Donald Trump sniffles & wheezes his way through a coronavirus update

United States President Donald J. Trump Attends Policy Luncheons at the Capitol

Today is going to be a coronavirus-heavy day in gossip and news, and I’m sorry. Every morning, I wake up bright and early and scroll Twitter to see what fresh hell has broken overnight. I do that because I feel like the only person (?) who is really trying to “get a lot of sleep” in this Time of COVID, so I’ve been going to bed super-early. Turns out, I missed a lot while I was sleeping. Trump gave an address from the Oval Office wherein he announced a travel ban to and from Europe and the US for the next 30 days. We also know that Trump has been exposed to corona a few different times over the past week, so I’m not finding his heavy breathing, sniffling and lowkey wheezing all that comforting.

Also not comforting? Trump’s European travel ban “sidesteps” his own Trump properties in Europe. Who worries about a global pandemic when the president can make a little money at his Scottish golf resort, eh? As for the global pandemic… yes, WHO has declared COVID-19 a global pandemic now. Enjoy your tax cuts as a response to that, I guess.

Just to underline this point, even though it’s been obvious for the past week – all Trump cares about is how the coronavirus is affecting the stock market and business in general. He couldn’t give a sh-t about the actual Americans who are exposed, who have contradicted coronavirus, or the people who have already died. All he cares about is ramming through a tax cut package. By the way, the DOW tumbled 1500 points yesterday too. Because global pandemics trump bigly tax cuts to billionaires.

Also: the NBA has suspended its season indefinitely. An NBA player has tested positive and they’re not screwing around. Meanwhile, the college kids who aren’t getting paid at all still have to play NCAA March Madness games, there just won’t be anyone in the stands for them.

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  1. Scollins says:

    Ignorant mfkr. Harry is right, trump does have blood on his hands. Not just from the dead immigrant kids.

  2. SomeChick says:

    I can’t say anything nice, so I’m not saying anything at all.

    • Kiki says:

      Same here. I don’t wish anything bad on anyone. I wouldn’t wish anything bad on my worse enemy (and trust and believe… I have a few). However, I have got a feeling that this virus is Karma doing it’s magic. I do hope that people who are exposed or gotten sick from the virua a speedy and healthy recovery.

      Karma is a bitch and 2020 is her year. Treat people with respect as to how you want to be treated.

    • Mac says:

      The House Oversight Committee is currently having a hearing with top officials from CDC. No Republicans showed up. Tens of millions of Americans are represented by lawmakers who don’t give sh-t if they live or die.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        What irresponsible COWARDS!

        McConnell said he is going to wait 12 days to consider the House plan. Such irresponsibility during a crisis.

  3. Alissa says:

    The only solace I have is that he’s always heavy breathing and sniffling through his speeches so it probably means nothing. although there’s a part of me that hopes he gets it, which I realize is not right.

    one of my friends is currently in Spain for his school spring vacation. I wonder what will happen to him?

    • Ocho says:

      The travel ban does not apply to US citizens. So Americans can return to the US. If your friend is a US citizen, his school vacation may be cut short, but he will get back home. Anyone better informed than me, please correct me, of course!

      • Becks1 says:

        It applies to US citizens in that there is enhanced screening, I think. I don’t think any citizen is flat out barred from returning.

      • 10KTurtle says:

        You’re right, Ocho, it only applies to foreign nationals, so how is that supposed to help? And foreign cargo can still arrive, with all the foreign people who bring it here, so… ? And *some* insurance companies have agreed to waive fees for *testing*, but “all” insurance companies have NOT agreed to waive fees for TREATMENT. How does he make so many false statements in one seven minute pre-prepared speech???

      • Christina says:

        My child attends college in Spain. Trump’s speech last night compelled me to purchase a plane ticket that gets her into the United States by Friday. It does mean additional screening. If she comes later, she might have to quarantine at a military base instead of self quarantining at home. She is supposed to start classes that moved online at the end of her Spring break, and that’s harder from a strange place. I spent last night trying to buy a flight and they kept getting purchased as I was frantically trying to purchase them.

        Donald Trump has put many families in a horrible position because of his ignorance and zenophobia. I am angry that her school didn’t evacuate the students abroad in the last two weeks like other school. I am fearful that my child will be detained and not get homes. I pray that her flight doesn’t they delayed in anyway. She doesn’t have time to “get cleared” to enter the country. This is a financial and health difficulty for many people. The president was not clear about what “clearance” means. My kid is supposed to have a final on Friday. Instead, she is fearful and I am calming her down and trying to stay calm. Please don’t downplay the seriousness of this for Americans and people abroad who live in the United States but who aren’t citizens.

