Trump-Haters Branded 'Despicable' For Wishing Death on President and Melania

Those welcoming President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump's COVID diagnosis have been branded "despicable" after sharing negative messages targeting them on social media.

Trump announced in the early hours of Friday he and Melania had tested positive and would be isolating following this.

World leaders have shared messages of support, while Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said he and wife Jill would be praying for the president and first lady.

Amid this, some who dislike the president have shared messages reveling in him having been infected.

Some suggested Trump's diagnosis made today "the best day" of the year, while others went so far as to suggest they hoped he would die from the virus.

Among those to wish death upon the president was Steve Cox, an Independent candidate running in California's 39th District, who said he hopes Trump and Biden both die.

A former Obama staffer, Zara Rahim, shared and deleted a tweet saying "I hope he dies."

Such messages faced swift condemnation.

"Nobody's been more critical of Trump over covid than me," said British journalist Piers Morgan, who previously spoke of being a friend of Trump but has condemned the president's COVID-19 response.

"But I don't want him or his wife to die from it. Those who do are despicable."

Chad Prather, a comedian who garners hundreds of thousands of views with Conservative-leaning politically-charged YouTube videos, wrote: "Leftists demand that Trump condemn hate but then immediately hope he dies from coronavirus. Astounding."

Prather, speaking to Newsweek, said: "To place politics and political differences above care for your fellow man…regardless of who it may be…isn't just unAmerican, it's inhuman."

Matt Vespa, a senior editor at conservative news website Town Hall, wrote on Twitter: "The liberal reactions to Trump's COVID diagnosis are despicable but expected."

Newsweek has contacted the White House and the Trump campaign for comment on the negative messages directed at the president.

Trump is expected to continue his duties as president, with his physician having suggested he is able to do so at present.

"Rest assured I expect the president to continue carrying out his duties without disruption while recovering," Trump's physician, Sean Conley, said in a statement.

Mark Meadows, White House chief of staff, said the president has "mild symptoms" though described him as being "in good spirits."

"We have a president that is not only on the job he will remain on the job," he said.

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President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump step off Air Force One upon arrival at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport in Cleveland, Ohio on September 29, 2020. The pair have since tested positive for COVID-19. Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images