“Literally Thursday night President Trump told people at a dinner: ‘The end of pandemic is in sight ‘“
It’s not a plot, he’s just that stupid, and he’s also that conniving. A bad combination.
As you say, it's doubtful he'd ever want to pull off the scheme, and risible to think he actually could. This is the mirror image of the Trump cultists who think his every misstep or weird utterance is somehow a brilliancy in a 12D chess game.
— Out Of Likes Derek (@PereGrimmer) October 2, 2020
Breaking news about @realDonaldTrump now attempting remdesivir treatment in hospital & note from physician that he does not yet need supplemental oxygen. But what are his vital signs? Why such rapid progression? There is a lot we don’t know and a lot that doesn’t make sense. pic.twitter.com/DGJMx3y6YY
— Leana Wen, M.D. (@DrLeanaWen) October 3, 2020
And yet, some folks expect a Cytokine storm
Followers of QAnon, the baseless conspiracy theory that posits the president is leading a secret war against a deep-state cabal of Satanic pedophiles, reacted to news of Trump’s Covid-19 infection with near-universal celebration.
On QAnon forums and Facebook groups, people traded conspiracy theories about Trump’s diagnosis, believing it to be part of an elaborate plan to isolate the leader while violent retribution is taken against believed evil-doers, a time known within the conspiracy theory as “the storm.”
QAnon believers also hold that the coronavirus, which has killed over 200,000 Americans, is a “hoax,” engineered to hurt the president. They have rallied around ineffective treatments like hydroxychloroquine and have refused to wear masks or get a vaccine when one becomes available.
Notable QAnon influencers spent early Friday attempting to “decode” the president's tweet announcing he had the disease and trying to deduce clues from the statement's use of capital letters. The official “Q” account, which followers believe to be a secret government insider giving them hints about the president's plan, has not posted since the president's announcement.
Trump’s COVID Diagnosis Spooks Russia. “Our candidate is sick- all is for naught” 😳 https://t.co/Ud90bCESzg
— Venture Capital (@kelly2277) October 3, 2020
i keep watching this video and keep being astounded that these people seem to truly believe the virus doesn’t exist, or if it does, it won’t affect *them* https://t.co/AybGCY0WU5
— b-boy bouiebaisse (@jbouie) October 3, 2020
“Without Jennifer Jacobs, a dogged Bloomberg reporter who broke the story about Hicks’s illness, the world might still be in the dark about the sickness sweeping through the West Wing and the highest levels of our government.” https://t.co/pwhsAMnNa1
— Hamza Shaban (@hshaban) October 2, 2020
BREAKING: Chinese President Xi Jinping says that the “White House virus” is out of control and Trump needs to be more transparent about the crisis.
— Travis Allen 🇺🇸 (@TravisAllen02) October 3, 2020
He would be mocking him in front of a crowd that would literally be cheering for his death. Because that’s what he is. https://t.co/PnWrh7G8WP
— Reza Aslan (@rezaaslan) October 3, 2020
This @zeynep joint on the science of overdispersion and super-spreading events is not only a magnificent piece of analysis, it's also eerily prophetic. We posted it … Wednesday.https://t.co/qMK80A1R5Y
— Derek Thompson (@DKThomp) October 3, 2020
* note: I'm not saying the diagnoses isn't legit but that tweet is definitely freaky.
— Cory Elia (@TheRealCoryElia) October 3, 2020
The American people have an absolute right to know the medical status of the President. We should expect abject dishonesty from the White House. Continuity of government protocols should be put in place and the @VP should be quarantined as a precaution.
— Steve Schmidt (@SteveSchmidtSES) October 3, 2020
— #TuckFrump (@realTuckFrumper) October 2, 2020