Amanda Kloots, the former actress who chronicled her late husband Nick Cordero’s painful decline from COVID-19, has responded to Donald Trump’s Don’t let COVID dominate your life advice, calling the president’s words sad, hurtful and disgraceful.
Yesterday Trump, hospitalized over the weekend for COVID treatment, announced his departure from Walter Reed Medical Center with instantly divisive tweet, “Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life. We have developed, under the Trump Administration, some really great drugs & knowledge. I feel better than I did 20 years ago!”
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Kloots weighed in overnight, posting an Instagram message that reads:
To all the over 208,000 Americans who lost loved ones to this virus – I stand by you, with you, holding your hand. Unfortunately it did dominate our lives didn’t it? It dominated Nick’s family’s lives and my family’s lives. I guess we “let it” – like it was our choice?? Unfortunately not everyone is lucky enough to spend two days in the hospital. 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.
Cordero, who costarred on Broadway with Braff in 2014’s Bullets Over Broadway, died July 5 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after a 95-day battle with COVID-19. The actor’s battle with numerous setbacks and health crisis were chronicled by his wife, fitness trainer Kloots, in frequent Instagram updates followed by a global base of fans.
Earlier yesterday, Kloots posted a message describing COVID’s toll on survivors such as herself and her young son Elvis:
Nick passed away three months ago, but COVID took my husband April 1, which is seven months ago. I realized that the other day, Elvis and I lost him seven months ago. Once he went on the ventilator he never came back. It weird to think we’ve been on our own for that long already. Please wear a mask. Please continue to take this seriously.