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People Have Jokes After Trump’s Chief of Staff Mark Meadows Catches Coronavirus

Saturday, November 7, 2020

In what feels like a metaphor for the 2020 election, on Friday it was reported widely that Donald Trump’s chief of Staff Mark Meadows has tested positive for coronavirus and has apparently been trying to conceal this knowledge from the public for at least two days.

Bloomberg, which broke the story, says 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 says Meadows tested positive on Wednesday. According to Bloomberg, at least 4 other White House employees have also tested positive.

Of course, 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 a mask on while speaking to them.

So it won’t shock any of you reading this to discover that on social media, a lot of people made a lot of jokes at Meadows’ expense.

“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.

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. (A thing very likely to be declared officially this weekend.)

See some of the more amusing jokes below:

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.

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