Jimmy Kimmel, Sophia Bush And More Celebs React To Trump's COVID-19 Diagnosis

Celeb Reactions To Donald Trump Having COVID-19: Sophia Bush, More
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Oct. 2 2020, Published 9:18 p.m. ET

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President Donald Trump announced that he and his wife, Melania Trump, tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Friday, October 2. 

So, how exactly did the 74-year-old contract the disease in the first place? Well, Trump’s closest aide, Hope Hicks, was traveling on Air Force One this week when she started to fall ill. "Hope Hicks, who has been working so hard without even taking a small break, has just tested positive for COVID-19. Terrible!" the former reality star tweeted on October 1. "The First Lady and I are waiting for our test results. In the meantime, we will begin our quarantine process!"

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A few hours later, Trump revealed he and Melania, 50, would "begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately." 

"We will get through this TOGETHER!" he added. 

Trump is currently experiencing "mild" symptoms and has canceled upcoming events. 

"All previously announced campaign events involving the President’s participation are in the process of being moved to virtual events or are being temporarily postponed," Bill Stepien, his campaign manager, said in a statement. "In addition, previously announced events involving members of the first family are also being temporarily postponed."


During the debate on September 29, Trump continued to downplay the virus, which has killed over 200,000 people in the United States. The businessman said the infectious disease was "going to disappear" one day and “tremendous progress” has been made when it comes to finding a cure, adding that the country is “rounding the corner” in its fight against the disease. 

For months Trump has said COVID-19 is like the flu, and even told people it’s a "hoax." 


Following the news about Trump, celebrities took to Twitter to call out Trump for his lack of leadership during this crucial time. Scroll through the gallery below to see what they had to say.

Aubrey O’Day

Celebrities React to Donald Trump Having Covid-19
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"I really don’t think this is a gimmick to get out of debating Biden," the reality star admitted. "I don’t think his ego would allow him to be the poster child of not wearing masks and then test positive for COVID. I think he got it banging Hope Hicks."

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Sophia Bush

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"Is this still a 'Democrat hoax'? Are you still going to mock people for wearing masks?” the actress asked, in direct response to Trump’s tweet about his positive test. "Are you sorry for lying to the American people for months? I ask these b/c I assume you’ll get the best taxpayer funded gov’t healthcare available and genuinely hope you recover. But you owe us answers."

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Zach Braff

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“But we were told this was just a hoax," the Scrubs alum quipped.

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Whitney Cummings

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"Of course Trump didn’t know he had COVID, he never had taste in the first place," the comedian said. "I don’t get how Melania got it – she’s been social distancing from Trump since they got married."

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Adam Rippon

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“Trump has the HOAX VIRUS, I AM SCREAMING OUT LOUD,” the athlete exclaimed.

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Jimmy Kimmel

"If misinformation was a beauty pageant, @RealDonaldTrump would win every year!" the talk show host joked.

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Mark Hamill

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"If anything positive can come him testing positive, it would be his followers reevaluating their opinions," the Star Wars alum said. "If they will now accept a lockdown, social distancing & mandatory mask-wearing, we could crush the virus like we should have from the start. #ButIAlsoBelieveInTheToothFairy."


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