Trump is appearing on Tucker Carlson tonight to have a live “medical exam” barely eight days after his COVID-19 diagnosis
Because we live in a whacko nightmare gameshow hellscape, it shouldn’t really surprise anyone that our lunatic president is appearing on a rightwing news network tonight to undergo a live “medical examination” after being diagnosed with COVID-19 barely over a week ago. The whole thing is batshit on its face but takes on a special brand of nutbar when you hear that the “exam” is being administered by a confirmed kook who spread COVID misinformation on TV, and the fact that Trump is still not at the 2-week mark from his diagnosis with the virus, which means that he could absolutely be contagious.
Welcome to the Thunderdome, y’all. Literally nothing is sacred anymore.
The news comes courtesy of Fox (I mean, of course) and oh how I wish I could say this were satire as it has all the trappings of a classic SNL political skit (Lorne, are you listening?) but no, this shit is very, depressingly real. The interview will happen tonight on Tucker Carlson’s show (again, of course) and the exam will be given by Dr. Marc Siegel, who according to Axios, is the dude who “has repeatedly pushed coronavirus misinformation during his appearances on Fox News.” Awesome.
This will be the previously convalescing president’s first on-camera sit-down interview since his diagnosis, and judging by what’s spewed from him already this week during phone interviews with Sean Hannity and Maria Bartiromo, it should be a full-on shitshow.
Yesterday, Trump told Bartiromo that he’s wondering if Gold Star families are to blame for his illness. “They want to hug me and they want to kiss me,” he said. “And they do. And frankly, I’m not telling them to back up.”
I mean, how could it possibly have been the ceremony the day prior held to announce the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court? An event that in the ensuing week, saw several attendees share their own COVID diagnoses, including the First Lady. Nah. Couldn’t be.
He also took aim at Kamala Harris. “She’s a communist. She’s not a socialist, she’s well beyond a socialist,” he said, going on to falsely claim that Harris wants to “open up the borders to allow killers and murderers and rapists to pour into our country.” Oh, he also called her a monster. Twice. Behavior 100 percent typical of the asshole in chief.
But the cherry on top of his crazy sundae was this gem about his recovery from the virus: “I’m back because I am a perfect physical specimen and I’m extremely young. And so I’m lucky in that way.”
It seems that the meds are possibly having undesired effects on the stable genius, as his Twitter account has been a hot mess ever since he got back to the White House on Monday. Just today, the poor dear was apparently confused about who is president right now as he lashed out over House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s mention of using the 25th Amendment to remove him from office. Spoiler alert: it’s not Joe Biden. Yet.
And let’s not forget the bizarro videos of him looking extra tangerine-y where he huffs and puffs his way through a bunch of word salad in an apparent attempt at proving how very healthy he is.
Plus, his insane all-caps Twitter meltdown on Monday while still at the hospital.
All along, the White House and Trump’s physicians haven’t exactly been transparent when it comes to the president’s health, with Dr. Sean Conley giving misleading information during Trump’s stay at Walter Reed Medical Center and dodging questions about the results of his lung scan and when exactly he last tested negative for the virus. Which makes unclear the date when Trump was likely already contagious with the virus.
Siegel said of COVID back in March that “there’s no reason to believe it’s actually more problematic or deadly than influenza” and also promoted the use of hydroxychloroquine, which the FDA has said is ineffective. Can’t wait to see what bullshit he puts out into the universe tonight about our “extremely young” superhero magical king president. I’m sure it will all be scientific AF.
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