The campaign to convince the American people that Donald Trump is strong, virile and unstoppable

Yesterday, in hopes of proving to the American people how healthy the President is, in spite of his recent COVID-19 diagnosis, the White House released two photos of Donald Trump. In the photos, which have been shared widely by Trump’s supporters and family members, the President can be seen hard at work in two different offices within his suite at the Walter Reed military hospital, where he’s been undergoing treatment for the deadly infectious disease. The only problem is, the metadata shows that the two photos just ten minutes apart, suggesting that they were staged to make it look as though the President had been working a full day. And, when you look closely, you can see that Donald Trump isn’t actually working, but just signing his name on a blank piece of paper. I’m not one to invest much time on conspiracy theories, but, given that White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows took members of the press aside yesterday and told them off-the-record that the President’s vital signs were “concerning” and that there was “not a clear path” to a full recovery, it certainly makes one wonder just how bad his condition might really be. [Oh, and there’s also the very real possibility that written statements put out by the President’s physician may have actually been written by members of the administration.]

[For what it’s worth, this kind of response to a health crisis is right out of the Despot 101 handbook. The first inclination of authoritarian regimes is never to be honest with their citizens, but to disseminate “strong like bull” narratives like these, touting the incredible health of their beloved leader.]

I can appreciate why Joe Biden and his team made the call to pull their negative ads once Trump was diagnosed, and not take the opportunity to paint their adversary as weak, frail and incapacitated. I suspect it was not only the morally right thing to do, but also the strategically right thing to do, given the fact that they seem to be leading in key swing states with just 30 days to go until the election. With that said, however, I cannot help but remember how the Trump campaign treated Hillary Clinton in 2016, when she succumbed briefly to pneumonia. Here, for those of you who might not remember, is one of the ads the Trump team put out in 2016, after Clinton was taken ill.

update: Fox News is now acknowledging that the initial comments of the President’s physician were purposefully misleading. They are claiming, however, that there’s nothing unusual about a doctor doing so in order to “lift the spirits” of a patient.

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66 Comments

  1. Judd Legum by proxy
    Posted October 4, 2020 at 9:33 am | Permalink

    Even with Trump in the hospital with a serious case of COVID-19, the Trump campaign is on national TV this morning attacking Biden for “using the mask as a prop.”

  2. Bob
    Posted October 4, 2020 at 9:41 am | Permalink

    There is little doubt that they probably prerecorded a number of pieces to roll out during his hospitalization. TV promos are about his only real skill.

  3. iRobert
    Posted October 4, 2020 at 10:03 am | Permalink

    Trump would be a better president if he were in a coma.

  4. Posted October 4, 2020 at 11:03 am | Permalink

    On the one hand, I totally get the people who are saying that Trump’s illness should not be something folks should use to attack him and also that the schadenfreude is a bad look. On the other hand, I can hardly blame people. As one friend put it, it is normal to wish an abuser to die. Mostly I am kind of where this guy is on it

    https://verysmartbrothas.theroot.com/if-youre-happy-president-trump-tested-positive-for-covi-1845252412

  5. Posted October 4, 2020 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

  6. Posted October 4, 2020 at 1:50 pm | Permalink

    Another interesting thread…

  7. Bob
    Posted October 4, 2020 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

    Dead in a week

  8. Sad
    Posted October 4, 2020 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

    I’m convinced.

    If he can beat Covid he can beat Joe Biden.

    Our woman from Michigan is getting shut down.

    I’m stocking up on food so I can stay inside until next spring.

    Mayor Pete has a new book out. I’ll be reading that.

  9. Anonymous
    Posted October 4, 2020 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

    They edited out a cough from the video which was shot at the same time.

    https://twitter.com/AynRandPaulRyan/status/1312528580836909057?s=20

  10. Posted October 4, 2020 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

  11. Nobody
    Posted October 4, 2020 at 5:03 pm | Permalink

    He is in a fucking limo driving around with the secret service and waving to supporters. I don’t think you can pay me enough to do their job. They are now risking their life not for him but because of him.

