Last week I wrote about Trump’s shameful decision to skip an event honoring American soldiers who died in the First World War.
His excuse was that a trip by helicopter was inadvisable due to rain in the forecast. In truth, he could have easily made the trip by car. Other leaders who were in France for the occasion did just that. But Trump couldn’t be bothered. In and of itself, his conduct was despicable. But when put alongside Abraham Lincoln’s delivery of the Gettysburg Address on November 19, 1863, Trump’s behavior becomes even more horrifying.
It is not widely known, but when Lincoln spoke at the dedication ceremony for the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg, he was suffering from the early symptoms of what was later determined to be smallpox.
In other words, our 16th president was able to endure one of history’s deadliest diseases in order to honor America’s fallen.
Our 45th president was unwilling to endure a car ride in the rain.