Thoughts & Essays

Trump has COVID-19.

Late last night, Oct. 1, 2020, the White House announced that Donald and Melania Trump have COVID-19.

It was initially reported like they’d caught it from their aide, Hope Hicks, but as the news progressed today it’s seeming more like maybe all three – and who knows how many more – maybe caught it all at the same time?

I mention this because it’s sort of starting to look like the White House is in the midst of a superspreader event possibly centered on Trump’s announcement of Amy Coney Barrett as his SCotUS nominee. Two GOP Senators who were there have COVID-19 now, as does a press office staffer and two reporters, along with at least one other guy who was present.

Trump apparently started exhibiting symptoms last night and this afternoon was moved to Walter Reed.

Press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said the president would be “working from the presidential offices at Walter Reed for the next few days” out of “an abundance of caution and at the recommendation of his physician and medical experts.”

Trump “remains in good spirts, has mild symptoms, and has been working throughout the day,” McEnany said.

Trump To Stay At Walter Reed Hospital Following Positive Coronavirus Test,” NPR

Except, y’know. We can’t believe a single word this administration says about anything. And while the White House spokescritters claim Trump’s fine, CNN’s Jim Acosta is hearing different.

In the meantime, Trump is still in charge of the government as of this writing. By which I mean he hasn’t used the 25th Amendment to put Pence in charge while he’s sick. And I doubt he will, even if he goes on a ventilator (assuming that they even tell us if he does). Because if Pence is acting President, he can’t go cast a tie-breaker vote in the Senate to get Trump’s SCotUS nominee approved if he needs to.

Of course, who knows if they’ll bring Barrett up for a vote? They might have to push that off if enough GOP Senators catch COVID-19 from the rat-lickers in the White House.

What an incredible shitshow this is, folks. Hold on to your asses – October’s gonna be a wild month.

Featured Photo: President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address at the U.S. Capitol, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, in Washington, D.C. Vice President Mike Pence and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi sit behind him. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)