Donald Trump was in full throttle alpha male mode casting Joe Biden as a lily-livered wimp during the first presidential debate.
He openly mocked the Democratic nominee: "I don't wear masks like him. Every time you see him he's got a mask. He could be speaking 200 feet away and he shows up with the biggest mask I've ever seen."
Two days later, Trump tested positive for Covid-19. Seldom has justice been more poetic.
This is a president who told us that coronavirus would be gone by Easter. That it would vanish like the morning mist once the sun shone on it.
This is a president who has shown scant sympathy for almost a quarter of a million Americans who have died from the disease.
This is a president who put many states under enormous pressure to reopen before the virus was under control, and who was indifferent when they suffered the consequences.
This is a president who - treating public health safety measures with disdain - insisted on holding potentially superspreader crowded indoor rallies.
He denied doing so was dangerous "because you know why, I'm on a stage, it's very far away, so I'm not at all concerned."
The risk to the thousands who gathered at these events to see him clearly failed to even register with a man who cares only about feeding his own ego and looking good.
Quizzed in an August interview about the US's poor response to Covid-19, he described the pandemic as "under control". "How?" asked the journalist. "A thousand Americans are dying a day".
"They are dying. That's true . . it is what it is," Trump replied. That's hard to surpass for heartlessness.
Addressing a packed crowd of mostly maskless supporters in Ohio two weeks ago, Trump declared that coronavirus "affects virtually nobody" except "elderly people with heart problems and other problems".
He is, of course, a 74-year-old who takes a statin for high cholesterol and whose blood pressure is somewhat elevated. If Trump believed his own quackery, he'd currently be at home injecting bleach.
But unlike the tens of thousands of poor infected souls who had no healthcare and died without assistance, his treatment has been first-class.
His personal physician revealed that he had received an antibody cocktail - an experimental drug developed by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals which has shown promise in early trials.
So despite the fake news Trump proffered about bleach, when it came to his own health he opted for an evidence-based scientific approach.
Boris Johnson is regularly criticised as being part of a privileged Tory elite. Being fair to the British Prime Minister, he battled Covid-19 for a week on his own in Downing Street with staff leaving trays of food outside his door. It took heavy persuasion for him to go to hospital - and it was an NHS, not private, one.
Trump, by comparison, was able to avail of the services of the White House medical unit and its 25 strong staff of doctors, nurses, and clinical care specialists.
Yet just hours after his diagnosis, the presidential helicopter landed on the White House's south lawn and he was flown to the flagship Walter Reed Medical Centre.
It was not the erratic, incompetent and chaotic response that has characterised his administration's response to Covid-19. With 5% of the world's population, the US has suffered 20% of its coronavirus deaths.
Trump's son Eric says his father is a warrior who will fight the disease "with the same strength and conviction that he uses to fight for America each and every day". Except the president had little interest in fighting Covid-19 when other people's lives were at stake. He consistently undermined public health messaging. He never had America's back.
Eric wants us to pray for his father's recovery. It's crass to take pleasure in another human being's ill health. Don't be like Donald Trump when he mocked a pneumonia-stricken Hillary Clinton and imitated her symptoms on stage. But save your prayers for the ordinary Americans who needlessly lost their lives to this horrible virus.