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Twitter Reacts To Melania Trump Voting With No Mask After Contracting COVID-19: ‘Disrespectful’

KEY POINTS

  • Melania Trump did not wear a face mask when she voted in person in Palm Beach, Florida
  • Twitter users criticized Trump for stepping out without a mask despite having contracted COVID-19
  • Some netizens came to Trump’s defense and said the first lady was no longer contagious

Melania Trump has been criticized on Twitter after ditching her face mask when she went to the polls to cast her ballot on Tuesday.

Trump voted in person in Palm Beach, Florida, sporting an outfit that reportedly cost $22,000 but didn’t include a face covering. This didn’t sit well with some netizens, who said that the 50-year-old first lady didn’t learn her lesson after testing positive for COVID-19 last month.

“She doesn’t really care. Especially since she has already had C-19.  No one else matters to her,” one wrote.

“Irresponsible leadership – she needs a good fine.  Take back some of the tax payer money she spends,” another  Twitter user posted.

“Did not even learn one bit on what happened to his husband catching the CCP virus,” a third netizen commented.

Others, however, came to Trump’s defense, claiming that there was no need for her to wear a mask because she is no longer contagious. Some said they had no problem with her ditching a face covering since she is unlikely to come in contact with people.

“She’s surrounded by secret service and won’t get within hundreds of feet from anyone!! She’s the First Lady, no one can go near her. She doesn’t need a mask!” a Twitter user wrote.

“Why would someone who just had the virus, has antibodies, and is no longer contagious wear a mask?” another tweeted.

“Well she did have COVID, so currently unlikely to get infected or be infectious…” a third netizen wrote.

Some pointed out that Trump could be susceptible to getting infected again even after testing negative for the coronavirus.

“Having COVID already doesn’t stop you from being infectious again. If she came in contact with the virus again, is asymptomatic, or simply carrying it, she could infect others,” one Twitter user argued.

President Donald Trump announced via Twitter on Oct. 2 that he and Melania had tested positive for COVID-19 and would be going into quarantine.

Two weeks later, Melania penned an essay for the White House website about her battle with coronavirus, revealing that their 14-year-old son, Barron, also tested positive. Unlike the president and Barron, however, Melania said she exhibited symptoms of COVID-19, including body aches, fatigue, a cough and headaches.

All three have since tested negative for COVID-19.

In a rare public statement, US first lady Melania Trump said the allegations about her husband published by The Atlantic magazine -- that he called fallen US Marines "losers" and "suckers" -- were false In a rare public statement, US first lady Melania Trump said the allegations about her husband published by The Atlantic magazine — that he called fallen US Marines “losers” and “suckers” — were false Photo: AFP / SAUL LOEB

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Melania Trump misleads on Trump’s record in joint campaign stop

The first lady told Florida rallygoers at her first campaign event with her husband in 2020 that “health care for every citizen remains a priority for him, and as you have seen over these past years, he won’t stop until he gets it done.”

But in reality, Trump has made repealing the Affordable Care Act a cornerstone of his candidacy and presidency, pledging back in 2016 that he would undo the law that not only gave millions of Americans access to health insurance, but also provided protections for those with pre-existing conditions and entitled people to receive free preventive health care services.

The Trump administration is currently fighting in court to strike down the ACA and has yet to release a comprehensive health care plan to replace it.
If the court wipes away Obamacare, it would have a sweeping impact on the nation’s health care system and on the lives of tens of millions of Americans — not only for the roughly 20 million people who’ve gained coverage on the Affordable Care Act exchanges and through the expansion of Medicaid to low-income adults. The law is also what allows parents to keep their children on their health insurance plans until age 26 and obtain free mammograms, cholesterol checks and birth control.
One of its most popular provisions is its strong protections for those with pre-existing conditions, including barring insurers from denying coverage or charging higher premiums based on people’s health histories. As part of what he touted as his larger health care “vision,” the President signed an executive order in September stating that it’s US policy that people who suffer from pre-existing conditions will be protected. But that protection likely won’t mean much if there’s no legislation passed by Congress ready to replace the ACA if it’s overturned. The law also serves as a safety net for those who lose their job-based health coverage, as millions have this year amid pandemic-fueled layoffs.
And despite the first lady’s assertion that “health care for every citizen,” her husband has been largely critical of universal health care plans.

In her swing state pitch less than a week before Election Day, the first lady focused largely on the President’s accomplishments from his first term and echoing some of her husband’s campaign themes.

