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Amanda Kloots often tries to stay out of politics, but on the three-month anniversary of the death of her husband, Broadway star Nick Cordero, she was moved to post an emotional, angry response to President Trump’s “don’t be afraid of COVID” tweet.
Kloots took issue with Trump saying people shouldn’t “let [COVID] dominate” their lives. “Unfortunately it did dominate our lives didn’t it? It dominated Nick’s family’s lives and my family’s lives,” Kloots wrote in an Instagram post, accompanying a photo of Trump’s tweet. “I guess we ‘let it’ – like it was our choice??”
“Unfortunately not everyone is lucky enough to spend two days in the hospital,” Kloots added of Trump’s short stay at Walter Reed, from which he was discharged on Monday night. “I cried next to my husband for 95 days watching what COVID did to the person I love. It IS something to be afraid of. After you see the person you love the most die from this disease you would never say what this tweet says. There is no empathy to all the lives lost. He is bragging instead. It is sad. It is hurtful. It is disgraceful.”
“To all the over 208,000 Americans who lost loved ones to this virus – I stand by you, with you, holding your hand,” she said.
Cordero died in July after a brutal battle with the novel coronavirus that included an extended hospital stay and assorted medical problems, even needing to have his leg amputated, an experience that Kloots chronicled in great detail on social media.
Kloots got even more emotional in a video posted to her Instagram story, in which she seemed to be crying and a little flustered, even admitting at one point that she was finding it hard to speak. And she indicated she was particularly affected as she thought about her and Cordero’s one-year-old son, Elvis.
“We saw what this disease can do so, guess what, we are afraid. We are. I still am. If I got it, if I got as sick as Nick, little Elvis, he doesn’t have his mom anymore, so I’m afraid,” Kloots said in the video. “No one’s letting it. Nick didn’t let it. It wasn’t a choice. It dominated his life. It dominated my life. It dominated our family’s lives for 95 days and because he didn’t make it, it will forever affect my life. Even if he would have survived, it would have forever affected and changed our lives.”
She also took issue with Trump “bragging” after his brief hospital stay and urged him to support those Americans who have been severely affected by COVID-19.
“It’s beyond hurtful and have some empathy! Why are you bragging?! Have empathy to the Americans — you are our leader — have some empathy to the people who are suffering and grieving,” Kloots said. “It’s just not fair and to act like this disease is nothing,and you got right over it. I am so happy that you did — thank God you did — but guess what? There are a lot of people that didn’t. And now instead of bragging about how wonderful you did, why don’t you say, ‘Well now that I’ve had this disease, I can understand a little bit better about how it could have affected our country and these people and what can we do now. What can I do now that I have that knowledge? Even though I only suffered this disease for two days in the hospital, I kind of had a brief panic’ … go there instead of bragging. Go there, side with your people. That’s the tweet you send. You send a tweet saying, ‘I got out of the hospital today at 630 p.m., I now have a small idea, a small idea, because I got out after two days, I have a small idea about what this disease is like, and I am so sorry to the people that lost their lives to it. I will now do everything I possibly can to help them and to help their families and I stand with those grieving families because this disease is terrible. And we should all continue to wear our masks and social distance until this thing is done, until we have fought it as a country, as a people as a world.’ That’s the tweet you send.”
She also refused to apologize for her response, pointing out that she had been told that people who are grieving should not say they’re “sorry.”
“I’m not sorry because it’s too sad and it’s too real, and it’s real for the people who went through it. It’s real for the families; it’s real for the wives. It will be real for Elvis one day when he actually understands what happened to his dad. … It’s very very sad and it is something to be afraid about and no one’s letting it dominate our lives, so please just say something kind, say something that might make the people that you lead feel like you got us, that you’re wrapping your arms around us, that you maybe understand a little bit, you kind of understand what we went through and what we’re going through.”
Kloots’ final Instagram stories post for the night was a video of one of Joe Biden’s campaign ads airing on her TV, which she captioned by saying that she will vote for him and will “hope and pray” that he wins the election.
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