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U.S. President Donald J. Trump and first lady Melania Trump have both tested positive for COVID-19.
The announcement came just two days after the first presidential debate that’s been described by many as a “chaotic, vicious encounter,” a “hot mess,” a “disgrace,” and a national security catastrophe owing to Trump’s refusal to denounce white supremacy among many other things.
Trump himself broke the news of their diagnosis through his official twitter account, his post reads:
“Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!”
It’s been almost seven months since the COVID-19 crisis was declared a pandemic on March 11, 2020 by the World Health Organization (WHO). Unfortunately, Trump also spent all these months downplaying the coronavirus and making multiple false claims about it thereby spreading fake news and disinformation.
Trump, for example, called COVID-19 a hoax, it will go away in April he said, that U.S. is doing a great job in terms of its response to the crisis. In addition, he said that with or without a vaccine, the coronavirus is going to pass.
But clearly, COVID-19 is still here even to this day. In fact, there are 7,505,074 COVID-19 cases in the US so far while the death toll is now at 212,869 as of this writing.
And along with more and more Americans dying from the illness with each passing day is the growing criticism for his COVID-19 response to which he simply replied, “We have one of the lowest mortality rates anywhere.”
When pressed about his definition of control in an interview after he said that he thinks coronavirus is under control, Trump said:
“They are dying. That’s true. And you — it is what it is. But that doesn’t mean we aren’t doing everything we can. It’s under control as much as you can control it.”
His false claims are sometimes interspersed with shifting the blame onto former president Barack Obama for his own administration’s failed COVID-19 response. Trump said at one point that his predecessor left them with “bad, broken tests, and obsolete tests” in spite of COVID-19 being a new virus not to mention that Obama has already left office in 2017.
More importantly, Trump even dismantled in 2018 a pandemic response team that Obama created following an Ebola outbreak in Africa.
Trump sometimes make (hilarious and insane) COVID-19 treatment suggestions as well. For instance, he suggested injecting patients with disinfectant to help fight coronavirus and “getting bright light, such as UV rays, into the body after hearing it is bad for the virus.”
Trump also touted the use of an anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine as a COVID-19 medication, saying it could be ‘one of the biggest game-changers’ even if there is “no empirical evidence” that it helps treat or prevent coronavirus.
Meanwhile, some twitter denizens poked fun at Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis. They reacted with memes and jokes while others slammed him for downplaying the severity of coronavirus for months, asking him if he no longer thinks of the COVID-19 pandemic as a hoax.
Yo Don! You got the poison, I got the remedy! It's arrived just in the nick of time. My official bottle of Trump Medical Injectable Bleach!— id-iom (@Thisisidiom) October 2, 2020
#trump #bleach #injectable #addedheatandlight #covid #coronavirus #art #contemporary #infected #notadoctor #notforhumanconsumption #fakead pic.twitter.com/f7flPqrbG7
TRUMP got covid pic.twitter.com/3iCUKRHv7Y— Brent Terhune (@BrentTerhune) October 2, 2020
HOW is it possible that #DonaldTrump has the #COVID19 #coronavirus? #Trump has been strenuously following the #GOP #COVID Prevention Plan; he’s been taking #Hydroxychloroquine, he’s been #injecting #bleach, and he hasn’t been wearing a mask. HOW did this happen? #TrumpHasCovid— Marco Del Chiaro (@Getthefacts2016) October 2, 2020
I’m very skeptical of #Trump with #Covid. It doesn’t quite smell right. He’s a notorious germaphobe and a we all know a liar. Timing wise, it creates A LOT of press for him, sympathy after his atrocious behavior at the debate and it could get him out of the next debate. #HOAX?— Mark Vogler (@MarkVogler) October 2, 2020
Though late, we hope that Trump will stop downplaying the COVID-19 pandemic and start taking it seriously beginning today, now that he is one of the millions of people suffering from it.
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