Here Are a Bunch of Pictures of Donald Trump Taking the Pandemic Seriously

Here Are a Bunch of Pictures of Donald Trump Taking the Pandemic Seriously

U.S. President Donald Trump tosses a cap to supporters as he arrives for a campaign rally at Duluth International Airport in Duluth, Minnesota, on September 30, 2020. - President Trump announced early on October 2, 2020, that he and First Lady Melania Trump would be going into quarantine after they were both found to have contracted the novel coronavirus.
U.S. President Donald Trump tosses a cap to supporters as he arrives for a campaign rally at Duluth International Airport in Duluth, Minnesota, on September 30, 2020. - President Trump announced early on October 2, 2020, that he and First Lady Melania Trump would be going into quarantine after they were both found to have contracted the novel coronavirus.
Photo: MANDEL NGAN / AFP (Getty Images)

It couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy. I’m sure that’s what a lot of people were thinking when President Donald Trump announced on Friday morning that he and his wife, First Lady Melania Trump, had tested positive for covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

No matter your politics, you can’t help but think this was a long time coming. There are only so many times you can tempt fate before fate decides to remind you that you’re human, too.

How could this happen to someone like Trump, you ask? Let’s revisit a bunch of pictures and quotes that obviously show Trump taking the pandemic seriously. You be the judge.

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“It looks like by April, you know in theory, when it gets a little warmer, it miraculously goes away — I hope that’s true.”

“It looks like by April, you know in theory, when it gets a little warmer, it miraculously goes away — I hope that’s true.”

Donald Trump, Feb. 10, 2020

Colorado Governor Jared Polis (C) wears a face mask as U.S. President Donald Trump makes remarks during a meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House, May 13, 2020.
Colorado Governor Jared Polis (C) wears a face mask as U.S. President Donald Trump makes remarks during a meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House, May 13, 2020.
Photo: Doug Mills-Pool (Getty Images)
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“It’s going to disappear. One day, it’s like a miracle, it will disappear.”

“It’s going to disappear. One day, it’s like a miracle, it will disappear.”

Donald Trump, on the coronavirus, Feb. 27, 2020

U.S. President Donald Trump stands on stage with his family after delivering his acceptance speech for the Republican presidential nomination on the South Lawn of the White House August 27, 2020.
U.S. President Donald Trump stands on stage with his family after delivering his acceptance speech for the Republican presidential nomination on the South Lawn of the White House August 27, 2020.
Photo: Chip Somodevilla (Getty Images)
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“I’m on a stage and it’s very far away... And so I’m not at all concerned.”

“I’m on a stage and it’s very far away... And so I’m not at all concerned.”

Donald Trump, on holding campaign rallies during the pandemic, Sept. 13, 2020

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at a rally at Harrisburg International Airport on September 26, 2020 in Middletown, Pennsylvania.
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at a rally at Harrisburg International Airport on September 26, 2020 in Middletown, Pennsylvania.
Photo: Spencer Platt (Getty Images)
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“I don’t take responsibility at all.”

“I don’t take responsibility at all.”

Donald Trump, on the lack of widespread access to testing early on in the coronavirus pandemic, March 13, 2020

U.S. President Donald Trump arrives for a campaign rally at Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport on September 25, 2020 in Newport News, Virginia.
U.S. President Donald Trump arrives for a campaign rally at Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport on September 25, 2020 in Newport News, Virginia.
Photo: Drew Angerer (Getty Images)
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“And then I see the disinfectant, where it knocks it out in a minute. One minute. And is there a way we can do something like that, by injection inside or almost a cleaning.”

“And then I see the disinfectant, where it knocks it out in a minute. One minute. And is there a way we can do something like that, by injection inside or almost a cleaning.”

Donald Trump, April 23, 2020

U.S. President Donald Trump golfs at Trump National Golf Club on August 1, 2020 in Potomac Falls, Virginia.
U.S. President Donald Trump golfs at Trump National Golf Club on August 1, 2020 in Potomac Falls, Virginia.
Photo: Tasos Katopodis (Getty Images)
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“So when we have a lot of cases, I don’t look at that as a bad thing, I look at that as, in a certain respect, as being a good thing because it means our testing is much better.”

“So when we have a lot of cases, I don’t look at that as a bad thing, I look at that as, in a certain respect, as being a good thing because it means our testing is much better.”

Donald Trump, May 19, 2020

U.S. President Donald Trump tours a Honeywell International Inc. factory producing N95 masks during his first trip since widespread COVID-19 related lockdowns went into effect May 5, 2020
U.S. President Donald Trump tours a Honeywell International Inc. factory producing N95 masks during his first trip since widespread COVID-19 related lockdowns went into effect May 5, 2020
Photo: Brendan Smialowski / AFP (Getty Images)
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“When you do testing to that extent, you’re going to find more people, you’re going to find more cases, so I said to my people, ‘Slow the testing down, please.’”

“When you do testing to that extent, you’re going to find more people, you’re going to find more cases, so I said to my people, ‘Slow the testing down, please.’”

Donald Trump, June 20, 2020

U.S. President Donald Trump arrives at a news conference in the James Brady Briefing Room of the White House July 30, 2020.
U.S. President Donald Trump arrives at a news conference in the James Brady Briefing Room of the White House July 30, 2020.
Photo: Alex Wong (Getty Images)
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“Many of those cases are young people that would heal in a day... They have the sniffles, and we put it down as a test.”

