also does not deserve death. And it is shameful for Democrats to believe so.