        I am not some weirdo helicopter parent who hassles her school and teachers. My kid was raised to advocate for herself, and she tried, and the school just decided to evacuate the school yesterday, just before the Trump administration threw their curveball into our lives. I hate him.

      • (TheOG) jan90067 says:

        Christine, we’re in your shoes. My older nephew is doing Semester Abroad in Berlin, and I’ve been very worried. He actually STILL wanted to go to Croatia for Spring Break! The young feel so invincible.

        We’ve finally been able to get him on a flight out (connecting in London, then here to L.A), arriving Friday night. I’m SO grateful!! NYU finally decided to shut down ALL overseas campuses; don’t know why they didn’t do it sooner.

        I HATE Dump with the passion of a billion suns. And I’ve never hated ANYONE before (strongly disliked, maybe 😏). Dump’s been exposed to Corona several times now (at CPAC, Gaetz, and now at MaL over the weekend). Wonder if all those preservatives in the fast food crap he eats built up an immunity.

      • Nicole r says:

        Us citizens can return but will be quarantined

      • Mac says:

        Trump must think the virus does not impact Americans in Europe.

      • Luv Spaghetti says:

        I have a friend who is a US citizen who was doing a film project in China and he’s stuck there now. They won’t let him return and he’s losing contracts he was already signed on to here in the states bc production has already begun on one of them, plus he has to pay for his hotel, food etc. This job he took and thought would be cool is costing him money at this point.

    • bros says:

      it really tickled my funny bone last night that stephen miller finally got a continent-wide travel ban, but against white europeans rather than mexico or whatever dirty immigrants he thinks live elsewhere. I’m sure that hurt him just a little bit.

      But don’t worry. Jared is on the case!

  4. aquarius64 says:

    The stock markets dropped after Trump’s address. So he was no comfort. Trump only cares that his handling of this outbreak in the US will cost him re-election.

    • Lara says:

      This is selfish of me, but I don’t want to read the transcript or watch his video. Did he admit that covid-19 is legit and not a left-wing conspiracy?

      I just want to know if I need to make a grocery store run soon (clementines are on sale!) before the conspiracy theorist doomsday folks who have been laughing at the virus all flood to the stores and buy 18 gallons of hand sanitizer. I find conspiracy theorists can only think in two modes – complete and unshakable belief in whatever bs they cling to, or complete and unshakable denial of empirical evidence. Which I suppose are the same side of the same two-dimensional coin.

      • SkaraBrae says:

        He said C-19 was a ‘foreign virus’.
        Basically the argument was that it was brought into America by mean foreigners and it was all their fault.

      • Lara says:

        @SkaraBrae – Blame is very constructive. I find that when I blame everything on other people, it makes me immune to all diseases.

      • Mumzy says:

        @Lara—My husband is a hospital-based physician, and is the least reactive person I know (sometimes maddeningly so). When he told me a couple of weeks ago that the warnings needed to be heeded I knew it was time to plan and prepare. His stance is that people should not panic, but to do their best to follow recommended precautions. The goal at this point is to “flatten the curve” of infection rates. This means folks will still get the virus, but if we can slow the steep curve of infection rates that we’ve been seeing, there is less likelihood that our medical resources will be trampled beyond breaking point. Look to Italy as our guide on that—the medical community Is currently having to decide who gets care and who doesn’t because there simply aren’t enough resources for all. Make no mistake that we are in the same situation in terms of limited resources to care for everyone if the infection curve is not flattened and spread over time. I say this not to scare anyone, but to be honest so that people really do their best to follow the recommended guidelines suggested *by professionals* NOT politicians.

    • zooloo12 says:

      I work in the health care industry as a nurse. I was sent home today because i was running a temp. I wasn’t allowed in the building before they took my temp. outside of the facility. I called my teledoc and gave them my symptoms and was ordered antibiotics. I can’t go back to work until I am asymtomatic. I know this is an anti-trump site. I am pretty sure he has been tested many times, tho he won’t say he has. His is in the age class of people at risk. So it would be stupid for him not to be. My facility and all the rest in the country are following the CDC guidelines. As well as schools and so on. Which change every few hours sometimes. We can’t blame trump for the spread of the disease. Of course he wants Americans home asap so they can receive the correct treatment. I hope and pray that the people that have commented on this thread have their family home safe and sound asap. Wash your hands guys and always cover your mouth when you cough. Thankfully, i have sick time and PTO to cover the days I’m missing. I wish the same for you. I made an appointment to see my PCP but she can’t see me until next Thursday :(

  5. margedebarge says:

    I’m willing to take the hit to my karma and say I hope he gets it. After all he’s put people though it would be a bit of poetic justice.

