We know Donald Trump dislikes journalists, immigrants, Jews, Christians, and veterans. Lots of the latter two are Trump supporters. However, it was edifying to learn that Trump dislikes his supporters as his supporters and that they, too, lack self-respect.
Nonetheless, those who see Trump's strategy as one of avoidance should take note that this may be one of those instances. The President truly does see this novel coronavirus as a positive. However, there are two reasons more significant than an excuse not to shake hands.
Though the President's handling of SARS-CoV-2 has been jarring to anyone concerned about human life, it has not been entirely a bad thing for him politically. Not only has it taken attention from a presidency which even otherwise had been a failure, it may be a boon to the Trump re-election effort in depressing the vote.
Donald Trump and his supporters successfully depressed the vote in 2016 by throwing at Hillary Clinton accusations (most of them ludicrous), which the media dutifully reported. By the time the campaign was over, both candidates were stained and tarnished, an impact which significantly boosted Trump.
Now the fear of being infected has propelled fear of voting in person, which improves the re-election prospect of the most evil man in America. Polls indicate that Democrats are far more worried about voting in person than are Republicans, while Trump is aggressively characterizing mail-in voting as fraudulent.
Also: people are dying, which has enervated the Eugenicist-in-Chief. That is particularly useful for him because Walter Shaub is not only right but particularly insightful as to his first point:
I don't think people voted for Trump hoping he'd make their lives better. I think they hoped he'd make other folks' lives worse. His failures don't matter to them. The question isn't are you better off than you were 4 years ago? It's are THEY worse off than they were 4 years ago?— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) September 16, 2020