The Brief: On Twitter, people shared mixed responses and memes to news that President Trump tested positive for COVID-19.

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In the minutes following President Donald Trump’s tweet that he and First Lady Melania Trump had tested positive for COVID-19, Twitter erupted with reactions, including many memes. While the President’s supporters sent their virtual thoughts and prayers, those who oppose Trump, especially those who see him as a harmful and hateful figure, reveled in the diagnosis through jokes, tweets, and memes.

#TrumpHasCovid Memes

Hashtags and phrases including #TrumpHasCovid, “TRUMP GOT COVID,” “Rona,” Miss Rona,” and “HOAX” started trending on Twitter shortly after Trump announced his positive test results.

More than one person made a connection between real-life and a certain Simpson’s episode:

Did anyone get BINGO yet?

A reference to Trump’s praise of hydroxychloroquine and his address to the white supremacist group known as the Proud Boys:

A nod to Trump’s comments that disinfectants could be used to treat Coronavirus:

As this news circulates, some people are speculating on Twitter that this announcement may be a hoax.

Beyond Twitter, TikTok and other social media platforms are buzzing as people share their emotions and wonder how this might affect the election. Less than an hour after Trump tweeted about testing positive, videos under the hashtag #TrumpHasCovid have been viewed over 539,000 times on TikTok.

@kuromibitches

POG POG POG POG POG #fyp #foryou #amongus #trumphascovid

♬ 주성_jusung – JUSUNG

@bigboibumblebee

you heard that right my comrades. the president of the united states has covid-19 #trump #biden #covid #trump2020 #biden2020 #trumphascovid

♬ original sound – NDJ