Update (0845ET): It was only a matter of time before somebody pointed out Twitter's hypocrisy as the social media platform has left thousands of tweets wishing death on the president standing.
"Wishing, hoping or calling for serious harm on a person or a group of people" is a major violation of Twitter’s terms of service. Let’s see if @Jack and @Twitter enforce this on all the leftists wishing, hoping and calling for serious harm to President Trump. Here’s their rule. pic.twitter.com/XK4pUDKb0o— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) October 2, 2020
Many are blatant violations of Twitter's terms of service.
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As we mentioned earlier, President Trump's tweet announcing his and First Lady Melania Trump's COVID-19 diagnosis was his most liked, and most shared, tweet ever, according to analytics shared by Axios.
Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 2, 2020
The tweet, which was sent at 12:54 am on Friday, chalked up record tallies while most of America was asleep, meaning it will likely be remembered as Trump's most popular tweet ever. Judging by the reaction in the polls seen when the leaders of Canada and Great Britain came down with COVID-19, a diagnosis actually could help improve Trump's popularity by making him more sympathetic.
Of course, Trump's political opponents are fixated on Trump's distaste for social distancing norms. Though President Trump and Joe Biden notably didn't shake hands at the outset of the debate, Trump defended his decision to continue holding large rallies on the campaign trail, and also mocked Biden for wearing a mask every time he appears on TV. Those clips have been playing in a non-stop loop across cable news.
Self-styled "journalists" and "politicians" tweeted crude jokes, or even went so far as to claim they were praying for both the president and First Lady to succumb to their infections.
This is our "progressive" media folks. Spiteful, vindicative ugly people. I fucking despise them with a passion. They are a cancer within society, with nothing positive to contribute, just snark and the spreading of division for clicks and ratings. https://t.co/96rHzwBL7j— Yuri Bezmenov's Ghost👻 (@HotelLubyanka) October 2, 2020
This REAL political candidate is going to make great decisions for his CA constituents - I’m sure pic.twitter.com/8E2C1Q9zXx— mcm-ct.com (@mcm_ct) October 2, 2020
Hu Xijin, a top mouthpiece for the Communist Party of China, implied that the president deserved to be infected due to his "gamble" to play down the coronavirus, a comment that was first reported by Bob Woodward during the reporting on his book "Rage".
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.— Hu Xijin 胡锡进 (@HuXijin_GT) October 2, 2020
Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer have yet to weigh in, and VP Mike Pence has yet to confirm whether he has been tested since Trump's last test came back positive.
But as the reactions to Trump's condition grow increasingly spiteful and acrimonious, Paul Joseph Watson and Summit News have gathered some of the most egregious comments.
full offense I hope donald trump dies— ☭ alejas tejas ☭ (@AlexisMarieYo) October 2, 2020
I hope trump dies ASAP— BLM (@stargrlintrlde) October 2, 2020
i hope trump dies https://t.co/b77CHHixfz— justem (@justinhintze) October 2, 2020
I guess this means I need to hope harder Trump dies slowly and painfully. https://t.co/ta1i6qd05O— AndrewC (@AndrewC_82) October 2, 2020
I hope you get a mutation of the virus that makes your anus fall off— Cam (@cameron_kasky) October 2, 2020
CNN put the icing on the cake by turning the fearmongering up to "11".
CNN analyst and former Obama official Sam Vinograd says this is the most DANGEROUS TIME EVER in the history of the United States government. pic.twitter.com/7x6ESG2Pmd— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) October 2, 2020
Trump never called the virus itself a "hoax" (though he did suggest the media was overplaying it) and he never said Americans should inject bleach. But both of these 'conspiracy theories' have apparently stuck.
Have you tried injecting Bleach?— Bearlissimo #BlackLivesMatter (@Bearlissimo1) October 2, 2020
I hear the smartest man said it's a good idea? pic.twitter.com/bNLBISROX2
How can you test positive for something that is a Democratic hoax?— 👔Dan Whitfield For Arkansans (@DanWhitCongress) October 2, 2020
Why did you even take a test, as I thought you said that if you don’t get tested you can’t get it?
One ER doc repeated Joe Biden's line blaming Trump for all 200k+ COVID-19 deaths.
I have ZERO sympathy for you or your family. As an ER doc, I've lost 3 colleagues and a 27 y.o. healthy cousin to this virus. You're the reason 207,000 Americans are dead and over 1,200 healthcare workers. You've failed AMERICA. I can't wait to VOTE YOU OUT!!!— Cleavon MD (@Cleavon_MD) October 2, 2020
One Twitter user argued that "the Simpsons" may have predicted Trump's demise.
Still, not every reporter was completely devoid of class. One former Bloomberg scribe tweeted they wished both the president and the First Lady well.
Praying for the President and the First Lady https://t.co/OGmQ7i1MpN— Julie VerHage (@julieverhage) October 2, 2020