As cases of COVID-19 rise all over the U.S. and the world, citizens are wondering what the hell is going on and what they should be doing to protect themselves and each other. Reports from overseas are grim. Italy is on lockdown and people are dying in hospitals whose resources have been stretched to the max. People here are being advised to stay home as much as possible to slow contagion, but the government response is lagging to an extremely dangerous degree.

Trump’s supporters are die-hard, but now that it seems like they might actually die…hard, their faith in their leader is being shaken. Well, a few of them with the sense to know how badly he is messing up.

A writer named Stephanie Wittels Wachs shared her story about her dad, a retired doctor, who’s changed his tune since the pandemic hit.

She wrote on Twitter, “My dad is a 77 yr old lifelong Republican. He loves Trump. He watches Fox News religiously. He’s also a retired physician. After witnessing Trump’s handling of Coronavirus, he no longer supports him and says he’s lost his vote. He’s also done with Fox News. This is huge.”

A few people have responded that they’ve experienced something similar with their own parents:

But most people seem pretty disgusted with the whole situation and think that there were plenty of other reasons for her dad to have written off Trump and his cronies before:

Wittels agreed in a series of tweets, saying she hates that her dad supported Trump, but that Fox News is toxic sludge in his brain:

A lot of liberal people have parents who are not. Many have been sucked into the Trump cult. I’d celebrate anyone who escapes—but I probably wouldn’t want to hang out with this guy once the quarantines are over.

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*First Published: March 15, 2020, 7:19 am