    • tempest prognosticator says:

      I’ll join you.

      • Slacker says:

        I’m with both of you. I don’t care. He will have caused his own death if he got it and died. It’s fitting that he suffer from one of his own bonkers policies and propaganda. He already has blood on his hands with this virus and his refusal to take the appropriate steps to contain it when he should have. This is what happens in a dictatorship, people are not informed properly bc propaganda and the pandemic is allowed much worse.

      • (TheOG) jan90067 says:

        Dump’s been exposed to Corona several times now (at CPAC, Gaetz, and now at MaL over the weekend). Wonder if all those preservatives in the fast food crap he eats built up an immunity.

        I’ll join you on that couch. And I have wine. LOTS of wine (we’re gonna need it).

    • runcmc says:

      I would agree with you but imagine the National panic if our president (well not my president, but you know what I mean) were to die of this virus. He’s elderly and in really poor health by anyone’s metrics so would he be likely to survive? I wouldn’t want to live in the US left after everyone collectively freaks out after that. We’d be living in a dystopian film (even more so than we already are)

      • Onemoretime says:

        We’ve had presidents die in office before. This country will be just fine if that happens. Especially if an incompetent president dies.

      • Arpeggi says:

        Presidents have been assassinated while in office and there were not that much panic, just sadness. Old sniffling dude who shakes hands with anyone, keeps touching his face and denies that covid is a problem dies from covid? I’m sure Americans will get over it and realize that infectious diseases aren’t just a foreign, poor-countries problem

      • runcmc says:

        I mean it would be different if he died of old age.

        If he dies of the virus that everyone is already panicking about? I think the mass panic will increase, and we’ll see people at their absolute worst.

      • (TheOG) jan90067 says:

        We are already living in 2020′s version of “Logan’s Run”.

      • Christin says:

        I read a 2017 article about the Spanish Flu pandemic and how leaders and public officials hid or downplayed it. Our then-president became ill and passed from what may have been the flu he helped downplay (after all, we were at war and needed more soldiers). Officially, he supposedly had a stroke.

        That 2017 Smithsonian mag article made me realize that this is nothing new. Downplay, distract, delay. Oh, and keep a war going.

      • weinua says:

        Thank you. Unfortunately, “purge” movies and “a clockwork orange” flick (1971 dystopian with Malcolm Mcdowell and Patrick Magee) for starters. 😥

    • Betsy says:

      You can say, without dinging one’s sense of right and wrong, that it would be a bit of neat symmetry on the part of the universe if Donnie contracted the very disease he called a hoax, the one he likely could have prevented had he been a decent president and left the pandemics response team and protocols in place and also responded to this crisis back in November when it first started creaking in China.

      I don’t wish anything just because the hellscape version seems to come to pass. But I don’t see how he doesn’t get it.

    • Andrew’s Nemesis says:

      Fingers crossed

    • Nottoday says:

      WHY should we hope that he doesn’t get/have it?? Seriously.

    • fluffybunny says:

      If he dies Pence becomes president. If Pence dies Pelosi becomes President. It could end up being like that show Designated Survivor and Ben Carson ends up as POTUS.

      • Mumzy says:

        At least he graduated from medical school….yep. That’s all I’ve got on that one.

      • Susan says:

        Pelosi only becomes President if Trump and Pence die in rapid succession before Pence has time to nominate his VP.

        I hope Pelosi is staying healthy at this point.

    • Coco says:

      Let him get it, be hooked to a ventilator for a couple weeks, and be visited by three (hundred?) ghosts who show him the many, many errors of his ways. Then he can take actions and attempt to atone for all the horrible things he’s done.
      Honestly, I fear that the cult of personality around Trump is so strong that a large number of people aren’t going to take this as seriously as they should and wash their damn hands unless he gets it.

    • lucy2 says:

      I don’t wish it on anyone, but I’m certainly not going to feel bad for him if he comes down with it. He’s been exposed multiple times.

      I hope, when we get through this, there is a serious change to how things are done.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      I REALLY think that he did a great deal of harm when it called it a “hoax”, and delayed citizens from taking this seriously.

