Taylor Ringlet, left, along with her roommate Jessie Cobb, right, and friend Samantha Hoffman react to the news that President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the coronavirus.
Customers at Immaculate Consumption grabbed their favorite coffee Friday as they absorbed the explosive news that President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump tested positive for COVID-19.
Trump tweeted early Friday at 12:54 a.m. that he has contracted COVID-19 along with his wife.
Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 2, 2020
“He wasn’t taking care of himself,” Bill Stacey, a Columbia resident, said. “He wasn’t wearing the mask. He didn’t plan ahead. I think it surprises him that he’s got it too.”
Stacey said he thinks Trump will be able to recover from COVID-19, but is hopeful it will not affect him getting re-elected.
“Trump having it? I didn’t like it,” Stacey said. “I didn’t like his wife having it either.”
First-year business student Jessie Cobb saw the news on a private Snapchat story around 1 a.m. Friday morning.
“I definitely think it is ironic ‘cause he has made such a big deal of this,” Cobb said. “I think the way he handles it is going to affect how his supporters see it.” Cobb wondered aloud if “they somehow miraculously come up with a cure now that he has it.”
Cobb’s roommate, Taylor Ringler, was asleep when the news broke. Ringer, a first-year experimental psychology student, read the news on Instagram.
“I thought it was pretty ironic and a little bit funny,” Ringler said. “I know that sounds kind of bad just because he doesn’t really believe in it. I don’t want him to die or anything.”
First-year political science student Samantha Hoffman had a different initial reaction after seeing the news on Twitter.
“It was honestly really surprising to me at first,” Hoffman said. “I was shocked to see that just because it kind of seems like it hasn’t been affecting very many politicians as much anymore.”
Chauna Charr, a 27-year-old West Columbia resident, said her initial thoughts focused on the people who aren’t convinced the virus is real. She said perhaps they would take it more seriously now that Trump is diagnosed.
“I did laugh,” Charr said. “I got a text from my friend this morning with a Twitter meme that was circulating. I usually read the Skim in the morning so I read that happened and I was just like ‘alright, okay.”‘