Amanda Kloots has hit out at Donald Trump’s “don’t be afraid of COVID” tweet, just weeks after her husband, Nick Cordero died from the coronavirus.
The Broadway star, who was just 41, was placed in a medically-induced coma in April and later had his right leg amputated, had a temporary pacemaker due to irregular heartbeats, suffered two lung infections and more. He died in July after weeks of complications.
His wife Amanda, a professional dancer and fitness pro, was left a single mother after the Nick’s death.
She couldn’t stay silent after seeing Trump tell Americans not to be afraid of COVID or “let it dominate your life.”
The 74-year-old politician also claimed he miraculously feels “better than I did 20 years ago” after receiving an experimental coronavirus treatment.
Addressing the families of the now more than than 210,000 Americans who have died from COVID-19, Amanda wrote on Instagram: “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??”
She went on to write: “Unfortunately not everyone is lucky enough to spend two days in the hospital,” referring to the president, who was admitted Friday, went out for a car ride to wave to his supporters, and was discharged Monday.
“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.”
She ended by calling the president’s message “disgraceful.”
“After you see the person you love the most die from this disease you would never say what this tweet says,” she wrote.
“There is no empathy to all the lives lost. He is bragging instead. It is sad. It is hurtful. It is disgraceful.”
NIck Cordero died on July 5 at the age of 41. The super-fit Broadway singer and dancer was hospitalized with COVID-19 on March 30 — and was never released.
Amanda shared updates throughout, as he was put on a ventilator, endured many surgeries, including having a leg amputated.
She was told several times during the ordeal to say her final goodbyes, but he fought in the hospital for 95 days.
Amanda visited him in hospital every day, describing it as a "vicious circle or the ICU dance because you just feel like you're in this momentum of going around, around, around like a hamster wheel".
She revealed that she had been "told to say goodbye", but she never gave up hope that he would recover. Amanda is now the sole parent of their baby boy, Elvis, who turned 1 in June.
With extra reporting by Suzy Byrne