One event I missed when I was working on my book occurred when Donald Trump mocked Serge F. Kovaleski, who has a congenital joint condition called arthrogryposis, that limits flexibility in his arms, for his disability. Kovaleski is a reporter for the New York Times and had criticized candidate Trump for fabricating the story that thousands of Arab Americans had stood outdoors in New Jersey, cheering as the World Trade towers fell to earth.
Any individual with a disabling disease, and we are many, should have seen the handwriting on the wall as we contemplated our futures. Able- bodied Americans should have joined our ranks but did not. The chronically healthy apparently had bigger fish to fry. That long moment of ridicule was revealing.
For those of us who wish to see the NIH budget, frozen since the Bush war in Iraq, dramatically increased to battle the terrorist assaults on our bodies by disease, we better face the fact that we have no friend in the White House.
In my hundreds of blog posts, I have stayed far from politics. All of us have other battles to fight. But for me, it is increasingly disappointing that our commander-in-chief would rather build a wall to keep out undocumented immigrants, who are dwindling in numbers, than help the hundreds of millions who live with chronic illnesses and disabilities.
I do not intend to write about politics again. I will point out the sick exist in sufficient numbers to be heard. We will not agree on everything in this space, but I believe basic decency is imperiled. It is clear how little of us Trump believes. How we regard ourselves is being tested.