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  6. Onemoretime says:

    He’s an ignorant sociopath. Of course he doesn’t cares about anyone else but his crooked pockets. How dare he rely on “I wanna be a real boy” Kushner to make a final decision on the virus. I hope time is up on this clown show and this head clown get quarantined along with Vice Clown Pence. Let Nancy run the show until a capable administration wins the WH. I’m a firm believer in karma, and Coronavirus is Cheetos karma!

    • Fig says:

      Hahahaha “I wanna be a real boy Kushner”

    • boredblond says:

      And we all know how well kushner handled the other things he was in charge of, like the opioid crisis and middle East peace. It’s one thing for trump to be the ignorant clown we know he is, but to gut the departments that have expertise and refuse to let capable people handle this is a new low.

  7. Oatmeal says:

    I’ll never understand this mindset of feeling bad for wishing evil people come to harm.

    • Honeybeeblues says:

      Ditto. Ask any decent human being if they could go back in time and see to the death of someone, and the answer will typically be Hitler or Stalin. So, agreed. We know the world would look very different had neither of those two monsters risen to power. And those of us with some critical thinking skills can see when things are going to get worse because of one. And the one needs to go by any means necessary. Preferably by voting or law enforcement, but absent that, a virus will do. It may not feel good, but we know the consequences of unchecked power and there is not one damn thing wrong with hoping for and end to a nightmare.

    • Arpeggi says:

      Me neither. I guess that being raised atheist from the start means I have never been forced to feel catholic guilt and I’m cool with that. Bad people need to be stopped, if the Grim Reaper is the one stopping the bad person, then yay Grim Reaper! Elbow high five to they!

  8. Bryn says:

    The NBA player who tested positive was literally joking and touching recorders and microphones two days ago. I wonder how many people he has passed it too

    • Lightpurple says:

      Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz. Every team that played the Utah Jazz in the past two weeks has been ordered to self-quarantine. Then there are all the hotel and restaurant staff they come into contact with.

      • (TheOG) jan90067 says:

        One of his teammates tested positive this morning. More will certainly test positive.

    • bros says:

      did he do that? what an absolute ass-hat. him and Gaetz.

      • Christin says:

        Video was shown on TV this morning and is widely available online. He was mocking the virus with a purposeful swiping of all the reporters’ microphones/devices on the table.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      People can be so terrible sometimes. It was such a horrible thing to mockingly touch the microphones. He deserves all of the scorn that comes his way.

  9. Becks1 says:

    He is so out of his depth here that its astounding, and people will die as a result. And he doesn’t have to be. He just has to let go of his ego a bit and listen to people like Tony Fauci who have experience and can guide him. but he cant do that.

    • Nana says:

      That’s what’s so horrific and tragic – so many people who can least afford health care will pay the price of his madness, self-delusion and belligerence.

  10. Olliesmom says:

    He looked like a hostage being held at gunpoint being forced to read a statement. They must of told him not to use his hands and you could tell that he wanted to because they kept jerking. He also did not blink once.

    • ChillyWilly says:

      I kept waiting for his skin suit to split open and his true demon form to come slithering out. It was painful to watch.

      • Scollins says:

        When it does happen y’all can just tell me about it. Dont make me look.

      • paranormalgirl says:

        All I could picture were the Slitheen from Raxacoricofallapatorius.

      • (TheOG) jan90067 says:

        He read the prompter like a kid who’d just learned to read: flat, fast, monotoned, not pausing for commas or periods… NO stress or inflection at all.

        Anyone notice his right eye was oddly squinted? And all the sniffing?? High as a kite?

      • Dee Kay says:

        OMG amazing thank you for that visual @ChillyWilly.

    • Swack says:

      I couldn’t watch – can’t stand to hear his voice for more than 30 secs. Plus I was pissed that it delayed me being able to watch Lego Masters!

    • Berlin George says:

      He is known to snort Adderal before speeches. That’s what all the sniffing is.

  11. MariaS says:

    This is what happens when an ignorant, incompetent, evil, idiot becomes President. Nothing but chaos, cruelty, horrible decisions, and suffering.

  12. Mamasan says:

    I started giggling, I know I’m awful. My brain just flashed “he has coronavirus” as soon as he started talking.
    If there is one person in this world who should suffer with it, it’s him.

    • Lucky Charm says:

      AND Mitch McConnell. He’s even more deserving of the virus in my opinion. Not that I’m wishing ill on anyone, but….

