Some prominent Donald Trump-haters — including “The Wire” actor Dominic West and a former spokeswoman for Hillary Clinton — are openly rejoicing.
News of the president catching COVID-19 sparked an eruption of activity on social media, with celebrities and ordinary people alike rushing to share their reactions.
Some were pleasant, many were nasty.
West, 50, told Good Morning Britain on Friday that he felt “joy” at the news of Trump’s illness.
Former Democratic Party spokeswoman Zara Rahim, who was a key part of the Clinton campaign in 2016 and has also worked for Barack Obama and Vogue magazine, said in a since-deleted tweet that she “hopes he dies.”
Rahim’s deleted tweet had said, “It’s been against my moral identity to tweet this for the last four years, but I hope he dies.”
She also tweeted a smiling selfie captioned “This f***ing rules.”
Her Twitter feed has now gone private, but that didn’t stop others from critiquing her reaction.
Shock jock Piers Morgan was among those who deemed her response “shocking and shameful”.
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“Well I did slightly leap in the air with joy,” West told GMB, appearing on the show via video link from his home in Wiltshire.
“I think the phrase is ‘What goes around comes around,’” the actor added.
“I just hope it doesn’t interfere with him being elected out of office, that’s all.”
GMB host Kate Garraway, whose own husband, Derek Draper, is battling the virus, tried to give the actor a graceful out.
She asked West if he maybe wished Trump well on a personal level despite feeling it was karmic for the president to catch coronavirus after having downplayed the virus’s threat.
“Well,” West responded, “there’s an element of schadenfreude, I suppose.
“I’m not a fan of his, as you can probably tell, and I just hope [Democratic presidential candidate Joe] Biden stays healthy and gets the presidency as quickly as possible,” he said.
“I think Trump is a catastrophe for America and the world.”
As news of the President’s condition rapidly spread, celebrities like Sophia Bush and Zach Braff happily pointed out the irony of the diagnosis. The actors mocked the President’s repeated attempts to play down the virus, asking if it’s still “a hoax”.
The harsh response was swift and continues today, as the President was removed from the White House and flown via Marine One to Walter Reed Medical Centre.
Some took the opposite approach, wishing the President a speedy recovery and acknowledging the terrible effects of the virus on everyone.
Actress Bette Midler also weighed in, fuelling the conspiracy theory that the diagnosis was less of a shock and more of a prop in the presidential campaign.
And of course, others simply took to social media to mark the occasion with a meme.
Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, tested negative Friday.
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi wished the Trumps a “quick recovery”.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who caught coronavirus earlier this year and suffered from it so severely he was admitted to intensive care, also wished the Trumps well.
Russia wished Mr Trump a “speedy recovery”, just like India and the UK.
“Of course we wish President Trump a speedy and easy recovery,” President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists.
Russian President Vladimir Putin echoed his spokesman’s message and said he was sure the US leader’s “qualities” would help him fight off coronavirus.
“I am convinced that your vitality, good spirits and optimism will help you cope with this dangerous virus,” the Kremlin quoted Mr Putin as saying.
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