On Monday, the entire city of DC had just 14 new cases of COVID. The Trump White House alone is now responsible for 23 new cases and counting. They had every privilege available to them to limit the spread of the disease and they blew it. Hard not to be furious.— Liz Oxhorn (@lizoxhorn) October 3, 2020
Trump’s Covid messaging:— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 3, 2020
JAN: It’s under control
FEB: It’s a hoax
M: Packed churches by Easter
APRIL: It’s going away
MAY: Time to open up
JUNE: Just embers
JULY: Time to open schools
AUG: Other countries are worse
SEPT: Vaccines coming soon!
OCT: *tweeting from the hospital*
Conversations w Republicans close to WH over last 12 hours indicate it’s been far more dire than WH has said. Before being taken to Walter Reed, Trump kept asking aides, “Am I going out like Stan Chera? Am I?” (Chera was Trump’s NYC friend who died of Covid in April)— Gabriel Sherman (@gabrielsherman) October 3, 2020
There will be so much tone policing about how people respond to this. I'm not for jokes about COVID because this shit is far from funny. But I'm thinking about the people who have been victimized by this President's inaction on the pandemic. Save your prayers & sympathy for them.— Dave Zirin (@EdgeofSports) October 2, 2020
It is not clear exactly when Mr. Trump was infected or by whom, and the White House remained secretive about the circumstances on Friday, declining to provide any account of who made the decision for the president to go to New Jersey or of how Ms. Hicks's illness was handled on Wednesday and Thursday.But by day's end, there was little doubt that the virus had been circulating in proximity to Mr. Trump for the past week, even as he disparaged mask wearing and campaigned in person in front of crowds that were not socially distanced.The chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, Ronna McDaniel, received a positive test on Wednesday afternoon after accompanying the president to events late last week. Senator Mike Lee, Republican of Utah, who went mask-free to the Rose Garden event on Saturday where Mr. Trump introduced Judge Amy Coney Barrett as his Supreme Court nominee, said on Friday that he had tested positive. So did three other guests at the event, Senator Thom Tillis, Republican of North Carolina, Kellyanne Conway, a former White House counselor, and the president of the University of Notre Dame, the Rev. John I. Jenkins. . . .At least three members of the White House press corps also tested positive on Friday.To keep himself and his staff safe, Mr. Trump had relied heavily on regular use of a rapid test that was never intended for that type of screening and can miss as many as one in three or four cases.On Thursday afternoon, Mr. Trump, presumably already infected himself, mingled with supporters for several hours at his Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., first for a round-table discussion indoors and then a fund-raiser outside that included about 200 people. . . .In the early hours of Friday morning, reality would finally catch up to Mr. Trump. After months of wishing that the virus would "disappear, like a miracle" and insisting that the country was "rounding the corner" in its fight against the pandemic, the president announced that he and Melania Trump, the first lady, had tested positive . . .Now the White House itself is a hot spot of sorts, the center of a contact tracing effort that extends to the upper reaches of American politics and government. . . .Last Friday, Ms. McDaniel, the Republican National Committee chairwoman, mingled with Mr. Trump at a glitzy fund-raiser at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, along with the committee's leadership team. The president seemed to be in good cheer and good health. He had reason to be happy.The next afternoon, he gathered Republican lawmakers and members of conservative interest groups in the Rose Garden to announce Judge Barrett as his pick to succeed Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court . . .Ms. McDaniel was not there, having traveled to her home in Michigan. It would be a few days before she began to feel ill and then tested positive for the virus. But the newly renovated Rose Garden was packed with Mr. Trump's supporters, including at least eight Republican senators, few of them wearing masks. Judge Barrett, who is said to have already had the coronavirus and has since recovered, had earlier met with the president in the Oval Office without wearing a mask. . . .The president also mingled with his guests indoors, including a reception in the Diplomatic Room, where few people, if any, were wearing masks. . . .Not present at the Barrett events that day was Ms. Hicks.
Any time Team Trump says X is going well, it is a safe bet to automatically assume X is a stone-cold disaster. Anyone associated with Trump is going to lie about his condition. They are going to lie about how he got infected. They are going to lie about who he infected. They are going to lie about who else in his circle tested positive. They are going to lie about his health when/if he recovers. They lie. They deny reality. That's what they do.
"[A] culture of lies permeates the White House. There has been a parade of press secretaries with a remarkably consistent record of failing to tell the truth to reporters and the general public. . . .In this latest crisis, the predictable cycle of dangerous obfuscation has already begun. It was only after Bloomberg News reported that Trump aide Hope Hicks had tested positive for coronavirus that the White House acknowledged it.Would we even know about Trump's diagnosis if it weren't for that? Maybe not. What about those he has come in contact with in recent days? Would they know they were endangered? The indications aren't good. Yamiche Alcindor, the PBS White House correspondent, reported Friday that there was "no contact from the Trump campaign or the White House to alert the Biden campaign of possible exposure."
Not a single administration statement deserves to be taken at face value. That privilege has been forfeited.
Doctor was just asked about this discrepancy & says Thursday night they got PCR clarity......this did not clear this up and this would be a big misstatement. Also hasnt clarified why President would have started 48 hours ago...which would be prior to positive test.Instead of reassuring the public, Walter Reed press conference sets-off new confusion and serious questions about President's #COVID19 diagnosis.