  13. Lightpurple says:

    The sniffing and wheezing are his “normal.” There was quite a bit more off about him during last night’s speech. His delivery was completely flat. He struggled with reading the words. He clearly didn’t know what he was talking about and wasn’t prepped at all before they sat him in front of the teleprompter. There is something seriously wrong with that man. But not to worry, Jared’s in charge! Instead of, you know, someone who actually passed a high school biology class.

    At this point, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver should be running the country.

    • Scollins says:

      I’m always surprised he can read at all.

    • Ohpioneer says:

      Personally I have believed for quite some time that he is in the early stages of dementia or Alzheimer’s. Last night’s speech delivery did nothing to make me think otherwise.

      • Lightpurple says:

        Or some other form of dementia. Also, possibly Parkinsons. He constantly does the physical freeze/glitch movement that my Dad suffered from before he was diagnosed.

      • Aang says:

        My neighbor is a neural psychologist and back in 2016 she said that he shows many signs of dementia. It’s only gotten worse.

      • Becks1 says:

        Yeah, I think its obvious at this point that something is wrong with him. Sure, he’s racist and corrupt and ignorant and incompetent – but he used to be able to string a few sentences together in a coherent way. he cant do that anymore.

      • Andrea says:

        Did you see his right eye last night? The wheezing was alarming too.

      • fluffybunny says:

        At least when Regan was in office he had Nancy to cover for him when he obviously had dementia. He’s beloved. Trump not so lucky.

    • adastraperaspera says:

      Yes, Trump is seriously ill. Four months ago hospital visit was never explained to the public. Dilated pupils, erratic tics, stumbling, word salads, lack of social connection cues. Oh, and the drugs. Hillary was right when she said he’s a puppet.

    • Truthiness says:

      Holy F*** he looked bad and sounded worse. Why is his right eye almost swollen shut? His delivery was so flat, deflated, energy-less, did he forego his adderalls for health reasons? Also, check out the prominent photos on his desk – his mom and dad presumably and…a photo of himself and Ivanka from when Ivanka was pre-teen? !?! I bet that he feels he was most handsome in that era, and well it shows him with his little princess, the narcissist as usual.

      • Christin says:

        Lack of sleep, plus who knows what?

        I noticed the photo, too. The frame was actually in front of those of his parents. It appeared to be a recognizable public event photo we’ve seen before (not a studio portrait).

  14. Scal says:

    Talk about closing the barn doors after the horse has run out. The virus is already here, canceling some flights is to late. It gives his base something to cling to foreign travel ban! Nothing in that speech was about testing or public health or what to do internally. It was all attacking ‘Europe’ and protecting the economy.

    Also-he got it wrong and DHS has to issue a clarification. US citizens traveling from Europe are exempt. European goods are exempt. It’s only for foreign nationals who have travelled to one zone in the last 14 days. Because you know-good ole’ Americans are immune from this thing 🙄

    • Scal says:

      Not to mention the CSPAN video of when he thought the cameras were off at the end. Oookkkkkaaaayyyy. He HATES having to do anything that looks like work

      • lucy says:

        I could not watch him….can’t stand listening to him. What was the video at the end??? I have heard nothing about.

      • Betsy says:

        I missed that – would you summarize so I don’t have to watch anymore of him by accident?

      • Becks1 says:

        CSPAN didn’t cut off right away. So after the speech is over, he is kind of looking towards the cameras for approval (clearly looking at staff) and then pushes back from the desk and goes “oooooookkkkkkaaaaaay” and then someone comes and takes his microphone off.

      • Scal says:

        yea CSPAN caught him at the beginning freaking out about spilling something, and that awkward camera shot at the end. Just staring into space and then sarcastically saying oooookkkkkaaayyyy. Like he just finished the awful chore he was sent to do.

    • B n A fn says:

      The CSPAN opened miked caught him using the f**k word and asking if someone has the “white stuff”.

      • Badrockandroll says:

        Just like they realized after he delivered the speech that there were at least three big errors in it (seriously: how many presidential addresses to the nation have three retractions within half hour of delivery?), Trump realized after the network broadcast was concluded that he had an ink mark on his shirt during the address. He dropped the f bomb and asked for the white stuff (Tide for his shirt or Adderall for his nerves I do not know.)

      • bros says:

        I think he wanted white out. I want to know where the pen mark was.

      • Erinn says:

        LOL. The white stuff was whiteout, but I immediately thought cocaine haha.

