Refresh for updates With a mix of sincere best wishes, karma-is-a-bitch snark, stunned disbelief and saw-it-coming hindsight, Hollywood and the Beltway responded quickly to the late-night news of President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump testing positive for COVID-19.
“I am very surprised by the twist ending of ‘2020: Episode 3’ and I don’t see how they will be able to wrap this all up in one more episode,” tweeted actor Sean Gunn.
John Cleese drew some angry responses with his Python-esque sarcasm: “A doctor friend of mine tells me that Covid19 symptoms include delusions of grandeur, compulsive attention-seeking, extreme narcissism…”
In a less humorous mood, Ava DuVernay tweeted, “I hope this changes the discourse around this virus among the people who follow him and don’t give a damn. And in turn, who damn the rest of us. People have lost their lives. Their loved ones. And this man has never taken it seriously. Never shown care, concern. Maybe now. Maybe.”
On the political side, well wishers from Joe Biden and Joe Scarborough to Mike Pence and Mike Huckabee sent hopes and prayers.
Here’s a sampling of the responses. Deadline will update throughout the day…
HOW do you test positive for a Democratic Hoax?
I am baffled by this news. https://t.co/RTxjRaynbJ
— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) October 2, 2020
"I don’t wear masks like him. Every time you see him, he’s got a mask!" – Trump referring to Biden
2 days later: pic.twitter.com/lexSlqgvCN
— Padma Lakshmi (@PadmaLakshmi) October 2, 2020
Does anyone know why @Mike_Pence is running around in circles, throwing little pieces of Wonder bread in the air?
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) October 2, 2020
That’s such a good one.
— Josh Charles (@MrJoshCharles) October 2, 2020
Gee, woke up this morning to learn Donald and Melania have tested positive for Covid-19. How can a HOAX infect anyone? That's a new one on me. I'm sure he's taking the Clorox cocktail, but it's so unpleasant. Thoughts and prayers.
— bettemidler (@BetteMidler) October 2, 2020
Jane and I wish the President and First Lady a full and speedy recovery. The COVID-19 virus is real, it is dangerous and can infect anybody. As a nation we must do all we can to fight this virus and protect the American people.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) October 2, 2020
If you feel glad that Donald and Melania Trump are ill, then you have a sickness, too. And while most recover from Covid, the disease of enjoying the suffering of others is rarely defeated. That disease is called evil.
— Bill O'Reilly (@BillOReilly) October 2, 2020
If you're more offended by jokes than you're offended at Trump mingling w/ppl at Bedminster after he knew he was exposed to Covid, you're probably a Trump supporter.
— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) October 2, 2020
God bless the president and the first lady. If you pray, please pray for their speedy and complete recovery — and for everyone infected, everywhere.
This virus is horrific and merciless — no one would wish its wrath on anyone.
We must get its spread under control. Enough.
— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) October 2, 2020
What’s really terrifying to me right now is that so many people who thought Trump was the fascist scourge of the earth yesterday are praying for him and wishing him a speedy recovery today. Imagine how his supporters and undecided voters are going to react?! Wtf people?!!
— Shadow Person Dave Bautista (@DaveBautista) October 2, 2020
The @realDonaldTrump administration calculated the risks and was ok with “Blue” states suffering more. I’m having a hard time finding compassion for them. I’m trying, but it’s hard
— Mitchell Fink (@themitchellfink) October 2, 2020
The President’s arrogant, cynical, irresponsible denial of the deadly disease he now has is the most devastating self own in human history.
— Bradley Whitford (@BradleyWhitford) October 2, 2020
Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a telegram to Trump: “I am certain that your inherent vitality, good spirits and optimism will help you cope with this dangerous virus.”
Doug and I join Joe Biden and Dr. Biden in wishing President Trump and the First Lady a full and speedy recovery. We’re keeping them and the entire Trump family in our thoughts.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) October 2, 2020
Karen and I send our love and prayers to our dear friends President @realDonaldTrump and @FLOTUS Melania Trump. We join millions across America praying for their full and swift recovery. God bless you President Trump & our wonderful First Lady Melania.
— Mike Pence (@Mike_Pence) October 2, 2020
Very sorry to hear. I'm stunned (but maybe shouldn't be) by the vile, hateful & disgusting comments by those who wish the worst. I will pray full recovery for @realDonaldTrump @FLOTUS & would do same for anyone w/o regard to one's politics or personality. Hate is demonic. https://t.co/2tbLvFazA6
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) October 2, 2020
America stands united.
Our country stands strong.
Your President will continue to put the People first!
— Kayleigh McEnany (@PressSec) October 2, 2020
My best wishes to President Trump and the First Lady. Hope they both have a speedy recovery from coronavirus.
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) October 2, 2020
I hope this changes the discourse around this virus among the people who follow him and don’t give a damn. And in turn, who damn the rest of us. People have lost their lives. Their loved ones. And this man has never taken it seriously. Never shown care, concern. Maybe now. Maybe.
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) October 2, 2020
For someone who wasn’t taking the necessary precautions with masks and social distancing, it wasn’t a question of whether, it was a question of when.
America, please learn from the president’s experience. Please wear masks, and please maintain physical distances in public.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) October 2, 2020
If anything positive can come him testing positive, it would be his followers reevaluating their opinions. If they will now accept a lockdown, social distancing & mandatory mask-wearing, we could crush the virus like we should have from the start. #ButIAlsoBelieveInTheToothFairy https://t.co/uh0Y5FF4A7
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) October 2, 2020
Eager to hear what President Trump's physician will say about his positive testing
Apparently his statement will be dictated to him shortly
A doctor friend of mine tells me that Covid19 symptoms include delusions of grandeur, compulsive attention-seeking, extreme narcissism…
— John Cleese (@JohnCleese) October 2, 2020
…inability to tell fantasy from reality, obsessional thoughts about money, obesity, coarse behaviour, unpredictable outbursts of anger, inflated ego, wandering hands, short attention span, abusive language, compulsive lying, contempt for democracy, and cheating at golf
— John Cleese (@JohnCleese) October 2, 2020
I have one word: Karma.
— Dan Jinks (@JinksDan) October 2, 2020
In this difficult time let's be sure to show @realDonaldTrump the respect he's shown others.
— Danny Zuker (@DannyZuker) October 2, 2020
Wear your mask when with others.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) October 2, 2020
This x 1000 https://t.co/qLhutnsFrn
— George Conway (@gtconway3d) October 2, 2020
He went to a fundraiser with his own supporters without a mask knowing he was exposed. I can’t get over it.
— billy eichner (@billyeichner) October 2, 2020
“It is what it is…” https://t.co/b4Kjtucujy
— Billy Baldwin (@BillyBaldwin) October 2, 2020
I am very surprised by the twist ending of “2020: Episode 3” and I don’t see how they will be able to wrap this all up in one more episode.
— Sean Gunn (@seangunn) October 2, 2020
Our family is praying for the President and First Lady’s health, as well as Hope Hicks and any others who may be infected in the White House. May God provide them comfort, peace, and a speedy recovery.
— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) October 2, 2020
How fake is it now?
— Cary Elwes (@Cary_Elwes) October 2, 2020
This is a National Security Crisis. We have a White House that has little to no credibility in telling the truth. We are in the midst of a deadly pandemic. Who can we trust? The American people can handle the truth.
— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) October 2, 2020
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) October 2, 2020
My thoughts are with President Trump and the First Lady and I wish them a full and speedy recovery.
This virus is vicious and spreads easily.
Wear a mask. Let’s all look out for each other.
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) October 2, 2020
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