Last Updated on October 5, 2020
President Donald Trump announced on Twitter Monday afternoon that he would be leaving Walter Reed medical center at 6:30 p.m., just three days after he was admitted on Friday following a positive COVID-19 test diagnosis.
“I will be leaving the great Walter Reed Medical Center today at 6:30 P.M. Feeling really good!” President Trump said. “Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life. We have developed, under the Trump Administration, some really great drugs & knowledge. I feel better than I did 20 years ago!”
The President’s announcement confirmed earlier rumors that he would be released on Monday following reports of Marine One plus it decoy escort taking off in the direction of Walter Reed earlier in the morning.
The statement “Don’t be afraid of Covid” has already become a trending topic on Twitter, as pundits alternatively seethe over and praise the President’s repudiation of COVID-19 hysteria.
News that President Trump is apparently in fine fettle has also dealt a blow to the contingent of left-wing agitators who were eager to celebrate his potential demise.
Malicious statements wishing ill heath on the President became so commonplace that news of tech giant Facebook refusing to take action against such statements so long as the President’s account was not manually tagged went viral over the weekend:
Facebook’s notoriously strict and convoluted hate speech and Community Standards policies will allow users to post hopes, dreams, and wishes that President Donald Trump dies from COVID-19, as long as they don’t make the effort to deliberately search for his Facebook page and manually tag his account.
Section 9 of Facebook’s Community Standards states, “We distinguish between public figures and private individuals because we want to allow discussion, which often includes critical commentary of people who are featured in the news or who have a large public audience. For public figures, we remove attacks that are severe as well as certain attacks where the public figure is directly tagged in the post or comment.”
Facebook’s restrictions on “Calls for death, serious disease, epidemic disease, or disability” only apply to private individuals or public figures who are of minor age, meaning wishing death, serious disease and the other referenced attacks on adult public figures is not considered actionable by Facebook so long as the public figure’s account is not manually tagged in the post or comment.
It is unknown at this time if the President will make any formal remarks about his weekend stay at Walter Reed, or the specifics of his current COVID-19 diagnosis.