      • weinua says:

        he’s looking for his white stuff, baby; he loves the way it turns him on; he’s looking for his white stuff, baby; the GOPs the reason why this song is sung! 😭

  15. KellyRyan says:

    Golf course in Scotland, money looser seven years in a row. Trump is not a businessman. Who loses money on casinos? He’s bleeding the US to support his failures. Coronavirus? His speeches are nothing more than a diatribe to see what works. He does not look healthy. More weight gain, hiding behind a fat suit. Watch and wait.

    • Lightpurple says:

      We can still fly to his golf course in Scotland. Or his properties in Dubai and India.

    • Allergy says:

      He has failed in everything. He fails every business. He’s the anti-Midas. Even his tan is a failure. Dump, the man who perfected failure. He succeeds in failure! He’s the olympian of failure! Gold medal for failing!
      I could go on.

  16. Joan says:

    This is really showing up the emperor as having no clothes.

  17. 10KTurtle says:

    If only we had tax cuts back in medieval times, then everybody wouldn’t have died of the plague…

  18. Aang says:

    I know a cast member at Disney. The parks continue to be packed with people from all over the world. They won’t close Disney until the mou$e himself gets a fever. I flew domestically twice in the last week. Planes are still full. Trumps ban is nonsensical without more aggressive restrictions. It’s all for show.

    • Coco says:

      A couple weeks ago a friend and I were talking about whether Disney will flinch and pull Mulan. The James Bond film was pushed last week, and now it’s becoming a trend.

    • pinetree13 says:

      They actually just announced they are closing it!

    • H says:

      Disneyworld and Disneyland closed today until end of month.

  19. ME says:

    Ugh I didn’t connect the dots that the countries not impacted by the travel ban were where he had properties. Everything is such garbage.

    • Badrockandroll says:

      It’s not just that – he is trying to favour Boris to get a trade deal post Brexit. He meant to only exclude EU countries and to punish mean old Angela and Macron, but he can’t pronounce Schengen.

  20. original_kellybean says:

    Someone addressed this above but what about citizens that are currently traveling in Europe? Are they somehow immune when they step foot on US soil? He is such a dumbass.

  21. Texas says:

    I pretty much panicked my way through last night. My kid is in Europe for a program and we have not been able to convince her to get herself home ASAP. I thought that she wouldn’t be able to come home now and I freaked. But as an American National she can come home but has to be screened. This is such a scary time. I have elderly relatives that I’m worried about too. And a normally very calm doctor friend, who says that it is a really big deal.

    • bros says:

      Your kid should just stay there. Better off in european health care system than coming here to a private hospital system that is completely ill prepared to deal with what is coming, not to mention the costs.

    • Lizzie says:

      Hey Texas, prayers and good thoughts to you.

  22. Charfromdarock says:

    I really feel bad for average Americans who have this sh!t for brains and his corrupt administration handling this. Well, handling everything these past few years but having no real leadership during a pandemic is disastrous.

    I’ve said this before but it blows my mind that a country as rich is the US doesn’t take care of its own people with a universal health care system. It’s going to make a horrible situation even worse.

  23. MellyMel says:

    I literally said yesterday that I think he already has it and now this! He looks and sounds horrible (more than usual).

  24. Sean says:

    Personally I’m furious this morning. Most of my immediate family are Trump supporters. My older sister shared via text an interview with virus expert Michael Osterholm. He stated things will get much worse in the coming months and the US is vastly underprepared. We were discussing what to do. If there is a catastrophe of any kind, the plan has always been to convene at my parents’ isolated property in northeastern PA.

    Then, my mom texted Trump was addressing the nation from the oval office. My sister noted how unwell he looked and sounded. I shared an article about Trump stating America needs the wall now more than ever but the director of the CDC contradticted Trump saying the virus will not be stopped by a wall.

    My sister, a nurse was shocked Trump would say something so stupid. Then my dad chimed in. Mind you, my father worked as a hospital administrator for over 30 years and oversaw laboratories. He wrote that Trump, not the CDC director was right and the wall was needed because thousands of Chinese immigrants were arrested while attempting to illegally cross the border. He thinks Trump is handling this correctly.

    Good lord am I depressed. I don’t want to bunker down with my Trump loving family.

    • Alarmjaguar says:

      I’m in Central PA, you can come join me here :)

    • Dee Kay says:

      Wait what. Did your dad say thousands of Chinese people are climbing over the wall on the U.S.-Mexico border???

      • Sean says:

        @Dee Kay. Yes, if you Google it, there are stories from Fox, Breitbart and other right-wing media sights about Chinese immigrants being apprehended. It’s insane. I don’t know how to get through to them.

