President Trump Has COVID

UPDATE #2: Former Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, have tested negative for COVID-19. Current Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen, have also tested negative.


UPDATE: Panic grows in Washington as more high-ranking Republicans test positive for COVID-19, including Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel and Sen. Mike Lee of Utah–the latter being particularly problematic, because:

As of this writing, Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett has tested negative, as has Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden–but they’ll need more testing in order to be sure. With only a month left to go before the 2020 elections, the impact of these developments are difficult to objectively assess today–but they’re going to be large.

Buckle up, October of 2020 is going to be a wild ride.


President Donald Trump (R).

It’s the news dominating the morning, as CNN reports:

A country already unnerved by a devastating health catastrophe and a turbulent political season faced fresh upheaval Friday as Americans awoke to news President Donald Trump had contracted coronavirus.

The President made the announcement on Twitter at nearly 1 a.m. ET on Friday and the development — after months of debilitating losses, set against a badly mismanaged federal response overseen by a commander-in-chief who repeatedly downplayed the crisis — threw fresh turmoil into the country’s leadership at a moment of deep national strain…

A senior administration official said Friday that Trump wasn’t showing major symptoms and planned to work from the White House residence. A White House official described Trump’s condition as having “mild symptoms” of the coronavirus and said aides were looking at ways for Trump to speak to the nation on Friday, though no final decision had been made by mid-morning.

Obviously there’s a lot we could say here, but some moments in history are better defined by what is not said. Or what doesn’t need to be said. You may disagree and decide to say it, and that’s your prerogative, but we’re taking the high road–for today. And with that in mind, we wish the President, the First Lady, and anyone else affected by this situation a speedy recovery.

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  1. harrydoby says:

    It was bound to happen eventually.  You can only flaunt expert advice for so long before Hubris/Karma/Schadenfreude exact their due.

    RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel tested positive for coronavirus several days ago, her spokesman says

    I just hope Joe Biden and his team are safe and virus-free, given all the spittle Trump was aiming his way Wednesday night.

  2. Gilpin Guy says:

    Reminds me of the scene in the Vietnam War movie The Deer Hunter where they are playing Russian Roulette.  In this case, it is COVID Roulette and they have played it a long time.  Sooner or later poor health practices catch up with you.  It's kind of like eating Twinkies every day and assuming that there are no long term health consequences.  Sooner or later you have to reckon with your reckless living.

  3. spaceman65 says:

    Tots and pears, bunkerboy.  Hard to have sympathy for someone who is responsible for 100,000+ preventable deaths. 

  4. MADCO says:

    He's downplaying it.

    Pence should go to the undisclosed location. And get his pardon pen ready.

  5. davebarnes says:

    we wish the President, the First Lady, and anyone else affected by this situation a speedy recovery.

    Uh, no, I don't. I want Fat Donnie from Queens to have a Boris Johnson experience. Followed by a Herman Cain one.


  6. RepealAndReplace says:

    Shouldn't Nutlid have been along already to assure us that this is all a big fat nothing burger with melted Swiss cheese and a side of fries? 

  7. Voyageur says:

    If Mike Lee has covid and misses the Barrett vote and murkowsky and collins vote no, it's still 50-49 for fascism forever, as Injustice Gorsuch once urged.  We're getting very close.  Anyone seen Blanche wear a mask?

    BTW, ACB tested positive for virus last summer!  Says she is negative now.



    • RepealAndReplace says:

      Yes, but they don't know how long the antibodies last. She may, or may not, be able to get re-infected.

      They just released the list of all the GOP senators plus Manchin who have met with her this week. And, yes, the junior senator from the Centennial State was among them.


  8. RepealAndReplace says:

    Anyone know how the Q-Anon Continuum is processing this news?

    Probably not well, I would guess.

  9. Voyageur says:

    Has Q-bert been tested?  Or did she put enough bleach in those sliders to immunize her?/p>

  10. Genghis says:

    From “Q,” right wing hate monger and owner/operator of the now-defunct 8chan Jim Watkins, Trump does not have COVID-19. That’s a cover story. The round-up of Deep State satanic pedophiles is either about to begin or is already under way. Trump, the enemy of Deep State satanic pedophiles, has been spirited away to a safe but undisclosed location from which he can supervise the arrests free of potential retaliation from Deep State satanic pedophile forces.

    Mike Pence is a heavily compromised Deep State operative and will therefore be among the arrested. When Trump returns to the public eye a couple of weeks hence, he will announce that Robert F. Kennedy Jr. – who is very much alive despite what all y’all sheeple may believe – is the new vice president.

    Joe Biden, of course, is dead and has been ever since his execution months ago. The guy we think is Joe Biden is a clone. (Yes, QAnoners believe the Deep State satanic pedophiles not only have mastered human cloning but also can rapidly age a human clone as desired.)

    Maybe someone can ask Yosemite Q*Bert if she hopes this is true.

  11. Genghis says:

    Well now, in less than a day we've gone from positive test with no symptoms to mild symptoms to moderate symptoms to being choppered to Walter Reed (after the markets closed, of course) as a "precautionary measure."

    • DavidThi808 says:

      Same thing I thought. It's not definitely serious, but could well become so in 1 – 2 days.

    • DavidThi808 says:

      Oh, and now being given experimental drugs – it's serious.

    • RepealAndReplace says:

      This is starting to resemble the Soviet Union between 1982 and 1985 when a series of geriatric leaders were reportedly suffering from a "cold."

      • Genghis says:

        I’ve kinda suspected for awhile that Trump might be getting Brezhneved. The Soviets kept ol’ Leonid alive (though not always coherent) well beyond his expiration date through pharmacological intervention, and the available interventions have only gotten better over the decades.

        Way before this COVID-19 stuff, his fairly consistent symptoms (forward-leaning posture, limb weakness, balance and gait problems, disordered speech, slurring and disorganized tongue movements) indicate some sort of serious pathology.  Couple that with symptoms like uncontrollable sniffing, probable effects of whatever drugs they use to manage his mood and wakefulness throughout the day, and you’re talking one severely fucked up old man.

      • notaskinnycook says:

        It is starting to sound like the Russian Flu, isn't it?

  12. itlduso says:

    Question of the moment:  Who in the GOP is marshaling his political resources right now to become the candidate if Trump is incapacitated on November 3?  
    Mike Pence?  He doesn’t seem to have a legion of supporters.

    Mitt Romney?  I don’t think so.

    Louis Gohmert?  (I was imagining the worst possible Trump ally).

    Seriously, there’s a good chance that Trump cannot be the GOO candidate.

  13. harrydoby says:

    These are the mild symptoms Mark Meadows alluded to:

    President Trump will be transported to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Friday afternoon, less than 24 hours after testing positive for the deadly coronavirus, according to the White House. Trump is struggling with a low-grade fever, a cough and nasal congestion, among other symptoms, said two officials familiar with his condition.

  14. ParkHill says:

    Obviously, even a normal administration would minimize any symptoms to the public. We can only wait. At a minimum, Trump will be lethargic & wheezy, and out of public activity for the last few weeks of the campaign. 

    If you know anyone who has had Covid, you know that there are a lot of lingering symptoms: Lungs, gastro-intestinal, heart, maybe brain.

    Covid is a serious disease, the kind that triggers pre-existing condition clauses.

    For the country's sake, I hope Trump gets better so that we can whup his ass on Nov 3, and bring down the long arm of the law over the next months and years.

  15. notaskinnycook says:

    Judge Barrett already had the nasty during the summer, but there is some debate as to whether one can be reinfected.

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