Science and reason be damned.
After a whirlwind 72-hours that saw Donald Trump affirming his diagnosis for the coronavirus, to his incredulous release from Walter Reed Medical Center, his base has yet to withdraw its support even as the future of America weighs in the balance.
From his erratic Kanye West-like hospital tweets to his inappropriate joyride to him ripping off his mask after returning back to the White House, nothing — and we mean nothing — has made a difference in opinions about him. Those who plan to vote for four more years of his antics have only grown louder and reinvigorated, especially on social media.
Speaking from the Truman Balcony at the White House in a video shared on his official Twitter account, Trump warned the American public against letting the coronavirus “dominate,” saying: “Don’t let it take control of your lives.”
He added, “I stood out front, I led,” and even falsely suggested without proof he may be “immune” from the virus.
Instead of muting the president’s frivolous and unfounded claims around the coronavirus, even as he became one of the millions of people across the globe stricken with the infectious disease, his dog-whistling salivated the mouths of his base.
No later than a few hours after Trump’s staged balcony appearance, social media was filled with Trump praise after an undoubted disaster.
CNN anchor Jake Tapper responded to Georgia Sen. Kelly Loeffler, a Trump supporter who shared an edited video of Trump beating the coronavirus in WWE-like fashion.
“COVID stood NO chance against @realDonaldTrump!” she tweeted.
“He’s still infected, his doctors said he’s not out of the woods yet, defeating COVID has nothing to do with ‘toughness’ and to act as if it does is a huge insult to those suffering from it or who have died from it,” Tapper responded mater of factly.
One of the scariest hot takes was tweeted by conservative agitator Ben Shapiro. “You think 2020 has seen its biggest twist? Wait until Trump develops the anti-covid serum using his own antibodies like Will Smith in ‘I Am Legend,’ and then wins 50 states,” he wrote.
Many pointed out to Shapiro that in his new world rendering, the movie saw (spoiler alert) the death of Smith’s character, a doctor who survived a zombie-like apocalypse.
Trump will need more than an invigorated base to win the 2020 presidential election against former Vice President Joe Biden. A new CNN poll among likely voters shows 57 percent back Biden while 41 percent support Trump. The poll was conducted after the first presidential debate last week leading up to Trump’s diagnosis. However, numbers and polls have proven to be unsteady, especially after the 2016 election where similar surveys showed also-ran Hillary Clinton maintaining a consistent lead over Trump.
After returning from the hospital, Trump’s first order of business was to announce he plans to kill movement on a new coronavirus relief package, boasting that he will not take it back up until after he wins the election, NBC News reports. He claims his focus is aimed at confirming Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett to the bench.
Whatever side of the aisle you fall on, it’s clear that Trump intends to bulldoze us all out of the way, even his base, if it means preserving his fame, fortune and foolery.
Notable Black Folks Who Have Contracted The Coronavirus
1. Usain Bolt, Olympic gold medalist
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2. Gil Bailey, radio pioneer2 of 52
3. Keisha Lance Bottoms, Atlanta mayorSource:Getty 3 of 52
4. Herman Cain, former presidential candidateSource:Getty 4 of 52
5. Ben CarsonSource:Getty 5 of 52
6. Rep. Bonnie Watson ColemanSource:Getty 6 of 52
7. Manu DibangoSource:Getty 7 of 52
8. Dennis Dickson8 of 52
9. Kevin DurantSource:Getty 9 of 52
10. Larry Edgeworth
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Prayers to the family of NBC’s Larry Edgeworth 💔🙏🏽 and my former colleagues at 30 Rock. He died after testing positive for #coronavirus. Larry would always offer to help me ...even after I moved to CBS. He just wanted to see another brother win. #IAmMyBrothersKeeper Rest 🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/TyXbiHs30d— DeMarco Morgan (@DeMarcoReports) March 20, 2020
11. Kenneth "Babyface" EdmondsSource:Getty 11 of 52
12. Idris and Sabrina Dhowre Elba
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This morning I tested positive for Covid 19. I feel ok, I have no symptoms so far but have been isolated since I found out about my possible exposure to the virus. Stay home people and be pragmatic. I will keep you updated on how I’m doing 👊🏾👊🏾 No panic. pic.twitter.com/Lg7HVMZglZ— Idris Elba (@idriselba) March 16, 2020
13. Patrick Ewing, basketball legendSource:Getty 13 of 52
14. Ronald Fenty, Rihanna's dadSource:Getty 14 of 52
15. Vivica A. Fox, actressSource:Getty 15 of 52
16. Jimmy Glenn, legendary boxing trainerSource:Getty 16 of 52
17. Rudy Gobert