“For those of you still deciding who to vote for on Tuesday, I hope what I have to say will prove to you that a vote for President Trump is a vote for a better America,” the first lady said.

She also criticized those who are playing politics with a coronavirus vaccine, but her remarks were delivered to a crowd of supporters where social distancing was not observed and masks were largely not worn.

“A vaccine is not a partisan issue. If you are not supporting the safe production of a vaccine, you’re not supporting the health and safety of the American people,” she said. “There is no room to play politics on this topic in the midst of [a] pandemic.”

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Melania Trump talks Covid diagnosis in solo campaign event

Melania Trump made her first solo appearance of the campaign Tuesday in Pennsylvania, where she touted her “Be Best” anti-bullying campaign before charging that Joe Biden would “destroy America” as president.

The first lady opened her remarks, which came as her husband has been trying to woo back suburban women, by referring to her family’s battle with the coronavirus this month.

“We are all feeling so much better now thanks to healthy living and some of the amazing therapeutic options available in our country — thank you again for your well wishes!” she told group of about 200 mostly masked supporters in a barn in Atglen.

The rally Tuesday was the first lady’s first in more than a year. She was supposed to make a campaign appearance in Pennsylvania last week but it was postponed because of a “lingering cough” from the virus that also infected her husband and their son Barron.

Mrs. Trump offered a much softer message on the virus than the president, who has dismissed its threat at recent campaign appearances, repeatedly insisting that the U.S. is “rounding the turn” on the pandemic.

“I know there are many people who have lost loved ones or know people who have been forever impacted by this silent enemy — my family’s thoughts and prayers are with all of you through this difficult time,” she said, calling for unity in combatting the virus.

“I believe in our incredible doctors, nurses, medical professionals and scientists,” Mrs. Trump said. She also urged Americans to “remember to follow CDC guidelines so that together we can minimize the spread of the virus until a vaccine can be developed” — even though her husband has routinely flouted those guidelines with his campaign rallies and fundraisers.

Trump also praised her husband’s tweeting — but not his tweets.

“For the first time in history, the citizens of this country get to hear directly and instantly from their president every single day through social media. I don’t always agree the way he says things, but it is important to him that he speaks directly to the people he serves,” Trump said.

She also promoted her “Be Best” anti-cyberbullying initiative and the “language of love” before taking a page from her husband’s playbook and ripping Biden’s “socialist” policies, the media’s focus on “idle gossip,” and Democrats’ “sham impeachment.”

“Joe Biden’s policies and socialist agenda will only serve to destroy America and all that has been built in the past four years. We must keep Donald in the White House so he can finish what he’s started and our country can continue to flourish,” she said.

Mrs. Trump told the crowd it’s been “the greatest honor and privilege to serve as first lady of this amazing country,” and urged them “to get out and vote on Nov. 3.”

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Melania Trump Cancels Campaign Rally Attendance Due To ‘Lingering Cough’ After COVID-19 Diagnosis

KEY POINTS

  • Melania Trump will not join President Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Pennsylvania
  • The FLOTUS canceled her attendance due to a lingering cough
  • Donald and Melania tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this month

Melania Trump was supposed to join a campaign event for President Donald Trump in Pennsylvania, but the first lady decided to cancel her attendance due to a lingering cough.

The POTUS announced earlier this month that he and his wife tested positive for coronavirus. However, the president immediately recovered and has since returned to attending rallies. Melania’s attendance in Pennsylvania would have been her first public appearance after recovering from COVID-19 and her first appearance in more than a year since June 2019. However, she changed her mind and decided to just skip the event due to a lingering cough.

“Mrs. Trump continues to feel better every day following her recovery from COVID-19, but with a lingering cough, and out of an abundance of caution, she will not be traveling today,” Melania’s spokesperson, Stephanie Grisham, was quoted by Business Insider as saying Tuesday.

While Melania decided to just stay at home, her stepchildren have no qualms about making public appearances. Ivanka Trump will appear in Michigan, Wisconsin, North Carolina and Florida. Eric Trump and his wife will visit New Hampshire, Michigan, Nevada and Arizona. Meanwhile, Donald Trump Jr. will be traveling to North Carolina and Pennsylvania.

Last week, Melania got candid about her coronavirus experience when she wrote an essay about it. According to her, when she found out that she was COVID-19 positive, she immediately thought of their son, Barron. The 14-year-old initially tested negative but also contracted the virus after a few days.

