West Point graduates ordered to return for Trump’s speech, 16 tested positive for COVID


It feels redundant to report on the current president’s actions and point out how horrible they are. I don’t think he’s capable of doing any good because everything he does is self-serving. In what will become just another drop in the cistern of #45s crimes against his country, the Commander in Chief of the US military forced the graduating Cadets of West Point Military Academy back to their institution solely to hear him speak at their graduation ceremony. At least 16 cadets tested positive for coronavirus when they arrived.

At least 16 graduating cadets from West Point Military Academy have tested positive for the new coronavirus, COVID-19, after returning to campus for graduation ceremonies, USA Today reported.

The infected cadets are not showing symptoms and are receiving treatment, West Point superintendent Army Lt. Gen. Darryl Williams told the outlet.

West Point had originally closed the campus and postponed its graduation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but President Donald Trump took the school by surprise at the end of April when he announced that he would be speaking at the mid-June graduation ceremony.

West Point then scrambled to make plans to safely bring back the 1,106 graduating cadets to campus — located just north of New York City — while avoiding a COVID-19 outbreak. The school opted to allow the cadets to return in waves, and has been immediately testing them for COVID-19 upon arrival. While living on campus, the must wear masks, socially distance and undergo temperature checks each day.

At the June 13 ceremony, only cadets will be allowed to attend — no family or friends.

Trump’s announcement that the cadets had to return for graduation drew criticism, and Senator Tammy Duckworth, a former Army lieutenant colonel, called it a publicity stunt.

“Trump’s reckless decision to gather 1,000 Cadets at West Point for a speech puts our future military leaders at increased risk — all to stroke his own ego,” she said in April. “Our troops need stable, consistent leadership during volatile times like these, not a commander-in-chief who values his own photo ops and TV ratings over their health and safety.”

[From People]

I do not say this enough, but God bless Senator Duckworth. I am so grateful she remains a constant thorn in #45’s side. And yes! How dare this man take advantage of his position to endanger all those young lives needlessly. West Point is trying to cover for the Orange Dictator by stating they’d anticipated the small percentage (1.5%) of positive cases and that they’re taking measures to ensure cadets’ safety. Of course, there would have been no risk if #45 just delivered his stupid speech virtually. (And I can assure you, it will be a stupid speech.) Plus, the ceremony won’t take place for another week and a half, those numbers could climb in that time. And on top of all of this, their families won’t even be there. So they have to suit up, bake in the sun as #45 throws words together about being the “most militaristic person” ever and their parents don’t even get to snap a pic. Honestly, there isn’t a land mass large enough to fit this jerk’s ego, except maybe the moon, let’s send him there.

The part that enrages me the most is who suffers for him. Regardless of what he says, he does have well-trained and highly educated scientists and doctors providing him and his team with all of the information on COVID. He knows the dangers as well as the probabilities, he simply doesn’t care. And now he’s recklessly risking the lives of young men and women who are constitutionally obligated to take a bullet for him, all so he can have a moment. I’m reminded of that line from Top Gun, “your ego’s writing checks your body can’t cash.” Only, in #45’s case, just like all his endeavors, he expects someone else’s body to cash the check for him.




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  1. It’sjustblanche says:

    I feel obligated to point out that while I came here for the trump hate (it’s never to early for that) the cheekbones on that ginger cadet are pretty dreamy.

    • manda says:

      omg thank you! we need such levity now and then. and yes, he is CUTE

    • Sass says:

      Lol! I was thinking it too! Good to know I’m not completely dead inside.

    • Julia says:

      Bless you- I thought I was the only one who noticed.

    • Trashaddict says:

      I got much more of an emotional impact and a kick out of seeing the joy and pride on the woman cadet’s face. There are things that almost bring me to tears lately and that is one of them.

  2. Jo73c says:

    He’s a narcissistic sociopath. No one else in the world means anything to him beyond them doing what he wants.

    • whatWHAT? says:

      and you know his speech will be a bunch of bragging and listing of grievances against the media, dems, etc.

      there won’t be any words of encouragement or congratulations.

      remember his speech to the boy scouts? oy…

  3. Lightpurple says:

    And how much is this potentially deadly farce costing taxpayers?

    I know that the cadets are in the age group considering the least likely to suffer serious consequences from the virus but a friend’s 27 year old son died from it on a military base in Kentucky earlier this year.

    • Snappyfish says:

      This truly shows his complete disregard & disrespect for the military. This is an unnecessary & unwanted speech & these young men & women all have to report to their new bases & possibly infect other servicemen & women. We all saw how concerned Trump was with the crew of the USS Theodore Roosevelt. IMPOTUS is simply beneath contempt & I truly believe there are 3 categories for those who still support him. 1. Ignorant 2. Racist or 3. Evil….I’m guessing all of the above works too

      • Jay says:

        AND forcing these cadets to be away from their families before being deployed, just so he can get the benefit of appearing next to uniforms with shiny medals and ribbons that he could never earn himself. Cuz you know he sees them as props, not people.

        I know they’ll salute him because they have to, but I hope he gets a stony response when he tries some of his rally shit. You know it’s been awhile since he’s been in front of a crowd, maybe he’ll debut a new nickname for General Mattis or something equally self-involved.

        If he follows the dictator handbook, he’ll start giving out his own special medals/honours for displays of loyalty.

    • Trashaddict says:

      Whatsa matter, Donnie? Covid death toll not high enough for you yet? How much more blood on his hands is it going to take for people to vote him out of office?
      Is West Point constitutionally required to let him speak? Because if not, someone needs to grow a pair and tell him to bug off back to his bunker.

  4. Jaxonmeh says:

    I don’t think Trump realizes how he is definitely influencing the next generation of Military officers. I’m hoping enough of them have enough common sense to realize this is not normal and this is not how you treat your subordinates.

    In the military, you generally learn the best lessons on how to lead from your worst leaders. They show you exactly what NOT to do. These poor baby LTs.

  5. Mia4s says:

    Come on personal injury lawyers! Do your thing!

    Covid there’s an Orange Sack of Garbage just waiting for your attention. Get on it.

  6. Ohpioneer says:

    I have very personal feelings about this. I have family ( including a 5 year old special needs granddaughter with other health needs that put her in a high risk category) currently stationed at West Point. To risk not only the cadets but every single person living on The Academy base is criminally reckless to say the very least. Fortunately for my family they have new orders and will be leaving there the very next day after graduation.
    This is the kind of thing that happens when a raging narcissist with dementia ( I’m convinced he is in the early stages) is able to run about unchecked. November cannot come too soon.

  7. Frida_K says:

    Here’s to hoping that none of the graduates end up hospitalized from a severe bout of COVID. The military bars people who have been hospitalized due to COVID from entering the service.

    At first, when they announced this, the news made the rounds as “everyone who tests positive” but the message was later clarified to only those hospitalized.

    Can you imagine making it all the way through West Point, only to get infected traveling to or from or while at your forced performance for that creature? And if you are so unfortunate as to be hospitalized? No more military career for you!

    It really is a pity that those in charge at West Point don’t have the courage, moral or otherwise, to refuse to go along with this.

  8. Scal says:

    No but you guys, I’ve been told that coronavirus was a liberal media hoax! And since it’s no longer on the news 24/7 that just proves it was all hype. Ugh.

    I wish I was making that up, but that is literally what I’m hearing now as reasons for no longer social distancing or wearing a mask.

  9. Steph says:

    I had forgotten about this a didn’t realize it hadn’t happened yet. The worst part is this seems like one of his smaller stunts compared to the church thing. It’s sickening.