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18. Louis Gossett Jr., actor, philanthropistSource:Getty 18 of 52
19. Lee Green
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It is with much sadness to inform all in my SJU family that we lost Lee Green to Covid-19 today. A Parade All-American who played 3 years at #SJUBB Lee was our warrior on those teams. A true lock em up defender that relished shutting down the best opponents. RIP Lee🙏🏻 #gone2soon pic.twitter.com/X4TIPbVvoU— Ron Linfonte (@SJU5) March 24, 2020
20. Charles Gregory, Tyler Perry's makeup artrist
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21. Lewis Hamilton, Formula One driverSource:Getty 21 of 52
22. Samuel Hargress Jr., owner of legendary Harlem nightclub
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Thank You for your friendship Sam! 💔#RIP💔 Harlem's Paris Blues Jazz Club has been a celebrated local music joint since 1969, playing live jazz and blues nightly. It's owner and manager, Mr. Samuel Hargress Jr., has been in the club nearly every day for the past 51 years. 💫🔥💫 pic.twitter.com/oSM9Cbzzdb— B Michael (@bmichaelAmerica) April 15, 2020
23. Conan Harris, Rep. Ayanna Pressley's husbandSource:Getty 23 of 52
24. Mike Huckaby, techno music pioneer and DJ
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R.I.P Mike Huckaby. You will forever continue to change so many peoples lives with your music, technique and mentoring. These clips of Huck are from ‘Detroit The Blueprint Of Techno’ 💔 pic.twitter.com/8t8c83Uy2K— Dark Entries Records (@darkentriesrecs) April 25, 2020
25. Callum Hudson-OdoiSource:Getty 25 of 52
26. DL Hughley, comedian26 of 52
27. Ahmed Ismail Hussein, Somali singer, 92
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BREAKING: One of Somalia’s greatest artists has died in London after contracting Corona Virus. Ahmed Ismail Hussein “Hudeydi” known as the “King of Oud” has been in hospital for four days. He was 92. pic.twitter.com/iCii8vYVVv— Harun Maruf (@HarunMaruf) April 8, 2020
28. Wilson Roosevelt Jerman, former White House butler
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Tonight on @fox5dc at 10p -— 𝙎𝙝𝙖𝙬𝙣 𝙔𝙖𝙣𝙘𝙮 (@ShawnYancyTV) May 20, 2020
He served at the pleasure of 11 U.S. Presidents... during his 55 years at the White House.
Last weekend, he passed from COVID-19.
My exclusive interview with the granddaughter of White House butler, Wilson Jerman is next! pic.twitter.com/SBiXbQLiud
29. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson
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30. Brad "Scarface" JordanSource:Getty 30 of 52
31. DeAndre Jordan, NBA starSource:Getty 31 of 52
32. Tim Lester, NFL starSource:Getty 32 of 52
33. James Mahoney, pulmonologist
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Dr. James Mahoney at University Hospital of Brooklyn pic.twitter.com/SXBxNlzApr— Lieutenant Kijé (@BrianLemaire2) May 19, 2020
34. Ellis Marsalis Jr.Source:Getty 34 of 52
35. DeRay McKessonSource:Getty 35 of 52
36. Von MillerSource:Getty 36 of 52
37. Donovan Mitchell
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38. Wisconsin Rep. Rep. Gwen MooreSource:Getty 38 of 52
39. Lloyd Porter, small business owner in Brooklyn
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Devastated to hear Lloyd Porter has pass away from covid19. Lloyd was a pillar in Brooklyn. His coffee shop Breadstuy is where I met some of my closest friends. He sometimes hired people with records that couldn't easily find work. He believed in community. Rest well Brother— Blitz Bazawule (@BlitzAmbassador) May 7, 2020
40. Charley Pride, country music legendSource:Getty 40 of 52
41. Biden Adviser, Rep. Cedric RichmondSource:Getty 41 of 52
42. Arnie Robinson Jr., Olympian
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Arnie Robinson Jr., who won the gold medal in the long jump at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, died on Dec. 2 at his home in San Diego. He was 72. https://t.co/lYnpSbWkzO— NYT Sports (@NYTSports) December 16, 2020
43. Wallace RoneySource:Getty 43 of 52
44. Marcus Smart44 of 52
45. Troy Sneed, gospel singerSource:Getty 45 of 52
46. Oliver "DJ Black N Mild" Stokes Jr.
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New Orleans bounce DJ and radio personality Black N Mild has died after testing positive for coronavirus. For the past 25 years, he also deejayed at countless clubs, parties and other private events across the southeast. pic.twitter.com/2e6mnKhiXQ— Eric Alper 🎧 (@ThatEricAlper) March 21, 2020
47. Carole Sutton, actressSource:Getty 47 of 52
48. Jeffrey "DJ Jazzy Jeff" Townes48 of 52
49. Karl-Anthony Towns, NBA starSource:Getty 49 of 52
50. Karl-Anthony Towns' parents, Jacqueline Cruz and Karl-Anthony Towns Sr.50 of 52
51. Juan Williams, Fox News HostSource:Getty 51 of 52
52. Randall Woodfin, Mayor of Birmingham, AlabamaSource:Getty 52 of 52
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