“To our great relief he tested negative, but again, as so many parents have thought over the past several months, I couldn’t help but think ‘what about tomorrow or the next day?’ My fear came true when he was tested again and it came up positive,” she wrote.

“Luckily he is a strong teenager and exhibited no symptoms,” Melania continued before adding that her son has since tested negative.

The POTUS spent a couple of days at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after his COVID-19 diagnosis. Trump said he didn’t experience any symptoms.

Unlike Trump, Melania had body aches, cough and headaches. She was also extremely tired most of the time. But the FLOTUS has already recovered and is only taking caution due to her lingering cough that’s why she is skipping the campaign event in Pennsylvania.

In a rare public statement, US first lady Melania Trump said the allegations about her husband published by The Atlantic magazine -- that he called fallen US Marines "losers" and "suckers" -- were false In a rare public statement, US first lady Melania Trump said the allegations about her husband published by The Atlantic magazine — that he called fallen US Marines “losers” and “suckers” — were false Photo: AFP / SAUL LOEB

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Melania Trump cancels campaign trip due to ‘lingering cough’

Oct. 20 (UPI) — First lady Melania Trump canceled plans to attend a campaign rally for President Donald Trump on Tuesday due to a “lingering cough” from her bout of COVID-19, her chief of staff said.

Stephanie Grisham said the first lady is still recovering from her illness, nearly three weeks after her diagnosis.

“Mrs. Trump continues to feel better every day following her recovery from COVID-19, but with a lingering cough, and out of an abundance of caution, she will not be traveling today,” Grisham said.

The event in Erie, Pa., Tuesday night would have been the first lady’s first campaign event since the president’s White House speech as part of the Republican National Convention in August.

Melania Trump said last week she tested negative for the novel coronavirus after experiencing a “roller coaster” of symptoms, including body aches, cough, headache and fatigue. She said she chose a “more natural route” for her treatment, focusing on taking vitamins and eating healthy foods.

She also said the couple’s son, Barron Trump, tested positive for the virus, but has since tested negative.

The president, meanwhile, was hospitalized at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., for three days after experiencing some breathing troubles brought on by COVID-19. Doctors treated him with an experimental antibody cocktail by Regeneron and remdesivir, an antiviral originally created to treat the Ebola virus.

Donald Trump is expected to give remarks at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Erie International Airport before returning to the White House.

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White House Deputy Press Secretary Brian Morgenstern speaks to members of the White House press corps about the status of President Donald Trump’s health as he recovers from coronavirus outside of the West Wing of the White House on Wednesday. Photo by Sarah Silbiger/UPI | License Photo

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Melania Trump says son Barron also had COVID-19 [Video]

In a personal post on the White House website, first lady Melania Trump for the first time shared details of her illness from COVID-19 and revealed that — in addition to her and President Donald Trump – their 14-year-old son, Barron, also tested positive for the virus but exhibited no symptoms.

Trump kept his comment’s brief on his sons health on his way to a rally in Iowa.

TRUMP: “Barron’s fine.”

Melania Trump said Barron initially tested negative but then was positive, calling him a “strong teenager” who exhibited no symptoms. He has since tested negative.

She also said her symptoms were “minimal,” writing: “I experienced body aches, a cough and headaches, and felt extremely tired most of the time.”

Her husband, meanwhile, spent three nights in a military hospital. He underwent several treatments, one of which is used in the most extreme COVID cases.

Mrs. Trump says she opted for vitamins and healthy food.

The first lady said in “one way” she was glad the three went through the ordeal at the same time so they could take care of one another and spend time together.

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In a personal post on the White House website, First Lady Melania Trump, for the first time, shared details of her illness from COVID-19 and revealed that in addition to her and President Trump, their 14-year-old son, Barron, also tested positive for the virus, but exhibited no symptoms. President Trump kept his comments brief on his son’s health on his way to a rally in Iowa.

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DONALD TRUMP: Barron’s fine.

Melania Trump said Barron initially tested negative but was then positive, calling him a strong teenager who exhibited no symptoms. He has since tested negative. She also said her symptoms were minimal, writing, “I experienced body aches, a cough, and headaches, and felt extremely tired most of the time.”

Her husband, meanwhile, spent three nights in the military hospital. He underwent several treatments, one of which is used in the most extreme COVID cases. Mrs. Trump says she opted for vitamins and healthy food.

The First Lady said, in one, way she was glad the three went through the ordeal at the same time so they could take care of one another and spend time together.

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