    • fluffybunny says:

      Is you dad suffering from a mental decline? He should be seen by a doctor if he knows so much about the medical system and is spouting this shit.

      • Sean says:

        @FLUFFYBUNNY. No mental decline. He’s just been brainwashed by Fox. Part of me thinks he knows how bad Trump is but doesn’t want to admit that would mean Hillary was the better choice.

  25. Kateeee says:

    It’s wrong but I hope the coronavirus moves on him like a bitch. I won’t take it to the extreme, but he deserves to experience firsthand what his ignorance and apathy have inflicted on others.

  26. Bex says:

    I am so annoyed E Warren is out of the primary. She released plans for handling all of this (and the coming economic fallout) six weeks ago.

    Every single Republican in every single state needs voting out of office. They knew he was unfit and they did nothing.

    Competence/Morality 2020, please.

  27. Alarmjaguar says:

    Honestly, I got scared yesterday. We have absolutely no leadership at the top and this is going to result in many people dying who didn’t have to not to mention a massive disruption of life as we know it. I couldn’t believe his rambling press conference. Call your Congress people to put pressure on this administration – and while you’re on the phone, mention that the Dems just introduced a bill in the House to actually do something to address this public health crisis.

  28. Adrien says:

    Old people are specially vulnerable to Covid-19. So stay safe fellow Celebitchy commenters. 😜😽.
    Seriously though, the USA will still bungle the whole thing even when not under Trump. We don’t have accessible medical care and we are also lagging behind in terms of equipment numbers. The hospital where I work only has 40 ventilators and the isolation beds are almost full capacity even when we haven’t received a patient who has tested positive for covid. This is one of the better hospitals in our state. Also, health workers here are severely underpaid and overworked. I am worried about their health and I cannot imagine when the hospital will reach alert status. So yeah, when this thing is over, appreciate your local nurse and also fight for M4A.

  29. Guest with Cat says:

    I have never seen anyone so orange. My daughter took a look at him and was shocked. He really is Cheeto colored.

    I can’t really bring myself to discuss him any more in depth than that. It’s dire. We can all agree on that.

    We made the mistake of dropping in to see what was being said on Fox. Laura Ingraham was being absolutely stupid about this virus. If you didn’t hear what she said I am not sure I can relate the torrent ignorance she let loose.

    Basically she wouldn’t stop railing against all of the bans on public gatherings and travel. She thought it was completely overkill and needless hysteria. Apparently she has paid absolutely no attention to what has happened in China and Italy. It’s ironic she is disagreeing with Trump and still manages to be wrong on the fundamentals. She does not understand why life can’t continue on as usual and seems to think this all will blow over in a couple of weeks. We were just in shock.

    She thought we should all be “brave Americans” and make sure to attend all the political rallies and not let fear and hysteria keep us “healthy people” from gathering publicly as is our right/running amok and spreading the virus. She made it abundantly clear she isn’t aware that asymptomatic people spread the virus. She also made it clear she doesn’t understand the concept of exponential rates of increase, especially as it pertains to the rate at which this virus has demonstrated it can be spread.

    3 of us were yelling in vain at the TV set. I dont know much about Laura Ingraham, so is she always this empty headed?

    Guest Tulsi Gabbard had to carefully try to guide her to an understanding of the gravity of the situation and even then it went right over her head. Then the grande finale was when Ingraham tossed a vaguely racist reference to China in there and Gabbard just fixed her with a “wtf, lady?” look. My daughter laughed and said she wanted to master that look. Of course that would appeal to a teenager.

    Sigh. Stay well fellow Celebitchies. Take care, all of you. I extend my best wishes for your health and that of your friends and family.

  30. adastraperaspera says:

    Thank you Kaiser, for always publishing posts on the important stuff that isn’t easy to talk about. I live in a state with a governor in denial (TN, Bill Lee), who said a couple days ago that testing wasn’t necessary “until we find a cluster.” So he’s actually going to allow the disease to take hold seriously somewhere before he does anything! It’s outrageous. Testing is the key to handling this. My neighbors and friends are 1) stocking up at least two weeks of food and 2) joining the #canceleverything movement. Some say we are overreacting, but Vanderbilt University just closed so I don’t think so. I believe that sharing information online will help all of us prepare and flatten the curve. Here is the NBC news explanation of #flattenthecurve:

  31. Clarissa says:

    Fábio Wajngarten, brazilian press secretary, tested positive for the coronavirus and he met Trump last weekend. So Trump maybe is infected as well.

