Even if Mr. Trump, 74, remains asymptomatic, he will have to withdraw from the campaign trail and stay isolated in the White House for an unknown period of time. If he becomes sick, it could raise questions about whether he should remain on the ballot at all.Even if he does not become seriously ill, the positive test could prove devastating to his political fortunes given his months of diminishing the seriousness of the pandemic even as the virus was still ravaging the country and killing about 1,000 more Americans every day. He has repeatedly predicted the virus "is going to disappear", asserted that it was under control and insisted that the country was "rounding the corner" to the end of the crisis. He has scorned scientists, saying they were mistaken on the severity of the situation.Mr. Trump has refused for months to wear a mask in public on all but a few occasions and repeatedly questioned their effectiveness while mocking Mr. Biden for wearing one. Trailing in the polls, the president in recent weeks increasingly held crowded campaign events in defiance of public health guidelines and sometimes state and local governments . . . with hundreds and even thousands of people jammed into tight spaces, many if not most without masks.A positive test will undercut his effort to change the subject away from a pandemic that polls show most Americans believe he has mishandled and onto political terrain he considers more favorable. . . . [T]he symbolism of an infected president could rattle governors and business owners trying to assess when and how to reopen or keep open shops, schools, parks, beaches, restaurants, factories and other workplaces. Eager to restore a semblance of normal life before the election, Mr. Trump has dismissed health concerns to demand that schools reopen, college football resume play and businesses resume full operation.In his eighth decade of life, Mr. Trump belongs to the age category deemed most vulnerable to the virus. Eight out of every 10 deaths attributed to it in the United States have been among those 65 and older. . . . Trump has been reported to have high cholesterol and tips the scale at 243 pounds, which is considered obese for his height . . . [U]nlike many of those who have succumbed to the virus, he will have the best medical care available.
Throughout the pandemic, Trump has downplayed the severity of the coronavirus, saying it "affects virtually nobody" at a rally, and has dismissed science-based public health measures during the pandemic, including undermining the importance of wearing masks.At 74 years old, Trump falls into the highest risk category for serious complications from the disease. A report in Nature noted that for every 1,000 people in their mid-seventies or older who are infected, about 116 will die. This implies that Trump has about a 12 percent chance of dying of COVID-19. Melania, who is 50, has a lower risk of having serious complications from the disease: only 5 in 1000 people in her age range die, on average, of COVID-19 after being infected.
You would hope and pray that people would take this seriously, him being the Commander in Chief.
He failed to protect the country.— George Conway (@gtconway3d) October 2, 2020
He couldn't even protect himself.
MSNBC put together a list 👀 pic.twitter.com/oyYx14DQFe— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) October 2, 2020
NO! NO! NO! I tested positive for COVID!!! NOT KARMA!!! #TrumpHasCovid— Donald J. Trump ........................... ᵖᵃʳᵒᵈʸ (@realDonaldTrFan) October 2, 2020
Hydroxychloroquine stand back and stand by— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) October 2, 2020
That damn hoax.— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) October 2, 2020
Has anyone thought of the ramifications if the virus has jumped from Human to Trump?— YS (@NYinLA2121) October 2, 2020
"quarantined on the plane" is some kind of next level genius https://t.co/1JTfzceDko— manu is writing a utopia 🖖 (@trekonomics) October 2, 2020
Yes, I am absolutely celebrating an obese 74yr old fascist imbecile contracting a hyper contagious disease. You will hear no pouting here, and the karmic wheel ignores your complaint.— Rogue WH Snr Advisor (@roguesnradvisor) October 2, 2020
Whatever your politics, whatever your party or candidate, wherever you stand on one issue or the next, if you care about the United States of America and want it to flourish you have to admit that all this shit is objectively hilarious and rules very much.— David Roth (@david_j_roth) October 2, 2020
And so much more, coming up on an all new This Shit Again.— David Roth (@david_j_roth) October 2, 2020
Breaking: Trump says he cannot release the results of his Covid test because they are under audit— Sarah Cooper (@sarahcpr) October 2, 2020
"Yesterday I made a statement that was according to most, a perfect statement ... I've said it many times, let me be clear again, I condemn the KKK, I condemn all white supremacists, I condemn the Proud Boys ... [Biden] should condemn antifa" -- Trump pic.twitter.com/2b2vUCZaJW— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 2, 2020
"I go through this every year..." during my annual denial of supporting white supremacists when I begrudgingly pretend to condemn them. pic.twitter.com/xgH3uvGIj8— Michael Powell (@PAIDtriot) October 2, 2020
That coherence that everyone talks about— Capt Skeet (@sciencevstrump) October 2, 2020
The projection is just stream of consciousness at this point.— Eric Spletzer (@espletz) October 2, 2020
It’s truly amazing that Trump lose his chain of thought mid sentence while trying to say the sentence “chain of thought”. This kind of stupidity is truly Heroic!— dave (@aceofthedesert) October 2, 2020
Republicans won’t bat an eye over Donald Trump being $421 million in debt to potentially shady characters, but throw a tantrum over unemployed workers getting $600 a week to feed their families and pay rent during a pandemic.— Ron Wyden (@RonWyden) September 29, 2020
Full Melania Trump video: “They said, ‘Oh what about the children that were separated?’ Give me a fucking break.” pic.twitter.com/FQF3AJshXP— Matt McDermott (@mattmfm) October 2, 2020
Hey Evangelicals. That 'War on Christmas' you're always talking about...— Translate Trump (@TranslateRealDT) October 2, 2020
It's coming from inside the White House.#MelaniaTapes
Here's why the #MelaniaTapes are out:— Swing Left (@swingleft) October 2, 2020
The Trump inauguration is under federal investigation for making massive payments to the Trumps and possible money laundering. They raised $107 million that just disappeared. https://t.co/Ahy45KiG6O