‘President’ Trump: Super-Spreader-in-Chief

Carolyn Ziel
4 min readOct 13, 2020
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This article was updated on January 7, 2021.

According to the MIT Technology Review, the definition of Super Spreader is: “a generic term for an unusually contagious individual who’s been infected with disease.” Since the ‘President’s’ Covid-19 diagnosis, I’ve been applying this definition to other things the ‘President’ might be spreading.

Thinking about the words Trump has said over the years, words I have heard with my ears, that he’s said on TV, have influenced the words we say and how we interact with each other.

I’ve become aware of a new level of biased-based offensives, hateful slurs, and anti-semetic remarks that correspond with the increasing rise in hate crimes. I’m not the only one wondering how the ‘President’ might have affected the this change in America. After doing a little research, I found something called The Trump Effect. In their Essay entitled “The Effect of President Trump’s Election on Hate Crimes,” Griffin Edwards and Stephen Rushin uncover “compelling empirical support” for this effect.

“Our analysis finds that President Trump’s election coincided with a statistically significant surge in hate crimes, even when controlling for alternative explanations. And counties that voted for President Trump by the widest margins experienced the largest increases in reported hate crimes.”

Even so, I don’t need an essay to show me what I see with my own eyes. I see the growing anger, rage, and hatred. In June, I posted an article on Facebook about the Reverend who was one of the people tear-gassed in Washington during a peaceful protest. In the comment section, one of my friends wrote: “She probably deserved it!”

That comment was posted by someone my husband and I have known for years. We’ve never known him to be angry or mean. Most people would describe him as jolly. I don’t believe he would have written that comment four years ago.

Wednesday, January 6th, 2021, was the day dedicated for Congress to formally certify President-Elect Joe Biden’s presidency. Instead, we saw nothing less than a call to insurrection by the sitting ‘President’ intent on overturning a legitimate election he had clearly lost. We heard our ‘President’ at his “Save America Rally” call his followers to action with…

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