There are hundres and thousands of posts about this but the most prominent among those claiming Trump was faking his coronavirus-positive diagnosis is left-wing activist and documentary film-maker Michael Moore. On his Facebook page on October 2, Moore claimed, “There is one absolute truth about Trump: He is a consistent, absolute, unrelenting, fearless, and professional liar.… Trump has a history of lying about his health… He may have it. But it’s also possible he’s lying. That’s just a fact.”
Moore went on to claim that Trump badly needed to change the conversation after a string of bad press, particular about the president’s tax returns, and may use his illness to “push for delaying/postponing the election” – something which by even Moore’s admission is not possible under the US constitution – or use his illness as an excuse for losing.
Others on Twitter variously claimed the president is faking his diagnosis to “milk quarantine for all it’s worth” to improve his favourability ratings, or avoid facing Joe Biden in another presidential election debate.
From announcing he was declassifying all documents related to probe into his campaign’s ties to Russia to criticising FDA, Trump tweeted or re-tweeted just under 40 times in 2 hours.
Bloomberg: President Donald Trump spent his first full day home from the hospital out of sight, but looked to make up for his absence Tuesday night with a spree of Twitter posts unleashing on some of his favorite targets.
In just a two-hour stretch, Trump announced he was declassifying all documents related to the probe into his campaign’s ties to Russia — a move he subsequently claimed to have already taken — re-tweeted criticism of a premium cable miniseries, predicted the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court would be “fast and easy,” and blasted presidential debate moderator Chris Wallace as “a total JOKE.”
National polls from CNBC, SurveyUSA, and CNN released Tuesday all show Biden holding a double-digit advantage over Trump, while other surveys had the former vice president maintaining or expanding his lead in crucial battlegrounds like North Carolina, Florida, Pennsylvania and Michigan.
Trump added another wrinkle when he announced on Tuesday afternoon – in another string of tweets – that he was ending negotiations over an additional coronavirus stimulus bill. The news sent markets into a swoon and prompted concern among Republicans over the likely political fallout. The benchmark S&P 500 slumped 1.4% after Trump tweeted his comments late in the trading session, erasing a gain of as much as 0.7%.
But on Tuesday night, again on Twitter, he indicated that he was willing to approve aid for airlines and small businesses.
The president is still less than a week removed from his diagnosis for coronavirus, which prompted a three-day hospitalization at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Trump’s doctors said he would continue to receive treatments – including steroids and the antiviral remdesivir – upon returning to the White House.
Trump is battling the virus – which has already killed more than 210,000 Americans – alongside more than two dozen aides and close associates who have tested positive in the past week. Earlier Tuesday night, Stephen Miller – a senior aide and his principal speechwriter – announced he was among those who had contracted the virus.- Bloomberg
If I am sent a Stand Alone Bill for Stimulus Checks ($1,200), they will go out to our great people IMMEDIATELY. I am ready to sign right now. Are you listening Nancy? @MarkMeadows @senatemajldr @kevinomccarthy @SpeakerPelosi @SenSchumer— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 7, 2020
The House & Senate should IMMEDIATELY Approve 25 Billion Dollars for Airline Payroll Support, & 135 Billion Dollars for Paycheck Protection Program for Small Business. Both of these will be fully paid for with unused funds from the Cares Act. Have this money. I will sign now!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 7, 2020
On his first day back in the White House after a three-day stay at a military hospital to treat symptoms of coronavirus, US President Donald Trump launched yet another scathing tirade on Twitter against some of his usual targets in the Democratic Party.
Trump fired off a barrage of tweets and retweets on Tuesday night, a majority of which dealt with the FBI’s probe into his campaign’s links with Russia. The president accused the law enforcement agency of ‘creating’ crimes against his administration, and announced that he was declassifying all documents related to the probe as well as the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server for government emails.
“I have fully authorised the total Declassification of any & all documents pertaining to the single greatest political CRIME in American History, the Russia Hoax,” Trump tweeted. “Likewise, the Hillary Clinton Email Scandal. No redactions!”
I have fully authorized the total Declassification of any & all documents pertaining to the single greatest political CRIME in American History, the Russia Hoax. Likewise, the Hillary Clinton Email Scandal. No redactions! https://t.co/GgnHh9GOiq— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 7, 2020
Hours after halting talks on a new stimulus package to support the coronavirus-ravaged US economy, President Trump also took several potshots at House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who he claimed had not “negotiated in good faith”. Apart from insulting her physical appearance and calling her “crazy”, he accused Pelosi and other senate democrats of “playing games with the desperately needed Workers Stimulus Payments”.
Crazy Nancy Pelosi and the Radical Left Democrats were just playing “games” with the desperately needed Workers Stimulus Payments.They just wanted to take care of Democrat failed, high crime, Cities and States. They were never in it to help the workers, and they never will be!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 6, 2020
Nancy Pelosi is asking for $2.4 Trillion Dollars to bailout poorly run, high crime, Democrat States, money that is in no way related to COVID-19. We made a very generous offer of $1.6 Trillion Dollars and, as usual, she is not negotiating in good faith. I am rejecting their...— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 6, 2020
According to a Bloomberg report, Trump tweeted nearly 40 times between 8 and 10 pm on Tuesday night. His fiery spree of tweets come just as recent polls show Biden logging his biggest lead of the cycle with less than a month to go before election day.
Trump claimed that the upcoming election would be the “most corrupt” in American history. He also attacked Biden for pledging his support for legal abortions during a town hall event on Monday. Trump accused his democratic contender of taking a more liberal position than former presidential candidate “Elizabeth Warren at her highest”.
“Biden and Democrats just clarified the fact that they are fully in favor of (very) LATE TERM ABORTION, right up until the time of birth, and beyond – which would be execution. Biden even endorsed the Governor of Virginia, who stated this clearly for all to hear,” his tweet read.
Biden and Democrats just clarified the fact that they are fully in favor of (very) LATE TERM ABORTION, right up until the time of birth, and beyond - which would be execution. Biden even endorsed the Governor of Virginia, who stated this clearly for all to hear. GET OUT & VOTE!!!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 6, 2020
Wow. Joe Biden just took a more Liberal position on Roe v. Wade than Elizabeth Warren at her highest. He also wants to PACK our great United States Supreme Court. This is what the Dems will do. Remember as they try changing positions before elections end. GET OUT AND VOTE!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 6, 2020
Trump went on to blast Fox News’ Chris Wallace, who had moderated the first presidential debate, calling him a “total joke” for allegedly going easy on Biden.
He also criticised the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) after it released new standards that make it highly unlikely for a coronavirus vaccine to be authorised before the election. He accused the body of conducting a “political hit job” against him.
Yesterday, Facebook deleted a post in which the US President had claimed Covid-19 was “less lethal” than the flu. Twitter also restricted the post, hiding it behind a warning about “misleading and potentially harmful information”.
“Flu season is coming up! Many people every year, sometimes over 100,000, and despite the Vaccine, die from the Flu. Are we going to close down our Country? No, we have learned to live with it, just like we are learning to live with Covid, in most populations far less lethal!!!” his post read.
The US President announced that he and first lady Melania Trump had tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Friday. He was admitted to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center soon after, when he began experiencing mild symptoms.