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Trump's base stands firm on COVID-19 being a hoax: 'There's no pandemic'

October 3, 2020 in Blogs

By AlterNet Staff

President Donald Trump is hospitalized after testing positive for coronavirus but his base still refuses to accept that the reality of the situation: coronavirus is real.

Many of Trump’s supporters are already circulating conspiracy theories to downplay the spread of the virus. Others are attempting to justify how the president may have contracted the virus insisting someone may have “planted it,” according to The Guardian.

A 56-year-old truck driver was briefly interviewed while standing outside of an early voting facility in St Joseph, Missouri. Despite Trump, himself, testing positive for COVID-19 amid his highly criticized response to the pandemic, the trucker still casted his vote for the president.

In fact, he still insists the coronavirus is a hoax and the pandemic is non-existent. As he quoted the president’s words, the trucker also attempted to compare the coronavirus to the flu.

“It’s a hoax. There’s no pandemic. As Trump said, how many millions die of flu?”

He also shared details about a theory that suggests Trump may have become infected with the virus when he was tested.

“If he’s sick, then they planted it when they tested him. It’s what they did to me when I went to hospital for my heart beating too fast. Two weeks later I got a cold,” he said. “It’s political. I don’t trust the US government at all. Who are they to mandate personal safety? I listen to Trump.”

Other Trump supporters are continuing to blindly trust the president while parroting his rhetoric and blatant attacks on Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

“I will vote for him again,” said Karen White, a long-time supporter of Trump who voted for him in 2016. “I still think he’s better for the country. If Biden becomes president he will be under the control of the socialists.”

The latest remarks come just one day after Trump tested positive for coronavirus. The president’s diagnosis sparked a media firestorm as multiple developments occurred in a matter of hours. He went from reportedly having “mild symptoms” to being airlifted to Walter Reed Medical Center.

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White House doctor sparks confusion with questionable timeline of Trump's COVID-19 diagnosis

October 3, 2020 in Blogs

By AlterNet Staff

White House physician Dr. Sean Conley just provoked mass confusion with his timeline detailing President Donald Trump’s coronavirus diagnosis.

During a press conference outside of Walter Reed Medical Center, Conley noted that they are “just 72 hours” into the president’s COVID-19 diagnosis. He also claimed the president had been fever-free for “over 24 hours.”

The doctor’s misstep was not missed. Almost immediately after making the statement, reporters quickly questioned Conley’s timeline since the president just announced his positive test results around 1:00 a.m. on Friday morning. Based on Conley’s suggested timeline, the president may have tested positive sometime Wednesday. Footage of the press conference is already going viral on social media as Twitter users are doing the math and noting that the questionable timeline does not add up.

The main question is: When exactly did the president test positive for coronavirus?

Many people are also noting what Conley’s timeline suggests: Trump traveled for days and interacted with hundreds of people as he dismissed masks and social distancing — all while being well aware that he was COVID positive.

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'She endangered their lives': 'Superspreader' hashtag targets SCOTUS nominee's recklessness amid pandemic

October 3, 2020 in Blogs

By AlterNet Staff

As more White House staffers and Republican lawmakers test positive for COVID-19, there is speculation that several people may have contracted coronavirus while attending President Donald Trump’s Rose Garden event last Saturday announcing the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett.

Now, Twitter users are highlighting Trump and Barrett’s recklessness at the event under the hashtag, “SuperSpreader,” which appears to describe the nature of the event. In addition to Trump being blamed for his own battle with COVID-19, photos from the Rose Garden event are now being used to argue that Barrett’s alleged irresponsibility proves she is not fit to serve on the Supreme Court.

With the latest developments, more Rose Garden photos are circulating and Twitter users are expressing concern about Barrett bringing her seven children to the even without masks.

As the children sat on the front row at the event, they were surrounded by others who also opted not to wear masks despite the ongoing pandemic. Amid concerns about Barrett possibly being exposed to the virus, she admitted that she was diagnosed with coronavirus over the summer later recovered. Her admission has only drawn more criticism. Having contracted the virus herself, many are puzzled by Barrett’s presumed lack of regard for the virus as they’ve described her as an irresponsible parent.

