‘We’re all human beings’: Barack Obama sends well wishes to Trumps

Former President Barack Obama has wished President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump a “speedy recovery” from the coronavirus, following the news that both tested positive for the virus late Thursday night.

Obama’s comments came on Friday as he opened a virtual fundraiser for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and running mate Kamala Harris.

Obama remained largely above the political fray and tried to look magnanimous with his statements, but couldn’t resist a subtle dig at Trump’s attempts to get rid of his signature healthcare legislation, widely known as Obamacare, in his statement, later tweeted out to the public.

Obama healthcare dig unfounded

While Trump will symbolically bash political opponents over the head with brash insults that many consider over the line for a president, Obama typically makes underhanded jabs that get his point across less directly.

Ironically, Trump ordered insurance companies early on to cover the costs of COVID-19 testing and treatment so that people worried about costs wouldn’t stay home and not get a treatment that could save their lives if they got a severe case of the virus. The uninsured are also likely to get access to care without paying for it.

Biden has also bashed Trump on the campaign “trail” — usually his basement — for trying to take away people’s healthcare during a global pandemic, even though COVID-19 care should not be a cost for most, even without Obamacare.

Biden stays above the fray

For his part, Biden also wished the Trumps well after their coronavirus diagnosis, tweeting, “Jill and I send our thoughts to President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump for a swift recovery. We will continue to pray for the health and safety of the president and his family.”

He also tweeted, “This cannot be a partisan moment. It must be an American moment. We have to come together as a nation.”

Not all on the left were so magnanimous. In the wake of some social media posts wishing for Trump’s death from the virus, Twitter, Facebook, and TikTok all announced they would ban posts and possibly suspend accounts that wished for Trump’s death after his announcement that he had the coronavirus.

Trump was said to have had a fever and briefly been on supplemental oxygen early Friday, but is now fever-free and has not had oxygen for 24 hours or more.

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