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Even some supporters are disappointed that COVID-19 bout didn't humble Trump

By Jaweed Kaleem, Los Angeles Times on

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When Jose Antonio Reyes Dupont died in early September after a three-week battle with COVID-19, his son wanted to send the $10,000 funeral bill to President Donald Trump.

Reyes, 84, was a lifelong Republican and die-hard Trump supporter who believed the president when he said early in the pandemic that the nation had the virus "totally under control" and that it was no worse than the flu.

His son, Marco Reyes, a 38-year-old Democrat, was still deep in mourning when he turned on the television this week to see Trump boasting to supporters at a Pennsylvania campaign rally about his recent recovery from the virus.

"One great thing about being president, if you're not feeling 100%, you have got more doctors than you thought existed in the world," Trump said to cheers.

He went on to say that he "felt like Superman" after receiving a "miracle" experimental antibody treatment.

Alone in his living room outside Miami, Reyes could barely contain himself.


"I literally wanted to jump into the TV and tell him off," he said.

Trump "says he got a 'miracle' cure," Reyes said. "My dad didn't."

Reyes had hoped that Trump's bout with the coronavirus would be a humbling experience. Instead, the president remains as cavalier as ever about the disease.

His access to state-of-the-art treatment and his nonchalance - encapsulated in a tweet advising "don't be afraid of the virus" - have been particular sources of resentment for some of the families of the 217,000 people who have died.


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