  12. Bob
    Posted October 4, 2020 at 5:43 pm | Permalink

    I can’t believe one of those guys hasn’t put a bullet through his stupid head yet

  13. Jean Henry
    Posted October 4, 2020 at 6:07 pm | Permalink

    Apt:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wsije1KetVw

  14. iRobert
    Posted October 5, 2020 at 5:54 am | Permalink

    Hopefully, Trump will be released today, so he can go about his usual behavior. The sooner they can pack Trunpanzees in to rallies, the better. I’m anxious to carpool with HW, EOS and FF to the next one.

  15. Jean Henry
    Posted October 5, 2020 at 8:12 am | Permalink

    Trump says he been ‘to real school’ about COVID. (He didn’t even call it the China virus. He now ‘gets it.’
    This is everything I hoped for HW but even better happening to the president. This turn of events (from which he is very very unlikely to die) may just save other lives and get us off this mass suicide course of mask And social distancing refusal. I suppose it would be too much to ask him to declare strongly that The COVID pandemic is not a hoax and thatBiden didn’t give the virus to him.

  16. Meta
    Posted October 5, 2020 at 9:06 am | Permalink

    Vox: “Is Trump sicker than his doctors are saying? His treatment regimen raises questions.”

    Sunday’s press conference on President Donald Trump’s status as a Covid-19 patient raised just as many new questions as answers, leaving many medical experts concerned that the public still isn’t getting a complete or accurate picture of the commander-in-chief’s health.

    At the briefing at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where the president is being treated, his doctors said Trump is “doing very well” and had improved so much he could be discharged as soon as Monday.

    Yet the optimistic report on the president’s prognosis also came with an admission by his physician, Sean Conley, that Trump had needed supplemental oxygen on Friday and that his blood oxygen saturation had dropped to worrisome levels twice in the past three days. Conley said he’d withheld details about this at Saturday’s press briefing because he wanted to “reflect the upbeat attitude that the team, the president” has had about the course of Trump’s illness.

    The president’s medical team also reported that Trump on Saturday started yet another drug to fight Covid-19: dexamethasone. The steroid has been shown in clinical trials to improve outcomes — but is only recommended for patients with severe or critical Covid-19. It’s also the third Covid-19 drug to be administered to the president, following an experimental monoclonal antibody treatment given Friday and an ongoing, five-day course of the antiviral remdesivir.

    But dexamethasone can also have serious psychiatric side effects, and the decision to use it so early in the president’s infection sparked a new round of speculation about the severity of his illness.

    Vox spoke to five infectious disease and intensive care doctors about the news to try to make sense of it. They said either Trump is sicker than the White House is saying, or his doctors are over-treating their high-risk, 74-year-old VIP patient.

    Read more:
    https://www.vox.com/2020/10/4/21501182/white-house-coronavirus-outbreak-dexamethasone-side-effects-oxygen

  17. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted October 5, 2020 at 9:49 am | Permalink

    ‘Trump says he been ‘to real school’ about COVID. (He didn’t even call it the China virus. He now ‘gets it.’
    This is everything I hoped for HW but even better happening to the president. This turn of events (from which he is very very unlikely to die) may just save other lives and get us off this mass suicide course of mask And social distancing refusal. I suppose it would be too much to ask him to declare strongly that The COVID pandemic is not a hoax and thatBiden didn’t give the virus to him.”

    Pretty sure that’s not what he meant. If you are schooled in covid-19 you understand about the sleight of hand testing procedure.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWtmazKy0Lk

  18. Jean Henry
    Posted October 5, 2020 at 10:30 am | Permalink

    HW— your ability to twist meanings is unparalleled.

    Has it ever occurred to you that Trump may not be sending coded messages?

    The left has the same delusions.

    In general, my impression is Trump means what he says at the moment he says it.

  19. Jean Henry
    Posted October 5, 2020 at 10:34 am | Permalink

    That he lies constantly Simply shows the degree of lens distortion created by his unfettered narcissism and ambition. Constant lying is a symptom of Narcissistic personality disorder. It’s not entirely intentional nor is it easily controlled. The distortions are believed. Much like in your case HW.

