Nick Cordero’s widow Amanda Kloots slams Donald Trump’s ‘disgraceful’ COVID-19 tweet

Marissa DeSantis
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Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

Amanda Kloots - among the hundreds of thousands of Americans whose lives were upended because of the coronavirus - has called out President Donald Trump for his ‘disgraceful’ COVID-19 tweet.

The celebrity trainer and former Radio City Rockette lost her husband, Nick Cordero, to complications from COVID-19 earlier this year after a 95-day battle with the virus.

Still mourning Cordero’s loss along with the couple’s one-year-old son, Kloots took to Instagram on October 5 to respond to Trump’s tweet from earlier that day.

Amanda Kloots with late husband Nick Cordero and their son in 2019 (Getty Images)
Amanda Kloots with late husband Nick Cordero and their son in 2019 (Getty Images)

Trump, who has downplayed the severity of coronavirus from the start and has repeatedly ignored CDC guidelines, revealed his diagnosis on Twitter on October 2. After being admitted to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Friday for treatment, he was discharged on Monday evening.

“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,” wrote Trump, who received several experimental drugs that have not yet been approved by the FDA for treatment of COVID-19 and are not available to the general public. “I feel better than I did 20 years ago,” he added.

Visibly upset, Kloots took to her Instagram Stories, sharing that “I couldn’t believe what I read,” in regard to Trump’s tweet. “Not everyone’s lucky enough to walk out of the hospital after two days,” Kloots said through tears. “We saw what this disease can do, so guess what, we are afraid, we are. I still am.”

Kloots also posted a screenshot of Trump’s tweet along with a detailed caption. “To all the over 208,000 Americans who lost loved ones to this virus - I stand by you, with you, holding your hand,” she wrote. Since Kloots’ post, the New York Times has reported that at least 210,000 Americans have died from COVID-19, and there have been more than 7.4 million cases - even as the pandemic persists.

“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,” Kloots continued.

“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,” she wrote of Trump, adding, “There is no empathy to all the lives lost. He is bragging instead. It is sad. It is hurtful. It is disgraceful.”