With as many Trump haters as there are in the world, the disgusting responses thrown the president’s way in the wake of his COVID diagnosis are not surprising. Cortney already detailed some of them and Matt will add plenty more later this morning. What does stand out, however, are the kind words some of his fiercest critics offered after the news broke.
“God bless the president and the first lady,” MSNBC host Rachel Maddow said on Twitter. “If you pray, please pray for their speedy and complete recovery — and for everyone infected, everywhere.”
She continued: “This virus is horrific and merciless — no one would wish its wrath on anyone.”
God bless the president and the first lady. If you pray, please pray for their speedy and complete recovery — and for everyone infected, everywhere.— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) October 2, 2020
This virus is horrific and merciless — no one would wish its wrath on anyone.
We must get its spread under control. Enough.
"We sincerely pray the President & the First Lady do not have the worst of this disease," wrote Jesse Jackson. "We must all pray for the full recovery of the President& his wife.For whatever religious or political persuasion you may be, we must all pray as millions of people are affected by this disease."
We sincerely pray the President& the First Lady do not have the worst of this disease.We must all pray for the full recovery of the President& his wife.For whatever religious or political persuasion you may be, we must all pray as millions of people are affected by this disease.— Rev Jesse Jackson Sr (@RevJJackson) October 2, 2020
Piers Morgan spent a lot of time pointing out the ugly responses from the left but chose the high ground with his own reaction.
Nobody’s been more critical of Trump over covid than me. But I don’t want him or his wife to die from it. Those who do are despicable. https://t.co/Ii72dGJZA3— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) October 2, 2020
Interesting to see those who’ve spent the last few years screaming that Trump’s an uncaring, heartless empathy-devoid b*stard now spewing their gleeful joy that he & his wife have a deadly virus. They’re no better than the man they loathe.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) October 2, 2020
Actress Alyssa Milano, who’s been a vocal Trump critic and attended the president’s impeachment trial as well as the Kavanaugh hearings, said she wouldn’t wish COVID on her “worst enemy.”
As someone who has had #COVID19 and still suffers from post-covid syndrome, I can honestly say with all that I am that I wouldn’t wish this virus on my worst enemy.— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) October 2, 2020
Please wear a mask.
Congresswoman and former Democratic presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard said she and her husband were "praying for their speedy recovery."
My husband Abraham and I offer our best wishes and aloha to President @realDonaldTrump and the First Lady @FLOTUS and praying for their speedy recovery. We also send our best wishes to Ivanka, Tiffany, Donald Trump Jr., Eric, and Barron during this difficult time. #TrumpHasCovid— Tulsi Gabbard ?? (@TulsiGabbard) October 2, 2020
Pete Buttigieg, former Democratic presidential candidate and former South Bend, Indiana mayor, wished the Trumps well.
Wishing President Trump and the First Lady a full and speedy recovery.— Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) October 2, 2020
Dan Shapiro, a former advisor to President Barack Obama and former U.S. ambassador to Israel, wished the two "a complete and speedy recovery."
Wishing President Trump and the First Lady a complete and speedy recovery from their illness. Nothing about this election changes, but our empathy for them, as for all who suffer from this virus, should guide our thoughts, words, and deeds.— Dan Shapiro (@DanielBShapiro) October 2, 2020
News of President Trump and first lady Melania Trump testing positive for COVID-19 came early this morning after adviser Hope Hicks was confirmed to have the virus. According to White House physician Sean Conley, the two were doing "well" but he did not say whether they were symptomatic.
The official memo from the president’s physician, Sean Conley, announcing Trump’s covid-19 diagnosis pic.twitter.com/2wYS0DNDkg— Tom LoBianco (@tomlobianco) October 2, 2020
Trump said he and Melania would immediately begin their quarantine and recovery process. "We will get through this TOGETHER!"