  20. Anonymous
    Posted October 5, 2020 at 10:52 am | Permalink

    HW Jr,

    If Trump recovers despite his advanced age and other comorbidities it’s because as President his physicians have immediate access to all treatment modalities regardless of scarcity and cost. I doubt most his older core supporters are in such an advantageous situation. Some of them might even wonder, what about me?

  21. iRobert
    Posted October 5, 2020 at 11:01 am | Permalink

    White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany tweeted Monday that she had tested positive for COVID-19.

  22. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted October 5, 2020 at 11:53 am | Permalink

    No Junior here, friend.

  23. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted October 5, 2020 at 11:54 am | Permalink

    Are you the one who thinks I am Johnny ****?

  24. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted October 5, 2020 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

    None of you have an answer for why 40 and 37 cycles are used in the polymerase chain reaction test. All of the researchers I have found who talk about it including the inventor say at that many cycles you get positives with virtually no viral load/no disease. Not one of you has said one thing to even try to challenge that. I am the one who is “deluded” though according to you. You ought to know by now based on past experience how this is going to play out.

  25. EOS
    Posted October 5, 2020 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    If he gets discharged from the hospital and goes back to work tomorrow, albeit in isolation, will you all concede that he actually is strong, virile, and unstoppable?

  26. Posted October 5, 2020 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

    Only if you will admit that he actually is weak, impotent, and quite stoppable if he either dies or loses the election!

  27. wobblie
    Posted October 5, 2020 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

    HW I responded directly to this point—you do not want false negatives–do you get it dimwit? The Abbot instant test they have been using gives false negatives, that is why you take they very frequently. The false negative reality is what we are seeing playing out in the White House. Do you get it dimwit. You don’t want false negatives. You may have a very low viral load, the Abbot instant test does not catch it today. You are Karin covid giving it to all your buddies for a day or two before you it test positive. The whole problem with asymphtomatic transmission. Do you get it.

    You do not have a clue=–just like your clueless Leader about how to beat this virus. Bunch of murder suicide death cultist.

  28. wobblie
    Posted October 5, 2020 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

    Now that the Governors executive orders are illegal, what are the odds the legislature lifts a finger. 830000 to loose UI benefits–legally now–Whitmer wants to go at least to end of month to give the death cult time to do something. That makes as much sense as the Cleveland Clinic relying upon the “honor” of the Republicans to make sure they were not infected, and would wear masks in the clinic.

    Folks are barely keeping the economy floating now–what a fucking shit show— If you don’t do it our way we will just start killing folks–that is the definition of terrorism.
    Throw everyone who has an R next to their name into the gutter.

  29. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted October 5, 2020 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

    That is the stupidest thing I have read today. 90% of patients with positive results under this regime do not have the disease! But that’s to make sure no one gets a false negative!!!

    How? How can you be so stupid? Hahahaha, it’s so exasperating. I enjoy seeing you paint yourself into a corner though. It is so gratifying to see people who hate truth-tellers get absolutely destroyed by knowledge.

  30. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted October 5, 2020 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

    “You are Karin covid giving it to all your buddies for a day or two before you it test positive. The whole problem with asymphtomatic transmission. Do you get it.”

    This is wrong. At that many cycles you cannot develop the disease and you cannot transmit it. This is what all the experts on PCR who are willing to talk about it have said.

  31. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted October 5, 2020 at 1:57 pm | Permalink

    That is truly pathetic and ignorant to the max, wob. You are painted in as fuck. All of you are. Hillary Clinton came up with Russian collusion and paid to buy it from a Russian spy! Hahahaha!!! What the fuck! How could I be 100% correct over and over on the biggest shit ever and all of you be 100% wrong? If this is chess I’ve got multiple forks on your bitch ass right now and there is nothing you can do.

  32. wobblie
    Posted October 5, 2020 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

    HW you are heading over the cliff with the rest of the lemmings. You have drank the cool aid so deep no turning back now. “Experts” in PCR? PCR is a technique used quite widely in the biological sciences. Saying “expert” in PCR is like saying an “expert” baker. Baking bread and making soufflés use many of the same techniques -but if you have not done one, it makes you a novice soufflés maker.
    You can tell you are coming closer to the edge when the horizon starts stretching out in front of you.

