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Trump falls victim to the virus: cue snark, schadenfreude—and conspiracy

And all the while, the election clock ticks down

By Diane Roberts  

Photo: Sipa USA/SIPA USA/PA Images

At 12.54 am Friday morning, Eastern time, Donald Trump tweeted “@FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19.” Maybe 30 seconds later, social media was hit by a tsunami of snark, schadenfreude and conspiracy theories.

He’s lying: he doesn’t really have it, he just wants to avoid another debate with Joe Biden.

He doesn’t really have it: he just wants to divert attention from the New York Times’ devastating account of how he pays less income tax than a housekeeper in one of his hotels.

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