The president tweeted that he and the first lady had tested positive for coronavirus early Friday morning.

By Isabel Jones
Oct 02, 2020 @ 10:26 am

On Friday morning Donald Trump tweeted that he and wife Melania Trump had tested positive for coronavirus.

Naturally, the news sent shockwaves through the country. Even a cursory glance at Twitter this morning is … a lot. Reactions have ranged from well-wishes to something more akin to a “told you so” for a president who has consistently downplayed the dangers of a virus that has claimed the lives of 208,000 Americans and counting.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, who is reportedly being tested for COVID-19 after sharing the debate stage with Trump on Tuesday, expressed his thoughts and prayers for the president on Friday morning, tweeting, “Jill and I send our thoughts to President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump for a swift recovery. We will continue to pray for the health and safety of the president and his family.”

Similar messages came from several political figures and commentators, including Kamala Harris, Mike Pence, and Rachel Maddow. 

Others were more critical:

Trump has repeatedly refused to take or endorse precautions to curtail the spread of COVID-19, including wearing a mask. During the debate on Tuesday he even appeared to attack Biden for … taking CDC guidance seriously?

“I wear masks when needed,” he said. “I don't wear masks like [Biden]. Every time you see him, he's got a mask. He could be speaking 200 feet away from them and he shows up with the biggest mask I've ever seen.”