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Fox News’ Jesse Watters nailed precisely why the media is in such an uproar over President Donald Trump leaving Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Monday and returning to the White House.
The co-host of “The Five” likened Trump to a wounded general returning to the front lines, saying the president is now “invincible” as a result of the media’s unhinged coverage of his health.
“This thing was supposed to be a death sentence and he’s walking out of Walter Reed three days later, better than ever,” Watters said earlier on the show.
Trump has seemingly beat COVID-19, and has done so in record time. And while he’s not entirely out of the woods yet, there’s no denying the triumphant ring in the air.
“This is like the President says, he’s a wartime president,” Watters said. “This is like when the general gets wounded by an invisible enemy, goes and gets patched up and then gets right back to the front lines fighting this invisible enemy.”
He then suggested that the president should give a big speech to the nation.
“I think the speech should be humble and empathetic, and I think he should say and acknowledge that he was scared when he was diagnosed,” Watters said. “But the fact that he kept his resolve to continue to fight for the forgotten men and women of this country, that — listen, everybody knows Washington goes crazy. [Trump] says what he means, he does what he says, that drives people nuts. But at least you know where you stand.”
Watters said Trump can use this experience “as a pivot point to move in a different direction from coronavirus.”
“Go back to the populism that made him so popular and got him elected in 2016 — don’t make it about himself, make it about the people who he’s fighting for and that can be very effective,” he insisted.
Referencing the George Floyd protests earlier this year, Watters said this “kind of broke the quarantine” by getting everybody out of their house.
“It kind of broke the fever and people weren’t as scared,” he explained. “They left the basement, they got out in the streets and they protested.”
“This is a similar thing, this kind of breaks the fear factor,” Watters said, speaking of Trump’s experience.
An experience that puts things into perspective for the country.
“The president of the United States, surrounded by medical professionals, gets tested all the time, he’s out there traveling and everything like that,” Watters said. “He got sick, but you know what? He recovered. This puts things in perspective. And I’m not saying you don’t fear the virus, but don’t live in fear, you’re not going to be crippled by it. And hopefully, that can be a good symbol for the rest of the country to reopen safely and strongly.”
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