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USA Today columnist: 'Bury the 500,000 COVID dead at Mar-a-Lago'

A columnist for USA Today says the 500,000 Americans who have died of the coronavirus should be buried at Mar-a-Lago, former President TrumpDonald TrumpUS gives examples of possible sanctions relief to Iran GOP lawmaker demands review over FBI saying baseball shooting was 'suicide by cop' House passes bill aimed at stopping future Trump travel ban MORE's resort and golf club, as payback for his response to the coronavirus pandemic. 

"This small measure of justice would have an obvious historical precedent," columnist Jason Sattler wrote Monday in the newspaper. "Arlington, the former home of Robert E. Lee that is now Arlington National Cemetery, became a final resting place for Union soldiers in the spring 1864 — after 82,000 soldiers died in one month of fighting. Who could argue this wasn’t a just punishment?" 

Sattler called Trump's response to the pandemic a "shameless failure" and mentioned other transgressions on the part of the former president, separate from the pandemic, as a reason to have his new residence serve as a mass burial ground. 

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"Lee’s treachery was obvious. Trump’s crimes against his country, however, are far more devious, and continue as he remains dedicated to undermining our democracy," he wrote. "The ex-president tried to refuse to give up his power, even after he was defeated in a fair election. And you cannot dissect the ex-president’s incitement against Congress, his vice president and our constitutional order from his monstrous approach to the pandemic."

Trump has been widely criticized by Democrats and some media pundits for his hesitation to preach public health measures, his floating of unproven drugs as potential cures for the disease and his overall handling of the crisis. 

On Wednesday, some journalists and pundits re-shared a tweet from the former president, who has since been banned from Twitter, one year ago to the day celebrating the fact the virus was "under control" in the United States. 

The U.S. passed the grim milestone of 500,000 from the coronavirus on Monday. 

"Instead of embracing a unifying, comprehensive assault against COVID-19, he did all he could to turn his followers against science, their fellow Americans and their own health," Sattler wrote. "It’s hard to call Trump’s failures when it came to addressing the pandemic 'failures,' since most were intentional. And they began long before the novel coronavirus ever appeared."

The columnist explained that families of coronavirus victims, some of whom cannot afford burial arraignments, should be afforded the opportunity to lay their loved ones to rest at Trump's sprawling Florida complex. 

"In a just nation, there would be only one monument to Robert E. Lee — Arlington National Cemetery," Sattler said. "Likewise, a revamped Mar-a-Lago filled with the literal reminders of the death Trump enabled and mocked would be a just monument to a monumental disaster of a presidency."