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Trump’s ‘fake’ Covid diagnosis: another liberal conspiracy theory

Social media is awash with claims that Donald Trump is either faking his illness or is much sicker than he appears.

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Topics Covid-19 Politics USA

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Paranoid minds have been whirring over Donald Trump’s Covid diagnosis and subsequent treatment.

Left-wing filmmaker Michael Moore has suggested ‘evil genius’ Trump may not in fact have coronavirus at all, but could instead be making it up in order to elicit sympathy from voters.

— MovieMaker Magazine (@moviemakermag) October 2, 2020

Similarly, Star Trek actress Marina Sirtis declared Trump’s Covid diagnosis to be ‘a stunt’, in reaction to an advertisement for commemorative ‘Trump defeats Covid’ coins.

— Marina Sirtis (@Marina_Sirtis) October 4, 2020

Elsewhere, some have claimed that Trump is actually much more ill than is being reported, and that this is being hidden from the public. One theory holds that Trump was using a hidden oxygen tank when he was filmed walking from the White House to his helicopter on his way to the Walter Reed Medical Centre.

And some commentators have made a flimsy case that Trump may have tested positive for coronavirus well before it was announced to the public. Epidemiologist Dr Eric Feigl-Ding suggested it might have happened even before Trump’s debate with Joe Biden.

Trump’s critics like to accuse him of creating a world of post-truth politics. But the desire to find lies and deception in everything he does leads some of them down conspiratorial rabbit holes. Hardline anti-Trumpers seem to have lost all ability to challenge Trump rationally as a political opponent.

They have no idea how mad they sound.

Picture by: Getty.

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Topics Covid-19 Politics USA

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