Backlash After NYT Implies Trump May Not Remain on Ballot After COVID-19 Diagnosis
Times reporters say Trump should not seek re-election after the diagnosis.
The New York Times faced backlash on Friday after it suggested President Donald Trump may not remain on the ballot following his positive coronavirus diagnosis.
Early Friday morning, Trump announced he and First Lady Melania Trump had tested positive for COVID-19.
Shortly, after Trump's tweet, a White House source said the president and the first lady are “fine” and are in the quarantine process at the White House.
Times reporters Peter Baker and Maggie Haberman wrote that Trump should not seek re-election after the diagnosis.
“If he becomes sick, it could raise questions about whether he should remain on the ballot at all,” they wrote, noting that Trump’s positive test throws “the nation’s leadership into uncertainty.”
NewsBusters managing editor Curtis Houck blasted the paper after the suggestion.
“No big deal. Just The New York Times openly wondering if (read: rooting for) Trump should QUIT the election and thus preemptively concede to Joe Biden,” Houck wrote.
No big deal. Just The New York Times openly wondering if (read: rooting for) Trump should QUIT the election and thus preemptively concede to Joe Biden.— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) October 2, 2020
And yet, the national press don't want to be called the enemy of the people. pic.twitter.com/loY3Id4uG2
“And yet, the national press don't want to be called the enemy of the people.”
Meanwhile, other took to Twitter to blast the Times:
Remain on the ballot at all? WOW— Cable News Watch (@CableNewsWatch) October 2, 2020
No, he will not quit. I think the New York Times rag should close their doors forever. https://t.co/T4wyp3kira— Diane (@joydcarter) October 2, 2020
Stupidity. https://t.co/lgzmQQQjot— CMK (@cmorgank) October 2, 2020
White House Physician Sean Conley announced he expected Trump to continue carrying out presidential duties without any disruption despite testing positive for COVID-19.
In a letter, U.S. Navy Commander Physician Conley wrote:
“Rest assured, I expect the President to continue carrying out his duties without disruption while recovering, and I will keep you updated on any future developments."
If Trump becomes seriously ill, there are constitutional procedures that would allow Vice President Mike Pence to assume power temporarily, just weeks before the November 3 election.