“Many of those cases are young people that would heal in a day... They have the sniffles, and we put it down as a test.”

Donald Trump, July 19, 2020

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the Rose Garden at the White House June 5, 2020.
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the Rose Garden at the White House June 5, 2020.
Image: Chip Somodevilla (Getty Images)
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“The deep state, or whoever, over at the FDA is making it very difficult for drug companies to get people in order to test the vaccines and therapeutics. Obviously, they are hoping to delay the answer until after November 3rd...”

“The deep state, or whoever, over at the FDA is making it very difficult for drug companies to get people in order to test the vaccines and therapeutics. Obviously, they are hoping to delay the answer until after November 3rd...”

Donald Trump, Aug. 22, 2020

U.S. President Donald Trump tours an area affected by civil unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin on Sept. 1, 2020
U.S. President Donald Trump tours an area affected by civil unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin on Sept. 1, 2020
Photo: Mandel Ngan / AFP (Getty Images)
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“We’ve done a great job in covid but we don’t get the credit.”

“We’ve done a great job in covid but we don’t get the credit.”

Donald Trump, Aug. 21, 2020

U.S. President Donald Trump awards the Distinguished Flying Cross to pilots and crew members of the California Army National Guard who saved 242 lives from the wildfires on Sept. 14, 2020.
U.S. President Donald Trump awards the Distinguished Flying Cross to pilots and crew members of the California Army National Guard who saved 242 lives from the wildfires on Sept. 14, 2020.
Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP (Getty Images)
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“It goes through air, Bob. That’s always tougher than the touch. You know, the touch, you don’t have to touch things. Right? But the air, you just breathe the air and that’s how it’s passed... And so, that’s a very tricky one.”

“It goes through air, Bob. That’s always tougher than the touch. You know, the touch, you don’t have to touch things. Right? But the air, you just breathe the air and that’s how it’s passed... And so, that’s a very tricky one.”

Donald Trump to veteran journalist Bob Woodward, Feb. 7, 2020

President Donald Trump, 7th U.S. Circuit Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett, and her family walk along the Rose Garden Colonnade after Trump announced Barrett as his nominee for the Supreme Court.
President Donald Trump, 7th U.S. Circuit Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett, and her family walk along the Rose Garden Colonnade after Trump announced Barrett as his nominee for the Supreme Court.
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“I wanted to always play it down. I still like playing it down, because I don’t want to create a panic.”

“I wanted to always play it down. I still like playing it down, because I don’t want to create a panic.”

Donald Trump to Woodward, March 19, 2020

U.S. President Donald Trump holds a face mask as he speaks during the first presidential debate.
U.S. President Donald Trump holds a face mask as he speaks during the first presidential debate.
Photo: Jim Watson / AFP (Getty Images)
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“I don’t wear face masks like [Vice President Joe Biden]. Every time you see him he’s got a mask. He could be speaking 200 feet away and he shows up with the biggest mask I’ve ever seen.”

“I don’t wear face masks like [Vice President Joe Biden]. Every time you see him he’s got a mask. He could be speaking 200 feet away and he shows up with the biggest mask I’ve ever seen.”

Donald Trump, Sept. 29, 2020

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his wife Dr. Jill Biden (L) stand on stage with U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump (R) and moderator Chris Wallace after the first presidential debate
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his wife Dr. Jill Biden (L) stand on stage with U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump (R) and moderator Chris Wallace after the first presidential debate
Photo: Olivier Douliery-Pool (Getty Images)

Correction 10/3/2020, 3:30 p.m. ET: A previous version of this post mistakenly included photos from 2016. We regret the error.

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  1. Here Are a Bunch of Pictures of Donald Trump Taking the Pandemic Seriously
  2. “It looks like by April, you know in theory, when it gets a little warmer, it miraculously goes away — I hope that’s true.”
  3. “It’s going to disappear. One day, it’s like a miracle, it will disappear.”
  4. “I’m on a stage and it’s very far away... And so I’m not at all concerned.”
  5. “I don’t take responsibility at all.”
  6. “And then I see the disinfectant, where it knocks it out in a minute. One minute. And is there a way we can do something like that, by injection inside or almost a cleaning.”
  7. “So when we have a lot of cases, I don’t look at that as a bad thing, I look at that as, in a certain respect, as being a good thing because it means our testing is much better.”
  8. “When you do testing to that extent, you’re going to find more people, you’re going to find more cases, so I said to my people, ‘Slow the testing down, please.’”
  9. “Many of those cases are young people that would heal in a day... They have the sniffles, and we put it down as a test.”
  10. “The deep state, or whoever, over at the FDA is making it very difficult for drug companies to get people in order to test the vaccines and therapeutics. Obviously, they are hoping to delay the answer until after November 3rd...”
  11. “We’ve done a great job in covid but we don’t get the credit.”
  12. “It goes through air, Bob. That’s always tougher than the touch. You know, the touch, you don’t have to touch things. Right? But the air, you just breathe the air and that’s how it’s passed... And so, that’s a very tricky one.”
  13. “I wanted to always play it down. I still like playing it down, because I don’t want to create a panic.”
  14. “I don’t wear face masks like [Vice President Joe Biden]. Every time you see him he’s got a mask. He could be speaking 200 feet away and he shows up with the biggest mask I’ve ever seen.”

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