  32. Imogene says:

    There is no way Trump’s McDonalds and Diet Coke soaked immune system is fighting off the coronavirus. He’s had like several people around him be diagnosed or have to self quarantine.

  33. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    There’s only one nasty thought going through my mind, and I hope Ms. Karma’s paying attention.

  34. A Guest says:

    Say it with me Celebitchers, outloud…


  35. Sara says:

    You don’t find him possibly being infected comforting? I do. I hope this is the plague God sent to get this evil man off of the earth.

  36. Liz version 700 says:

    There is such irony here. Trump only cares about his beautiful stock market. His only virus proposals are to shore up his beloved market (Screw the people) but she is a feckless lover and every time he reaches for her… she dives off a cliff…

  37. Leah says:

    He’s been exposed to this thing so many times. He actually thinks he’s invincible and it won’t get to him? Right. He fits that age group, his overall health and diet is iffy and he’s shaking hands all over the place. Just a matter of time.

    I’ll be glad when he gets voted out in Nov. Finally the nightmare will be over.

    • E.B. Mann says:

      Oh, my ‘bitches. I fear y’all underestimate the dark powers of this man. He will shake off his liddle case of the sniffles & go on to commit many more atrocities, I assure you.

  38. MinnieMae says:

    I know someone who actively has cold symptoms right now and is still planning to go on a 10 day completely optional beach vacation to a US territory/state tomorrow. They’re getting on a plane exposing everyone else to their sickness because their doctor assured them it was just a common cold (no testing mind you). And we’re in a state that just recently declared a state of emergency. Rich white people are assholes.

    • Dara says:

      I know doctors don’t want people to panic, but the more cases we see, the more they are finding that mild cases do act just like a normal cold. If we can’t get testing ramped up, it might be a good idea to start telling people to assume cold symptoms may actually be Covid-19. I’ve been fighting what I hope is a cold for about a week. I just cancelled a weekend trip to an area that is still virus-free (they think) and my relatives all think I’m ridiculous. They think I’m afraid of traveling and catching the virus – it’s actually the opposite. I’m afraid of traveling and getting someone else sick. I live smack in the middle of one of the worst affected areas. I debated about just going about my life, but I decided I’d rather be labelled the hypochondriac of the family than to accidentally infect my beloved elder family members and possibly kill them.

      • Ali says:

        A friend went to the dr with a fever, aches, chest congestion. The tested for flu came back negative. They told her she had bronchitis and wrote her an antibiotic and sent her home. I imagine that is happening to many many many people across the country.

      • Jen says:

        Dara, you’re absolutely right and if you need to hear someone tell you you’re being responsible, you’re being responsible. Some of our health authorities here are saying the same thing, just not our Chief Medical Officer unfortunately. Any symptoms at all that could possibly be coronavirus, lock down. Because even if it turns out to just be a cold, it would still add to people’s fears to see someone coughing or blowing their nose. Plus this is a chance to make a dent on flu transmission too. You shouldn’t be knowingly passing that on either. This is a chance for cultural change to stop passing ~any~ infectious diseases on, to introduce paid sick leave for all to stop workers going to work sick, to stop people visiting elderly relatives when they have any level of cold or flu etc.

  39. Abby says:

    I hate him with every fiber of my being, and I am wishing things that should not be written down.

  40. Mandy says:

    I can’t bring myself to watch that video. That troll’s face and voice makes me rage.
    I know it’s probably crazy, but still till this very day when I see Trump in action as the President, I STILL THINK to myself…..this must be a joke, this must be a nightmare. Please tell me this is just a bad dream. And now I find myself having to brace for 4 more years of this M*****F****.

    • Berlin George says:

      The absolute worst thing about watching Trump talk is the shape his ugly little mouth makes. That puckered roue, like a fish, gasping and gulping for air. I want to KILL when I see it. Seeing him speak is NOT healthy for me.

  41. Allergy says:

    I bet he has the virus now, after hanging out with people who tested positive. I’m pretty sure.

  42. Jana says:

    IN all my years on earth, I’ve never loathed someone I’ve never met, but I loathe Donald Trump. So if he gets it, so be it. Karma’s a bitch. Maybe next time he’ll listen to the medical professionals who actually know what they’re talking about.

  43. June says:

    Trump’s payroll tax cut package cuts benefits for Medicare.

  44. Christina says:

    It was just announced that Bolsonaro has the virus and Trump met with him on Saturday. So, judging by this information and the clip above, he’s caught it, too.