Late Thursday night, Donald Trump revealed that he and his wife Melania had tested positive for COVID-19. This news came just one day after his senior adviser, Hope Hicks, tested positive after having traveled with the Trumps extensively in the past week.
Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 2, 2020
As expected, the news was met with mixed reactions. Of course, Democratic nominees Joe Biden and Kamala Harris took the high road and sent their well wishes.
Jill and I send our thoughts to President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump for a swift recovery. We will continue to pray for the health and safety of the president and his family.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) October 2, 2020
Doug and I join Joe Biden and Dr. Biden in wishing President Trump and the First Lady a full and speedy recovery. We’re keeping them and the entire Trump family in our thoughts.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) October 2, 2020
However, the rest of Twitter rejoiced in the petty with memes mocking the man who downplayed COVID-19 and called it a hoax.
Before you tastelessly joke about Trump’s health, please consider:
The jokes about Hillary’s health
Mocking a physical disability
Saying Biden’s “hiding in a basement”
421 bills repealing Obamacare
The “Kung Flu”
Ok, now that you have some inspiration…Go!
— michaelharriot (@michaelharriot) October 2, 2020
Imagine wishing that broke ass fascist bitch a swift recovery. I hope he experiences the absolute worst that miss rona can do.
— king crissle (@crissles) October 2, 2020
miss rona after watching the debate pic.twitter.com/JZX0LJ0uSs
— DANNY (@dannysoderberg) October 2, 2020
I know Dr. Fauci's groupchat going off right now
— Boo'd Up 👻 (@HollyGoNightly1) October 2, 2020
Trump: “The coronavirus. This is their new hoax.”
— Joel D. Anderson (@byjoelanderson) October 2, 2020
Others pondered whether or not the announcement was fake news or even a diversion tactic.
If he’s faking it he gets to 1) duck a debate, 2) look strong when he “recovers” quickly, and 3) FLOTUS can avoid interviews about the tapes.
— Paul Bae (@MrPaulBae) October 2, 2020
Here’s how wrecked Trump’s credibility is at this point: I’ve got a cellphone full of texts from people who aren’t sure whether to believe Trump actually has covid. “He lies so much,” one friend just texted. “Is he just doing this to get out of the debates?” others are texting.
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) October 2, 2020
trump has lied about mad things including his height, his weight and his yearly physical. why tf should anyone think he's being honest tonight?
— Desus Nice (@desusnice) October 2, 2020
Be aware, if and when Trump gets over COVID he will downplay the virus AND tell us how he “beat it tremendously” because he’s very “strong as an American” and he recovered in ways “no one has ever seen before”. 🤦🏾♂️🤦🏾♂️🤦🏾♂️
— Eazee (@Eazee) October 2, 2020
What side do you fall on? Do you think The Donald ironically caught the virus he famously said that “affects virtually nobody” or is this just another example of his desperately crooked behavior? Either way, be mindful of whatever you tweet … we would hate for you to lose your job talking ish about the president.
Don’t get fired for your takes on Twitter today…..
— Bakari Sellers (@Bakari_Sellers) October 2, 2020