Social media erupted late Thursday night upon the news that President Donald Trump had tested positive for the coronavirus. While he received an outpouring of love from supporters and even respectful condolences from some of his opponents, quite a few on the left had less classy responses.
Some attempted to downplay the disgraceful display of joy at Trump’s illness as a “fringe” reaction, but a poll conducted after the news broke shows that it was more than just the fringe.
In fact, the poll showed that while the overwhelming majority of Republicans were either “sad” or “worried” about the president’s diagnoses, a substantial portion of Democrats described themselves as “happy” or, at best, “indifferent” to the news, Breitbart reported.
“Happy,” “indifferent,” or even “excited”
Those results were part of a quick survey conducted on Friday — after President Trump’s COVID-19 infection had been announced but before he was transported to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center as a precaution — by Politico/Morning Consult.
One question on the survey provided a wide-ranging list of emotions and asked respondents to pick which one best described how they felt about the news that the president has tested positive for the coronavirus.
The top emotions of Republicans included “sad” (55 percent), “worried” (51 percent), “surprised” (48 percent), and “upset” (45 percent).
For Democrat respondents, the top emotions were “indifferent” (41 percent), “happy” (40 percent), “surprised” (37 percent), and “worried” and “frustrated” (32 percent).
Of particular note for Democrats is the fact that 31 percent actually described themselves as being “excited” about the grim news.
Largely unconcerned by Trump’s health
Another poll question asked respondents to rank their level of concern for several important issues, including the health of the president and first lady.
For Democrats, only 39 percent were “very” or “somewhat concerned” about the first lady’s health, compared to 56 percent that were “not too concerned” or “not concerned at all.” Likewise, only 31 percent expressed concern for President Trump’s health while 61 percent had little or no concerns.
Meanwhile, 68 percent of all respondents — 71 percent of Democrats and 67 percent of Republicans — said they wanted to hear President Trump address the nation about his diagnoses and how he is dealing with the viral infection. On Friday evening, the president did just that with a four-minute video filmed in the special Walter Reed executive suite that was then subsequently posted to Twitter. Watch:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 3, 2020