To the Editor:
Recently, my husband received a letter from President Trump requesting donations to beat the evil left. Since he is unable to respond himself, this is my response for him:
“Dear Mr. President:
I received your letter requesting donations. Unfortunately I cannot honor your request since your message to "not be afraid of Covid-19, to not let it dominate my life and to beat it" came way too late.
I am one of the 210,000 who have lost their lives to the disease that's "no worse than the flu."
I was an immigrant (legal, I might add) who learned a new language, excelled in my profession, was a small business owner, and was grateful for the opportunities this country afforded me.
Perhaps if you had truly led by example and proudly worn a mask, I might still be here. Perhaps if you had listened to the scientists who have far more expertise in the medical field than you, I might still be here.
You have disrespected me by your dismissive and reckless handling of Covid. I will not allow your casual and cavalier attitude demean my contributions to this country. “
Yes, this is what I believe my husband would say. And I will stand at his grave and apologize to him for the mishandling of this pandemic that cost him his life.