As Trump Battles COVID Infection, President Tweets Over a Dozen Times in Less Than an Hour

President Donald Trump sent a series of tweets on Monday morning offering reasons why he should be re-elected on November 3. Many of his messages were short phrases with calls to “vote.”

© Drew Angerer/Getty Images U.S. President Donald Trump leaves the White House for Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on the South Lawn of the White House on October 2, 2020 in Washington, DC. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have both tested positive for coronavirus. The president tweeted more than a dozen times on Monday.

The president remains in Walter Reed Medical Center following a positive test for COVID-19. Amid uncertainty about his health, Trump tweeted more than a dozen times in the hour before 8 a.m. EST.

The presidential election will take place in 29 days and Trump’s diagnosis is preventing him from campaigning. He’s often used his Twitter account to speak directly to his supporters.

Trump began by quoting Fox & Friends, the Fox News morning show the president is known to watch frequently. He also tagged the show’s official Twitter account before moving on to attacks on Democrats.

His tweets were also posted on Trump’s official Facebook page. The president uses Facebook far less often than Twitter.

“IF YOU WANT A MASSIVE TAX INCREASE, THE BIGGEST IN THE HISTORY OF OUR COUNTRY (AND ONE THAT WILL SHUT OUR ECONOMY AND JOBS DOWN), VOTE DEMOCRAT!!!” he tweeted in all caps.

There is dispute about the claim that former Vice President Joe Biden’s proposed tax increases would be the largest in history. Trump has repeatedly touted his credentials on lowering taxes

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The president then attacked Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, who signed a series of gun control measures in the state on April 10. Northam is a Democrat. Trump accused him of opposing gun rights in general.

“Virginia Voters! Your Governor wants to obliterate your Second Amendment. I have stopped him,” Trump wrote. “I am the only thing between you and your Second Amendment. Working hard in Virginia. It’s IN PLAY. Better Vote for your favorite President, or wave goodbye to low taxes and gun rights!”

Trump went on to send a number of very short tweets encouraging people to vote in the presidential election. “STOCK MARKET HIGHS. VOTE!” he said, followed by “STRONGEST EVER MILITARY. VOTE!”

He went on to tweet phrases like “law & order” and “religious liberty” and “401(k)—themes he’s adopted in the past. The president has previously stressed the positive effect of his economic policies on 401(k) retirement accounts.

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“BIGGEST TAX CUT EVER, AND ANOTHER ONE COMING. VOTE!” Trump wrote, sticking to all caps, before tweeting “SPACE FORCE”, “PRO LIFE”, “BETTER & CHEAPER HEALTHCARE” and “SAVE OUR SECOND AMENDMENT. VOTE!”, among a slew of other campaign topics.

“FIGHT THE CORRUPT FAKE NEWS MEDIA. VOTE!” Trump tweeted, before again referencing the Second Amendment. His final tweet Monday morning drew attention to his 2016 position on “endless wars.”

“PEACE THROUGH STRENGTH (BRING OUR SOLDIERS HOME). VOTE!” he tweeted.

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