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Donald and Melania Trump Positive COVID-19 Test

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Donald and Melania Trump Positive COVID-19 Test refers to news that President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump had both tested positive for COVID-19. The President announced the news on his Twitter account early in the morning on October 2nd, 2020. The news led to a surge of jokes and schadenfreude among his critics on Twitter as well as discussion about the implications the news will have on the upcoming presidential election.


Early in the morning on October 2nd, 2020, President Trump tweeted that he and his wife Melania both tested positive for COVID-19.[1] The tweet gained over 361,000 retweets, 445,000 quote tweets and 1.3 million likes in less than 12 hours (shown below).

Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for CCOVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER! 12:54 AM · Oct 2, 2020 · Twitter for iPhone


The news led to speculation on how Trump may have contracted COVID-19. His aide Hope Hicks had contracted the illness, leading Trump and Melania to get tested.[2] Furthermore, it led to speculation on if his opponent in the 2020 election, Joe Biden, may have contracted the illness during his and Trump's debate two days prior to Trump announcing he had coronavirus.[3] Biden was expected to get a test the morning after the Trump announcement. He tested negative.[11] Vice President Mike Pence tested negative for the virus, per his Press Secretary.[4] Later in the morning on October 2nd, Trump was reported to be working in the White House residence with cold-like symptoms.[5]

The news led people to speculate on its implications for the election. Trump will be forced to stop campaigning for re-election with the election less than a month away.[6] The next Presidential debate, scheduled for October 15th, is likely also in jeopardy. Overall, experts met the news with uncertainty. Buzzfeed's[7] politics editor Matt Berman posted a piece titled, "I Am The Politics Editor And I Have Absolutely No Idea What Happens Next," writing, "When the president of the United States is diagnosed with a virus that has killed more than one million people, 32 days out from the election, some questions about our democracy naturally arise, such as: AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHH?"

Online Reaction

While pundits and foreign leaders sent Trump well wishes on Twitter after the news broke,[6] the general online reaction to the news was one of schadenfreude and celebration, as Twitter users tended to revel in the diagnosis considering how much Trump had downplayed the coronavirus pandemic even as it killed over 200,000 Americans. For example, user @KenanPerry posted a Dimitri Finds Out parody about the news, gaining over 6,400 retweets and 21,000 likes (shown below, top). User @OhNoSheTwitnt[8] posted a picture of Melania Trump's I Don't Really Care jacket in response to the news, gaining over 300 retweets and 2,000 likes (shown below, bottom).

The Volatile Mermaid VOTE @OhNoSheTwitnt TFW you hear that Trump and Melania have COVID REALLY DON'T CARE DO U?

Additionally, some users were wary about if the news was genuine or a fabrication made for an unknown political benefit. Some users speculated Trump may be lying to for political reasons, perhaps to get a boost in his polls or interfere with the election. For example, Twitter user @Murray_NYC[9] tweeted, "Trump is a pathological liar. He demonstrates this daily. Nothing he says can be trusted at face value. He is literally capable of saying anything, including lying about testing positive for the coronavirus if he thinks doing so may help rescue his presidency." However, others disputed the idea based on the myriad problems Trump having the virus poses, such as the harsh effect the news had on the stock market and making him unable to campaign in the last month before the election. @TheRealHoarse[10] argued that Trump being narcissistic would mean he would not admit to having COVID-19 unless he had to.

MURRAY @murray_nyc Replying to @murray_nyc @realDonaldTrump and @FLOTUS Trump is a pathological liar. He demonstrates this daily. Nothing he says can be trusted at face value. He is literally capable of saying anything, including lying about testing positive for the coronavirus if he thinks doing so may help rescue his presidency. 3:44 AM · Oct 2, 2020 · Twitter Web App The Hoarse Whisperer @TheRealHoarse To folks speculating Trump might be lying about having COVID as a ruse of some kind: 1) His narcissism makes him see being sick as being weak. He would never voluntarily make himself look weak. 2) He can't campaign for two weeks. His narcissism needs that ego fuel. He has it. 7:53 AM · Oct 2, 2020 · Twitter for iPhone

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in reply to Nedhitis

No matter how you see it, Trump's death at this time and by such a cause is, by far, the most chaotic thing that could happen to the US right now and not a single person will benefit from it in the long run. So yes, both Trump supporters and detractors better be praying to whatever god they believe in for Trump to survive if you value what little prosperity is left in the US. Whether you like it or nor, Trump's life is directly tied to it, so it is on everyone's best interest that the old man survives to see what he started through to the end.


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