Amanda Kloots, widow of Broadway actor Nick Cordero – who died of serious complications from Covid-19 – called President Donald Trump’s recent comments regarding the coronavirus “more than hurtful” to families who have lost loved ones dear because of the pandemic.
Kloots made headlines earlier this year while sharing her husband’s battle with Covid-19, from his first visit to the emergency room in late March until his death in July. The widow and mother used her Instagram platform to slam Trump for his Monday tweet telling people not to let the deadly virus “rule” their lives.
“Act like this disease was nothing and you just got over it,” Kloots said in an Instagram story. “I’m so glad you did, thank God, but guess what?” There are a lot of people who haven’t.
Trump, 74, announced early Friday that he had tested positive for the virus and was sent to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center later that day as a “precautionary measure” and to receive treatment. The president announced Monday he was leaving the hospital and returning to the White House after a series of treatments, including receiving supplemental oxygen and steroids.
“Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let him rule your life, ”Trump tweeted Monday. “We have developed very good medicine and knowledge under the Trump administration. I feel better than 20 years ago! “
Kloots posted a screenshot of the tweet on his Instagram page, calling the statement “shameful” in the caption. She noted that her late husband had spent 95 days in the hospital battling the disease. “After watching the person you love most die from this disease, you would never say what this tweet says,” Kloots wrote. “There is no empathy for all the lives lost. He brags instead.
The widow also spoke in a series of Instagram videos, where she called the tweet “more than hurtful.” Kloots asked why the president chose to brag about himself rather than express empathy for the friends and family of the more than 209,000 Americans who have died in the pandemic.
Kloots also said she understands the danger of the disease and still lives in fear of being infected. She said she feared falling as ill as her late husband and leaving Elvis, the couple’s one-year-old son, motherless.
In one of his Instagram stories, Kloots reposted a photo of his son Elvis of his sister with the words “Life Was Dominated” in the photo. Kloots also posted another photo in her story which appeared to be of her holding her late husband’s hand while he was hospitalized.
“Life was dominated,” Kloots wrote in the photo. “It wasn’t something we just ‘let’ happen. We were all scared. How dare you @realdonaldtrump. ”
Kloots also taped an ad for Trump’s presidential opponent, former President Joe Biden, and tagged the Democratic presidential candidate. She said Biden has his vote and she’s begging Biden to win the election.