Literally every aspect of Trump's life is sketchy and built on lies. His doctor gets a chance to walk it back in real time, passes and later has to issue a statement saying he misspoke. They never miss a chance to lie. https://t.co/NzI3YFTnws— Neil 🇺🇸 Ⓥ #StayHome #BLM (@basementvegan) October 3, 2020
Conley has now jeopardized his own ability to be believed by the public. It is in part because he is adhering to the wishes of a patient who does not want the information about yesterday disclosed, according to people briefed on what has taken place so far.
suggests a very different past couple of days than we were initially led to believe. . . . Either the President has a rapidly progressing case (positive test+ fever + low oxygen in a very short time), implying high viral load and more serious infection . . . or much longer infection and he exposed many others.
Sen. Cassidy on Trump: "The president -- incredible resilience. You think of the stress he's been under the last 4 years. He does real well. You like to think those genes will tide him through ... he doesn't drink coffee, just a Diet Coke or 2. So a really remarkable metabolism." pic.twitter.com/mf6pPfY1vj— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 4, 2020
Dear Leader is recovering beautifully. He swam 25 miles this afternoon and personally rebuilt part of a house with local patriotic farmers. https://t.co/wFNKKuriKe— Bradley P. Moss (@BradMossEsq) October 3, 2020
I just spoke with the president and I’m happy to say he sounded in good spirits and told me he had spent the afternoon bench pressing an MRI machine and completing the game theory chapter in his memoirs— kilgore trout, acting president (@KT_So_It_Goes) October 3, 2020
I have to admit “encourage him to eat” had me wondering— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) October 3, 2020
Nothing can stop him from working for the American people. RELENTLESS! 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/2ZSat782qe— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) October 4, 2020
“Ok, hold it, hold it, beautiful. Fabulous. Let’s roll down a new backdrop, and you know what? Let’s lose the jacket. Let’s get crazy with it.” —JC Penney Portrait Studio Clerk@Acyn pic.twitter.com/zMvxXE3Hhc— MaTT FLaMMaBLe (@MaTTFLaMMaBLe) October 4, 2020
If anyone’s interviewing a White House official on a Sunday show tomorrow it would be great to ask “is the president so sick that he thinks a blank piece of paper needs his signature in the middle of it or was he doing this as a joke” I will Venmo you so much money— Matt Negrin, HOST OF HARDBALL AT 7PM ON MSNBC (@MattNegrin) October 4, 2020
In his defense, Trump was signing his latest health care plan.— Jon Perr (@Perrspectives) October 4, 2020
I think it's important to step back and remember that these are human beings who are doing the best they can to cover up for the president.— Joe Hagan (@joehagansays) October 3, 2020
We're paying a lot of attention to Trump's case, but the US just recorded the most daily COVID-19 infections in nearly 2 monthshttps://t.co/8YKUt3M5lM— Jay Cannon (@JayTCannon) October 3, 2020
Leadership is a craft. Hone it. pic.twitter.com/4OYvIdqUEv— David Roth (@david_j_roth) October 4, 2020
It's not the most important thing by a longshot but it's very funny that after basically a full term in office Trump still thinks that Conducting Presidential Business means sitting near a bunch of paper with a laundry marker in his hand making an "I'm shitting" face.— David Roth (@david_j_roth) October 4, 2020
Don Jr faking a positive result so people think he got to spend time with his dad— (Scary) Alex Grease (@dodgonkulator) October 3, 2020
"We have things happening that look like they're miracles coming down from God." https://t.co/Ubr9vsZbiw— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 3, 2020
Right: Medical bankruptcy is funny.— Garbage Ape 🗑🦧 (@GarbageApe) October 3, 2020
Right: Police brutality is funny.
Right: Wealth inequality is funny.
Right: Unemployment is funny.
Left: lol the president is getting intubated
Right: Ah... Here we see the truly callous nature of the radical left.
As Biden pauses negative advertising while Trump is hospitalized, a reminder that Trump not only didn't do the same when Hillary Clinton had a bout of pneumonia in 2016, but actually cut ads attacking Clinton's health https://t.co/TL0b9EvtnA— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 4, 2020
Gotta admit, that's an EPIC troll! https://t.co/DBoWz87Rdo— Robert A George (@RobGeorge) October 4, 2020
The chances that Trump actually said this are zero. But it tells you how completely bat shit crazy this cult has become that this is now going to be recast as Christ descending into hell. https://t.co/Emn524dSSW— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) October 3, 2020
Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination wasn’t supposed to be a public health disaster until AFTER she was confirmed— Jess Dweck (@TheDweck) October 3, 2020
And I would be out at CVS getting more Theraflu for my wife for what we would have thought was a cold. https://t.co/mhSbTZFmDv— George Conway (@gtconway3d) October 3, 2020
+ Trump should have hired someone to take the COVID test for him, like he did his SAT, then they’d have the COVID instead of him.+ Trump was just one of 43,000 other Americans who tested positive for COVID on Thursday. While nearly all of them paid more in taxes than he did, few will have his resources to fight the ravages of the disease and recover from its financial aftershocks. . . .+ Nearly, every undocumented immigrant working in the US pays more in federal taxes than Donald Trump.+ In 2017, a single worker without children who made $18,000 would have paid $760 in federal income tax. Donald Trump paid $750. . . .+ Trump should be thanking Obama, the $70 million tax refund he cashed, which is basically the only money he’s made in the last decade, came from a loophole in the tax code created by Obama’s 2009 recession bailout for Wall Street bill.