Earlier this month the grandmother of Donald Trump advisor Stephen Miller died from COVID-19. Miller’s uncle recently spoke to “Mother Jones” and stated that the Trump administration was responsible for his mother’s death.
Back on July 4, David Glosser, the brother of Miller’s mother, wrote a note on his Facebook page announcing the death of his mother, Ruth Glosser.
“This morning my mother, Ruth Glosser, died of the late effects of COVID-19 like so many thousands of other people; both young and old. She survived the acute infection but was left with lung and neurological damage that destroyed her will to eat and her ability to breathe well enough to sustain arousal and consciousness. Over an 8-week period, she gradually slipped away and died peacefully this morning.”
Glosser, who is a retired neuropsychologist and verbal Trump critic has publicly bashed Miller for his anti-immigrant policies in the past. He contends that it was Donald Trump’s initial “lack of a response” to the coronavirus pandemic that has led to the deaths of tens of thousands of Americans who he believes might have otherwise survived.
“With the death of my mother, I’m angry and outraged at [Miller] directly and the administration he has devoted his energy to supporting.”
A spokesperson for Miller responded to Glosser’s statements with “This is categorically false, and disgusting use of so-called journalism when the family deserves privacy to mourn the loss of a loved one. His grandmother did not pass away from COVID. She was diagnosed with COVID in March and passed away in July so that timeline does not add up at all. His grandmother died peacefully in her sleep from old age. I would hope that you would choose not to go down this road.”
Glosser responded to the White House statement in an email.
“Keeping the tragic facts about COVID deaths of our countrymen and women, young and old, from the American public serves no purpose other than to obscure the need for a coherent national, scientifically based, public health response to save others from this disease. My mother led a long, satisfying, productive life of family and community service. She had nothing to be ashamed of and concealing her cause of death to offer ‘privacy’ to me, our family, her hundreds of relatives and friends, does nothing to assuage our regret at her loss.”
Glosser shared his mother’s birth certificate with “Mother Jones” and the media outlet shared an image of the certificate, which lists her cause of death as “respiratory arrest” resulting from “COVID-19.”
When the White House was asked about the death certificate a spokesperson replied, “Again, this is categorically false. She had a mile [sic] case of COVID-19 in March. She was never hospitalized and made a full and quick recovery.”
In his Facebook post, Glosser described his mother as “a scholar, a social worker, and the teacher of a generation of social work students in Western Pennsylvania” who “founded and administered a foster parent’s program for children with special needs in Johnstown.”
“Her passion was the careful documentation of the Glosser family and its flight from Czarist persecution in what is now Belarus to life and freedom in the USA. An ardent advocate of education, women’s rights, and the struggle for civil rights in the USA.” In an addendum to the post, he pointed out that she had depended on immigrants for her health care:
I neglected to mention that in mom’s declining years she was lovingly cared for by health aides nurses, and doctors from India, Philippines, Mexico, Nicaragua, Haiti, Korea, El Salvador, Uganda, and Nigeria. Immigrants all of them. I am indebted to them for helping us through some very difficult times. Without them there would be no one to take care of our elderly,” he wrote.
Ruth Glosser, 97, lived in Los Angeles at an assisted living facility. Glosser shares that she tested positive for COVID-19 in early March. He says that one or more of the staff members at the facility were asymptomatic carriers of the virus.
“She had what might be regarded as a weak case,” Glosser notes. “She survived the immediate acute effects but lost 20 pounds within a few weeks and was very much weakened.”
Ruth Glosser was hit extremely hard by the neurological side effects and her health began to decline.
“She lost the will to eat because of enormous fatigue, enormous confusion, and the loss of her sense of smell and taste, and her lungs continued to deteriorate. Finally, she could not sustain a level of oxygen to remain conscious. In accordance with her living will, the oxygen was withdrawn. She basically fell asleep and died.”
Glosser shares that the hardest part was not being able to be there with her to calm her fears or hold her hand.
“We did the best we could with phone calls and the occasional FaceTime. But as time went by, her ability to focus and to breathe and talk diminished. I could get only a few words. ‘I love you.’ But there was no chance to hold her hand and help her go out easy.”