I can't believe, in the tenth month of 2020, I'm still seeing takes about "Who cares if the virus spreads [among specific population]?" Hot spots spread. The hotter the spot, the more chances for it to spread.
Even if we could magically guarantee that no one taking due precautions will ever catch the virus (and we can't), the virus is not going to go away so we can relax and get back to something normal as long as people aren't taking due precautions.
Even if masks and 6 feet *were* magic fixes... everybody makes mistakes. The better we handle this as a society/as communities, the safer we all are.
"But only Trumpers will listen to this and I don't care what happens to them." = "Who cares if they drill holes in their section of the lifeboat? I'm up here in the part where nobody's drilling holes."
It's basically the Trumpers' own "What happened to 'my body, my choice'?" logic, presenting mask-wearing as a question of individual liberty rather than public good.

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The guy who not so secretly wants police to just straight up shoot (even more) people in the streets without a trial is really, really, really hoping we'll think that Joe Biden said something about "superpredators" because that worked super well for him against Hillary Clinton.
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