  33. wobblie
    Posted October 5, 2020 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

    A humbling Herman Cain/coronavirus timeline:

    6/24: Attends Trump rally, maskless
    7/2: Tests positive for Covid-19
    7/10: Says he’s improving
    7/15: Says his doctors seem happy
    7/27: Says he’s really getting better
    7/30: Dies

    Sounds like just about every one in the WH now has the virus. Way to go Donny

  34. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted October 5, 2020 at 10:20 pm | Permalink

    Okay, ‘experts’ straight up. My point stands. You said nothing there. To think someone could believe that in order to “not get any false negatives” it would be acceptable to get 90% FALSE POSITIVES and then just let them stand as if they are genuine…It’s tragically asinine. You hold the world back a little bit every time you say something so stupid.

  35. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted October 5, 2020 at 10:24 pm | Permalink

    I think the inventor of the fucking thing has got to be considered an expert. What the fuck are you trying to say? You are just making it up as you go along. Oh, it’s so bad.

  36. iRobert
    Posted October 6, 2020 at 5:12 am | Permalink

    The global pandemic has killed at least 215,039 people in the US… but only 21,503 in HW’s universe.

    Globally, 1,046,624 have died… but only 104,662 in HW’s universe.

    Do I have that right, Doctor Warlord?

  37. wobblie
    Posted October 6, 2020 at 6:19 am | Permalink

    Just discovered this factoid. Dr. Conley is not a medical doctor. He is an osteopath.

  38. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted October 6, 2020 at 9:05 am | Permalink

    You keep doing the same pattern. It’s so ignorant. You have to reconcile your trumpvirus deathcount with 90% false positives.

  39. iRobert
    Posted October 6, 2020 at 9:15 am | Permalink

    So I should that your cowardly way of saying the death tolls are 1/10th of the official numbers?

  40. iRobert
    Posted October 6, 2020 at 9:16 am | Permalink

    Correction:

    So HW Jr., is that your cowardly way of saying the death tolls are 1/10th of the official numbers?

  41. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted October 6, 2020 at 10:13 am | Permalink

    I don’t think it is cowardly to not know exactly what certain information means. I do think it is stupid to to not be able to think logically about information that belies your “beliefs”.

  42. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted October 6, 2020 at 10:18 am | Permalink

    I’m going to go waaaay out on a limb and suggest that if 10% of ‘cases’ represent those who had significant viral loads then that will have a dramatic lowering of the trumpvirus deathcount. Many (most) of the deaths will not be from covid.

  43. iRobert
    Posted October 6, 2020 at 10:28 am | Permalink

    Have you still not learned about how viruses kill people? Viruses trigger a cascade of conditions and/or organ failures, which ultimately causes death.

    Also, very small amounts of virus multiply exponentially in a very short period of time when in a body which is vulnerable due to factors such as a weakened immune system.

    You should do some more research so that you can catch up to where the average person is in their understanding of this topic.

    It’s very funny that you think you’ve uncovered some discrepancy. Do some more reading, and save yourself some humiliation later.

  44. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted October 6, 2020 at 10:34 am | Permalink

    Choose to remain ignorant and lose. At such ridiculous cycle numbers the virus cannot replicate. I have posted several experts including the inventor saying that. You have nothing but weak insults.

  45. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted October 6, 2020 at 10:36 am | Permalink

    If you keep going to 60 cycles every result will be positive. It’s very simple. I don’t know what your big hangup is.

  46. iRobert
    Posted October 6, 2020 at 10:37 am | Permalink

    The majority of people who died from the H1N1 flu in 1918-1919, died from pneumonia.

  47. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted October 6, 2020 at 10:41 am | Permalink

    Too bad these no-lead positive cases cannot lead to that. If they are going to die from pneumonia then they certainly are tested for covid. If they get a 40 cycle positive then it is labeled as a covid death. It’s the simplest thing to understand.

  48. iRobert
    Posted October 6, 2020 at 10:42 am | Permalink

    I’ve asked your Trumpanzee pals to explain to you what you’re not understanding. Neither one of them here will waste their time to try. I hope you don’t take it too personally that they don’t think you’re worth the trouble. Maybe John Barr, Jr. can be invited to the blog to explain it. Or maybe he doesn’t understand it either, by chance.

