Shortly after midnight on Thursday, October 1, President Trump revealed that he and his wife, First Lady Melania, had tested positive for Coronavirus. News of his diagnosis comes amid a nationwide debate over the White House’s handling of the outbreak. After the president informed the public about his condition, people from both sides of the political divide wished him well.
Along with the thoughts and prayers, though, there was no shortage of gloating from many on the far left. To these folks, Trump’s diagnosis was a call for celebration rather than a demonstration of human decency.
Celebrating Trump’s Coronavirus Diagnosis
Several high-profile leftists took to social media to express their glee at the president’s condition, some even going as far as hoping for his death. While some of these individuals were mere activists, others have served in government or are seeking office.
Zara Rahim, a former Obama White House staffer and former national spokeswoman for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign, lashed out at Trump. “It’s been against my moral identity to tweet this for the past four years, but, I hope he dies,” she tweeted. She later deleted the post, but journalist Piers Morgan tweeted a screenshot taken before she removed it.
Washed-up singer Bette Midler also delighted in Trump’s diagnosis, tweeting:
“Gee, woke up this morning to learn Donald and Melania have tested positive for Covid-19. How can a HOAX infect anyone? That’s a new one on me. I’m sure he’s taking the Clorox cocktail, but it’s so unpleasant. Thoughts and prayers.”
Rep. Rashida Tlaib jumped on the opportunity to use Trump’s condition to attack him politically. “He still won’t wear a mask,” she tweeted. “He only cares about himself and his life, NOT those around him or the people he took an oath to protect. Too many lives lost because of his deadly lies.”
Self-proclaimed Civil Rights activist Danielle Muscato also classed up the joint with a comment celebrating the story. She tweeted:
“I’m not one to laugh at other people’s suffering, but….
Burn in hell you mother f*cker”
These are only a few of the vile expressions coming from leftists who are relishing the fact that the president of the United States tested positive for the virus. One user compiled an entire thread with screenshots of tweets expressing similar sentiments.
Are We Surprised?
To anyone who has been following politics for the last four years, this behavior is no surprise. While most people on both sides wouldn’t dream of rejoicing over the president’s situation, there are always far too many on the fringes who are more than willing to soil the nation’s political discourse with their unhinged rancor.
Not only is it bad enough that these people use their voices to spread hate and nastiness, but they are also typically the ones given the microphone, which only amplifies the animosity. However, it seems likely that these folks are the ones who will be disappointed when the president recovers.
Moreover, there can be no doubt that their conduct might backfire, causing moderates who may have considered supporting Biden and other Democrats to reconsider. Either way, it shows that America has a long way to go before it can heal the divide that has formed in our culture.
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