• Mixed Bag: Reactions Classy, Gross to Trump’s Positive Coronavirus Test

    Surge Summary: President Trump and his wife Melania have tested positive for COVID-19. Reactions domestically and abroad, have been mixed. Many, even including some of his political adversaries, offered words of support, prayers and well-wishes. Of course, others made public sentiments that were nothing less than abhorrent. 

    by Gary Bauer

    As you know, President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for COVID-19.  … News of their positive tests broke overnight, with the president confirming it himself just before 1:00 AM.  Hours earlier it was reported that Hope Hicks, a top aide to the president, had tested positive.  It is also being reported that RNC Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel received a positive test on Wednesday, and Utah Senator Mike Lee has tested positive.

    Vice President Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence, as well as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Judge Amy Coney Barrett, have all tested negative.

    [Editor: As of Friday afternoon, the president was transported to Walter Reed Medical Center “out of an abundance of caution”. Reports are his symptoms remain comparatively mild and he is scheduled to remain there for a few days. ]

    The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly

    Messages of support and well wishes poured in from world leaders, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

    Joe and Jill Biden tweeted their prayers for swift recovery for the president and first lady.  As did some of the president’s harshest critics, including Rachel Maddow and actress Alyssa Milano.

    Others, however, could barely contain their glee.  The New York Times wishfully wondered whether Trump “should remain on the ballot at all.”  The Washington Post was downright morbid, posting back-to-back tweets that read:

    “President Trump says he and his wife, Melania, have tested positive for coronavirus.”

    “Opinion: Imagine what it will be like to never have to think about Trump again.”

    To be clearthe opinion piece was totally unrelated to the president’s diagnosis and the column had run earlier in the day.  But I refuse to believe that the Twitter posts, just minutes apart at 1:30 in the morning, were accidental.

    The tweets have since been removed, but whoever is responsible for the Post’s Twitter feed should also be removed.

    Hu Xijin, editor of one of communist China’s leading propaganda outlets, issued a disgusting statement.  Hu tweeted:

    “President Trump and the first lady have paid the price for his gamble to play down the COVID-19.  The news shows the severity of the US’ pandemic situation. It will impose a negative impact on the image of Trump and the US, and may also negatively affect his reelection.”

    I have no doubt that Hu, like the New York Times and Washington Post, desperately hopes it negatively affects Trump’s reelection.  The fact that our left-wing anti-Trump media and China’s communist mouthpieces are so similarly aligned speaks volumes.

    On MSNBC this morning, Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she would pray more intensely for the president, but then she ripped his “brazen” behavior and suggested that his illness should be a “learning experience” for others.

    Michael Moore went even further, writing that Trump is “an evil genius” who could be “lying about having COVID-19” to gain sympathy.

    Of course, many other “tolerant progressives” were posting much worse.  I won’t waste your time by reprinting any of that.  But I felt Italy’s Matteo Salvini struck the right response:

    “In Italy and in the world, whoever celebrates the illness of a man or a woman, whoever wishes the death of others, only confirms what he is:  a soulless idiot.  Hugs to Melania and Donald Trump.”

    The views here are those of the author and not necessarily Daily Surge

    Originally posted here.

    Image: Screen Shot: CNBC; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tp659zSbC-0

    Gary Lee Bauer is an American politician and activist, who served in the Reagan administration. He later became president of the Family Research Council and a senior vice president of Focus on the Family. In 2000, he participated in the Republican presidential contest.

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