  49. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted October 6, 2020 at 10:42 am | Permalink

    *no-load positives*

  50. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted October 6, 2020 at 10:47 am | Permalink

    Same pattern. You have no answer so you go to mere sneers and jeers. In a debate you would have lost a long time ago.

  51. iRobert
    Posted October 6, 2020 at 10:50 am | Permalink

    In a debate I would actually take the time necessary to explain. We’re not in a debate. I’m making fun of a deranged guy on a blog. That’s a very different situation.

  52. iRobert
    Posted October 6, 2020 at 10:51 am | Permalink

    If your Trumpanzee pals don’t think you’re worth the time, you can be sure I don’t.

  53. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted October 6, 2020 at 11:01 am | Permalink

    I think to successfully make fun of someone you have have some accuracy. Lefties can’t seem to understand that.

  54. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted October 6, 2020 at 11:03 am | Permalink

    Obviously you feel I it is worth the time to TRY to “make fun” of me every single day so that can’t be it. In reality you don’t have an answer.

  55. Posted October 6, 2020 at 11:08 am | Permalink

    HW, you think YOU have any accuracy with what you say? HAHAHAHA Now *that* is funny!

  56. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted October 6, 2020 at 11:36 am | Permalink

    Be specific and provide a rationale or you are actually made of shit.

  57. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted October 6, 2020 at 11:43 am | Permalink

    You never have any information and when you do you misinterpret it as I have shown many times. To me that is the equivalent of a retarded cheerleader except that I imagine retarded cheerleaders are quite sweet and lovable.

  58. Frosted Flakes
    Posted October 6, 2020 at 11:46 am | Permalink

    “actually made of shit”

    That is taking the saying “full of shit” to its absolute extreme. I wonder if this is the first time somebody has ever said that to someone else? I guess if Lynne is the first person to ever illicit that response then it is a piece of evidence that Lynne *really* is a Cassandra type. I know I never believe anything she says.

    :)

  59. iRobert
    Posted October 6, 2020 at 11:54 am | Permalink

    I took some time to try to explain why dividing lagging death counts by exponentially exploding positive test numbers produced meaningless results. You didn’t seem to catch on, HW. I’m not going through that again. I’m sticking with mocking you until you are inevitably shown to be stupid, as always.

  60. iRobert
    Posted October 6, 2020 at 11:57 am | Permalink

    We usually don’t have to wait long before circumstances prove you wrong. It’s way less work just to wait for that inevitable unfolding. In the mean time it’s fun to make mock you.

  61. iRobert
    Posted October 6, 2020 at 11:57 am | Permalink

    I make mock you.

  62. iRobert
    Posted October 6, 2020 at 11:59 am | Permalink

    Everyone here has become very lazy since you showed up, HW. Nobody sees any point in making any effort. You stumble on the simplest things. Even your Trunpanzee pals have given up. Now they just pretend they don’t see what you’re saying. It’s funny really.

  63. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted October 6, 2020 at 12:03 pm | Permalink

    Then why take the time to harass me every day? If you had answers it would take hardly any time at all.

    I can count many many times I have made you shut your collective ass up. Do you think you have any of those against me? Regarding what exactly?

  64. iRobert
    Posted October 6, 2020 at 7:08 pm | Permalink

    It doesn’t take much time to make fun of you, and it’s not the annoying, disappointing, experience of trying to explain something to you.

    I can go on and on explaining how tens of thousands of sealed indictments could not possibly be anything but a means of threatening people to stay in lockstep. Even after making the point, you wouldn’t get it. You’re a cultist. There is no swaying you with reason.

    Making fun of you is easy and far more satisfying.

  65. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted October 6, 2020 at 8:31 pm | Permalink

    But you do it many times every day. It’s way more time than stating a fact or just admitting you do not know what you are talking about and have been making it all up with nothing to support it.

  66. Hyborian Warlord
    Posted October 6, 2020 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

    Declas is here, bitch. It’s happening just like I said it would.

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