- The Washington Times - Monday, October 5, 2020

Left-wing conspiracies made it to the top of Twitter’s trending news feed on Monday with the hashtag #TrumpCovidHoax after good news regarding the president’s recovery.

President Trump’s critics were livid after he announced to the world that he would be leaving Walter Reed Medical Center “feeling really good!”

“I will be leaving the great Walter Reed Medical Center today at 6:30 P.M. Feeling really good! Don’t be afraid of Covid,” he tweeted. “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!”

Critics using the #TrumpCovidHoax said that such a tweet could only come from a man who concocted an election-year conspiracy.

Some responses include:

  • “No one feels better after getting Covid but Trump claims he feels better now than 20 years ago. All he has done is cause #TrumpCovidHoax to become that much more believable.”
  • “This b— was lying #TrumpCovidHoax.”
  • “This is just another one of your con jobs. We all know you weren’t sick, except mentally. #TrumpCovidHoax.”
  • “TrumpCovidHoax Trump’s COVID fiasco was pretty much like everything else in his administration these past 4 years. Lots of talking, grandiose and formidable expectation…and at the end, it all turns out to be just a fart. A little bit of lying, a little bit of victim playing!”

Others cited liberal filmmaker Michael Moore as being correct when he recently offered the conspiracy to fans on Facebook Oct. 2.

“We must always remain skeptical when it comes to Trump,” Mr. Moore wrote. “He may have it. But it’s also possible he’s lying. That’s just a fact. … He’s an evil genius and I raise the possibility of him lying about having COVID-19 to prepare us and counteract his game,” he wrote. “He knows being sick tends to gain one sympathy. He’s not above weaponizing this.”

Conservatives on Twitter have often noted an apparent double standard when it comes to the handling of conspiracies by both social media giants.

Efforts have been made, for instance, in purging accounts and talk by users of the QAnon hashtag, which posits that a powerful network of Marxist elites protect one another from criminal prosecutions — particularly when it comes to human trafficking.

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