Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) joked that President Donald Trump was too tough to get seriously ill from the coronavirus, and was drowned in ridicule.
The Florida Republican cracked a "Chuck Norris facts"-style joke about the president's COVID-19 infection to imply the potentially deadly virus had more to fear from its obese, 74-year-old host than the president did from his infection.
"President Trump won't have to recover from COVID," Gaetz tweeted. "COVID will have to recover from President Trump. #MAGA"
President Trump won't have to recover from COVID. COVID will have to recover from President Trump. #MAGA— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@Rep. Matt Gaetz)1601908527.0
Gaetz, who has publicly mocked public safety measures to protect against infection, was met with swift derision.
@RepMattGaetz You think it's a badge of honor to get Covid & survive? Pls tell that to ur constituents who have los… https://t.co/embYbpBDVH— Iva Rogers (@Iva Rogers)1601909381.0
@RepMattGaetz He’s not Chuck Norris. He’s an obese 74 year old.— Rex Mantlepiece (@Rex Mantlepiece)1601911326.0
@RepMattGaetz He’s not Chuck Norris. Even Chuck Norris isn’t Chuck Norris. Get a fucking grip dude. Hand off the bottle.— Sean PM Dawn (@Sean PM Dawn)1601911348.0
@RepMattGaetz 210,000 dead and this is the response from the gop.— #TagTeamOfDreams Biden+Harris (@#TagTeamOfDreams Biden+Harris)1601910765.0
@RepMattGaetz America will have to recover from Trump, including his tragic mishandling of COVID.— Moshe Swartz (@Moshe Swartz)1601908729.0
@RepMattGaetz It will certainly feel disgusted and ashamed of where it's been.— JRehling (@JRehling)1601908778.0
@RepMattGaetz Covid will need a hot shower and an exorcism.— Col. Bat Guano🇺🇸 (@Col. Bat Guano🇺🇸)1601909305.0
@RepMattGaetz So, Trump is more sickening than COVID. Refreshing honesty, Matt.— The Hoarse Whisperer (@The Hoarse Whisperer)1601909761.0
@RepMattGaetz Everyone he’s come in contact with us at risk. EVERY. ONE. This is a disgraceful tweet but I wouldn… https://t.co/gJlW5h6iyl— BlueBird ✨💖✨ (@BlueBird ✨💖✨)1601909155.0
@RepMattGaetz I'll bet that sounded better in your head.— DAVEPOOL (@DAVEPOOL)1601910775.0