Social studies teachers react to President’s diagnosis

Noe, Twilleager share their historical perspectives


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In her classroom on the second floor of Kelly Hall, social studies teacher Mrs. Jill Twilleager visits with former student Stephen Vukovits ’17.

Megaphone Staff

Two social studies teachers shared their perspectives on the news that broke early on the morning Oct. 2 that President Donald Trump has been diagnosed with Covid-19.

From Mrs. Jill Twilleager, social studies teacher and We the People coach:

“I think it is too soon to make a lot of predictions. As of right now he is asymptomatic, which should not affect his ability to run the government from the White House. I think you will see him staying at the White House for a period of time, which will limit his ability to campaign in person. I still think it is too soon to make predictions if it will affect the election.

“If the President becomes too sick to actively run the government, the 25th Amendment allows him to hand power temporarily to Vice President Pence as he recovers.

“We will discuss (on Oct. 2) in my classes to watch the effect it has on the markets as well as talk about presidential succession.”

From Mr. Mark Noe, social studies teacher and faculty moderator of the Young Republicans:

“It’s impossible to know at this point the effects of President Trump testing positive for Covid-19. For sure he won’t be able to campaign in person while he is quarantined, but that may open up another new opportunity for ways for a candidate to campaign. I suspect he will appear via Zoom at his rallies as long as he is asymptomatic.

“Anyone in the United States who has believed that this virus can’t affect them will now need to realize that Covid-19 is completely indiscriminate. If it can infect the President of our country with all of the precautions that his doctors and other scientists have put in place, then it can infect any of us. I do think, however, we have learned a lot in the last six months, and treatments seem to be very effective for most people, even those who like the President are older than 70.

“There have been a number of presidents who suffered health problems, but Americans didn’t know much or anything about it at the time.

“President Franklin Roosevelt was mostly paralyzed by polio, and few outside his inner circle knew. Grover Cleveland had a mouth tumor removed, and the public had no idea. Woodrow Wilson suffered some very debilitating strokes that, once discovered, led to the passage of the 25th Amendment which says, in part, how the vice president can take over if the current president is incapable of continuing due to health reasons.”