In what feels like a metaphor for the 2020 election, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows tested positive for coronavirus and reports suggest he has been trying to conceal this knowledge from the public for at least two days.
And social media had a field day with the news.
“Oh good! It sounds like there’s a scene at the end of the movie after the credits,” comedian Mike Drucker joked.
“And he said we’d forget about coronavirus after the election,” New York Times opinion columnist Farhad Manjoo joked, referring to a frequent statement from Trump and his associates that implies Democrats are only pretending to care about the disease.
Bloomberg, which broke the story, said it isn’t clear when Meadows tested positive, only that he informed people who work closely with him shortly after election night; the New York Times said Meadows tested positive on Wednesday. According to Bloomberg, at least four other White House employees have also tested positive in recent days.
Meadows has been one of the most aggressive defenders of Donald Trump’s failed response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has already killed more than 230,000 Americans. For instance, he was recently criticized for telling CNN that “we’re not going to control the pandemic.” And, in early October, he abruptly ended an interview and stormed off after reporters asked him to put on a mask while speaking to them.
All that said, it may not shock many of you reading this to discover that a lot of people on social media made a lot of jokes at Meadows’ expense. And more than one user joked that Meadows is just trying to get out of telling Trump that he was defeated for reelection by Joe Biden.
See some of the more amusing jokes below:
How it started how it ended I’m too tired to even do the meme. https://t.co/hts9uW06MK
— Sabrina Siddiqui (@SabrinaSiddiqui) November 7, 2020
he's probably faking it to get out of telling trump he lost the election https://t.co/WakPhQtE29
— yoyoha (@yoyoha) November 7, 2020
And….. scene. https://t.co/2OcusSq3KA
— Scott Tobias (@scott_tobias) November 7, 2020
The same dude who walked off angrily and refused to address reporters when they asked him to wear a mask as he spoke to them. https://t.co/VyemZpBTy3
— Chris Herring (@Herring_NBA) November 7, 2020
Oh good! It sounds like there’s a scene at the end of the movie after the credits https://t.co/pFdkmXtljK
— Mike Drucker (@MikeDrucker) November 7, 2020
— Selina Kyle (@VulcanSigh) November 7, 2020
Biden Administration: Getting coronavirus briefings.
Trump Administration: Getting coronavirus. https://t.co/IElAAs4Dic
— Dan Fagin (@danfagin) November 7, 2020
I miss the innocent days of last month when coronavirus in the white house was shocking. https://t.co/7jqT39lL28
— Margo Jones (@3DTruth) November 7, 2020
Guess he wasn’t lying when he said, “We are not going to control the pandemic.” Huh https://t.co/8vzRQdLnnp
— 𝙹𝚊𝚢𝚗𝚒𝚎’𝚜 𝙶𝚘𝚝 𝚊 𝙱𝚞𝚗 (@FreeGirlNowNYC) November 7, 2020
His advisors will do anything to get out of telling Trump he lost. https://t.co/AmzlZDnaBq
— tina pittaway (@tinapittaway) November 7, 2020
The season finale to 2020 is gonna be wiiild https://t.co/nhjUwezXAa
— Ramiro Vazquez (@RamDJ_) November 7, 2020
But a few people also noted that Meadows is one of the more than 128,000 people diagnosed with the virus on Friday, a new record for the United States and the third day in a row in which a record number of infections have occurred.