The Brief: #TrumpHasCovid TikTok memes began appearing on the app after President Trump revealed he and FLOTUS both tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 1.
As of Oct. 1, President Trump revealed he and FLOTUS both tested positive for COVID-19. Twitter users immediately created memes surrounding his previous statements downplaying the virus.
Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 2, 2020
TikTokers were no different. Within hours, the hashtag #TrumpHasCovid emerged on the platform boasting over 6.1 million views. The associated hashtags #TrumpCovid, #TrumpHasCorona, and #TrumpCorona have garnered another 1.2 million views, 2.1 million views, and 1.3 million views, respectively.
Many TikToks contain screenshots of Gen-Zers leaving what they refer to as “death spells” under Trump’s announcement. The symbols are actually Amharic, one of the official languages of Ethiopia. @Aidan.scss’s video paired those tweets with audio associated from the Brujas Summoning TikTok trend.
this too funny
There are also numerous TikToks personifying the virus as Miss Rona. These videos see TikTokers acting out her intentions.
Some videos involve bleach, a reference to Trump’s previous statements about curing COVID-19 by injecting a “disinfectant” into the body.
Other TikTokers created memes around how they think Trump’s friend and foes reacted to the news.
Vice President Mike Pence:
Trump’s son, Barron:
Presidential Candidate Joe Biden: