Within the same hour of news breaking late Thursday into early Friday morning that Trump and the First Lady are positive for coronavirus, The Washington Post tweeted, "Imagine what it will be like to never have to think about Trump again."
The tweet via WaPo's official Twitter account may have been up for as much as an hour, but it's unclear how fast it was deleted, and garnered many angry responses as news of the diagnoses broke, before the Jeff Bezos-owned newspaper deleted it.
A subsequent "correction" and explanation of the now deleted tweet claimed the tweet had been written Thursday, before news of the positive COVID-19 test, and released through an automated program.
The Post admitted it was "tasteless" but stopped short of issuing any level of an apology.
The Post has removed a tweet pictured below, which was written Thursday and released through an automated program, because the subsequent news of President Trump’s infection rendered it tasteless. pic.twitter.com/yVsocNl2MG— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) October 2, 2020
"The Post has removed a tweet pictured below, which was written Thursday and released through an automated program, because the subsequent news of President Trump’s infection rendered it tasteless," the follow-up statement said.
As we detailed earlier, it took a mere minutes following the announcement of the positive coronavirus test for self-styled "journalists" and "politicians" to tweet crude jokes, or even go so far as to claim they were praying for both the president and First Lady to succumb to their infections.
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
No doubt WaPo's theoretical "imagining" of "never" having to "think about Trump again" added official establishment media fuel to the fire.
Jeff Bezos should be ashamed.— Sean Kaye (@skaye) October 2, 2020
Editorial independence is one thing, but when you own something like that it behaves in such a disgusting way, you have an obligation as a decent person to interject.
Jeff Bezos is clearly not a decent person.
The publication has still yet to apologize to President Trump and the First Lady, but we won't hold our breath for this to happen.