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.

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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.

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.

@aidan.scss

this too funny

♬ sonido original – 🎾 Johny Mercury 🎾

Some videos called on witches to “finish the job” Annabelle failed to do.

@suhxs

witchtok it’s your time to shine 🤩🤩 #trump #biden #covid #trumphascovid #2020 #foryou #fyp #indian #desi

♬ Just answer the question ok – oopsitsfatima

There are also numerous TikToks personifying the virus as Miss Rona. These videos see TikTokers acting out her intentions.

@auserrelly

#ColorCustomizer #CTCVoiceBox #AltRocktober #trumphascovid #trumphascorona #fyp #xyzbca

♬ original sound – That gay girl

Some videos involve bleach, a reference to Trump’s previous statements about curing COVID-19 by injecting a “disinfectant” into the body.

@jeffharryplays

1st meeting with Trump’s doctor since Trump got COVID. #trumpcovid #trump #covid #itiswhatitis #trumphascovid #fyp #foryou #doctor

♬ original sound – Jeff Harry

Other TikTokers created memes around how they think Trump’s friend and foes reacted to the news.

Vice President Mike Pence:

@byedaniel

#trumphascorona

♬ 原聲 – JOY.淺笑 – 烟烟

Trump’s son, Barron:

@nickisfamous1

#trump #coronavirus #corona #trumpcorona #fyp #CTCVoiceBox

♬ anaconda by velomelio – Editor | vs and ae

Presidential Candidate Joe Biden:

@mr.lawes

How the Biden campaign walked into work today #trumphascovid #biden #trumpcovid19 #presidentialelection #hopehicks #trump

♬ original sound – André Lawes