FARGO — Should we take it seriously now?

Asking for a nation of confused people.

Because, gotta be honest here, prior to President Donald Trump tweeting that he and his wife Melania Trump tested positive for the coronavirus, Republicans were all "meh" about a global pandemic.

It was a hoax.

It was just like the flu.

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It was a political maneuver by the libtards.

Given the way GOP boot-lickers are tweeting "thoughts and prayers" for the president and first lady, it must be real and it must be serious.

Funny, I don't remember these same slithering enablers wishing Hillary Clinton well when she collapsed from pneumonia during the 2016 campaign. They mocked her. And that includes the president.

We were told there was nothing about which to worry with this virus. It was going to disappear like magic. It was going to be gone in 15 days. Then by Easter. Then by July 4. Then the start of school. Then Election Day.

Hell, Trump knew all about it in January but suppressed the information and downplayed it. Didn't want to hurt that stock market, you know.

The virus must still be with us, huh?

Meantime, we were told masks were for pansies. Our big he-man president didn't wear one — he mocked his Democratic opponent Joe Biden for doing so just this week — and so anybody who wore one was clearly short in the manhood department.

Some would say this is the danger in minimizing a public-health crisis for political gain. Trump and Republicans made a gamble that the coronavirus would go away and they'd dominate the balloting in November.

Others, present company included, would call this karma. It never made sense to diminish the seriousness of a pandemic in the first place. That Trump and his minions got bit is a healthy dose of kismet.

Of course, all reasonable people hope for a quick and full recovery for the president. But is this where we say, "I told you so?"

Trumpers don't like being told they were wrong. If we've learned anything over the last four years, it is that. Their excuses for the president's horrific shortcomings are that he's playing on a different level than the rest of us, that he's six steps ahead of the mortal mind.

That's one good thing from this news: We've learned that playing fifth-dimensional chess doesn't provide protection against the coronavirus. Good to know.

The smart thing for the president to do, of course, would be a mea culpa. Admit he was wrong and urge Americans to mask up, social distance and beat this thing once and for all. That would be the patriotic thing to do. Help others.

Trump won't, of course. Doesn't have it in him. He views grace and humility as weaknesses, and that is a bridge too far.

Science. It's quite a thing, huh?

Maybe we should have respected it and taken the virus seriously from the beginning. Still can, you know.

Trump having the coronavirus proves it isn't a hoax.

Readers can reach columnist Mike McFeely at mmcfeely@forumcomm.com or (701) 451-5655