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Former West Wing official on POTUS COVID: 'It’s as if the campaign ended yesterday'

October 3, 2020 in Blogs

By Aldous Pennyfarthing

The redoubtable Gabriel Sherman has a post-POTUS-COVID dispatch from the wondrous, maskless land of the West Wing, where no one ever gets sick from a coronavirus that’s already killed more than 200,000 Americans.

(Guess this all makes sense. Washington, D.C., is a blue jurisdiction, and the administration doesn’t really care about such places.)

Oh, and hey! We probably won’t have to watch another train wreck of a debate. Isn’t that nice?

Vanity Fair:

Campaign advisers are also gaming out how Trump’s COVID diagnosis will play out with only 32 days left until the election. Sources I spoke with are doubtful the next two debates will happen. “There really can be nothing for 14 days. It’s as if the campaign ended yesterday,” a second former West Wing official told me. Republicans close to Trump are discussing what kind of message Trump should put out that might limit the political damage. “He could come out and say, ‘Look, I had COVID and it wasn’t that bad. It just shows that I’m strong and we should open up the country,’” the former West Wing official said. “He could make a mockery of it.”

He could. Because this asshole can’t stop being an asshole now. The best he can hope for for the next couple of weeks is being a sick asshole.

Oh, and Hope Hicks, who tested positive before Trump did, can’t be happy with her boss’s blasé attitude toward everyone else’s well-being:

Meanwhile, Hicks has experienced more pronounced symptoms than the president. Two sources said she has had a high fever and a cough, with one source adding she lost her sense of smell. Hicks is said to be frustrated with Trump for taking such a cavalier approach to the virus. She was one of the few West Wing staffers to wear a mask in meetings, which her colleagues chided her for. “She was made fun of because she wore a mask,” a friend said. Sources told me Hicks is also upset that news coverage has made it appear that she gave Trump the virus, when in fact no one knows where he got it. “It’s so unfair she’s sort of being blamed,” the friend told me.

Well, Trump will never blame himself. Sorry, Hope. COVID can be a bastard to recover from, especially when you’re trying to do it under a …read more

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Trump's history of misinformation is making it difficult for some people to believe he is ill with COVID-19

October 3, 2020 in Blogs

By AlterNet Staff

President Donald Trump’s COVID-19 illness has been met with scrutiny and skepticism of his health given his long history of coronavirus misinformation and the White House’s ongoing lack of transparency.

Since Trump tweeted to confirm he had tested positive for coronavirus, the White House has released multiple contradictory statements that raise questions about the extent of the president’s illness. Initially, ex-White House doctor Ronny Jackson told Fox News the president appeared to be “asymptomatic right now.”

Despite testing positive for coronavirus and having comorbidities, Jackson also insisted the president is “in great physical health otherwise.” Shortly after, another report spurned Jackson’s remarks as a White House official confirmed Trump was exhibiting “mild symptoms” of coronavirus. In fact, that official also admitted that Trump seemed “tired” on Wednesday.

By Thursday, Trump reportedly seemed “lethargic.” Just hours after telling an unmasked audience at his campaign fundraiser that “the end of the pandemic is in sight,” the president announced he and the first lady had tested positive.

Throughout the day on Friday, multiple White House officials, including Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, claimed the president was experiencing “mild symptoms” and was in “good spirits.”

Later in the day, it was revealed he had had a fever the entire day. It was also confirmed that doctors administered Regeneron to the president. The White House medical staff’s use of the experimental therapy, which does not have Food and Drug Administration is a Federal (FDA) emergency authorization, immediately raised questions about the severity of the president’s illness.

After hours of downplaying the president’s condition, White House officials announced he would be airlifted to Walter Reed Medical Center. The abrupt decision signaled a much bigger problem than the White House desired to admit.

But despite all that has transpired over the last two days, there are still many Americans who aren’t buying that the president is really ill. Since Trump has a history of spreading misinformation and playing cat-and-mouse …read more

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