Hagerty reacts to Trump testing positive for COVID-19, Blackburn to get checked

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Bill Hagerty speaks at Nashville event on Dec. 3, 2019. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Bill Hagerty issued the following statement following the announcement early Friday that President Donald Trump had tested positive for COVID-19:

“My family and I join Americans across the country in praying for President Trump, the First Lady and the Trump family and wish them a speedy recovery. President Trump and First Lady Trump are in the hands of the best medical doctors in America, and we are most optimistic that they will fully recover from the virus. I have seen President Trump’s work-ethic firsthand, and I know he will continue to carry out his duties while quarantining. The entire country stands united behind President Trump and First Lady Trump during this time, and we look forward to their full recovery soon.”

— Bill Hagerty

Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Brentwood) said she will get a COVID test after travelling to the debate with the president.

Update: Blackburn says the test came back negative.

18 Responses to Hagerty reacts to Trump testing positive for COVID-19, Blackburn to get checked

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    Beatrice Shaw says:

    oh the irony.

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      Norma says:

      I agree!

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      Eddie White says:

      Beatrice, you are correct. While the Biden/Harris team has overplayed the wearing of masks in my opinion, the Trump team has underplayed. While Biden has stood almost alone speaking in empty and needlessly wearing a mask, Trump and his team have been reckless in not wearing masks . Joe Biden has indicated he will issue a national mask mandate when he is elected. Biden is on his way to an apparent comfortable win, and I would expect some movement on the mask issue early in his administration.

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    MARLE says:

    On every TV station, regardless of political leaning, they have published the White House Guidelines regarding exposure to a person who has Covid. You are at risk IF

    1) you were within 6 feet of that person

    2) you spent more than 15 in contact with that person.

    It doesn’t say anything about either of those 2 things being minimized or irrelevant IF you or the Covid person were wearing a mask. Obviously it suggests that being farther than 6ft or spending fewer than 15 minutes puts you are far less risk. And it also suggests that a mask makes no difference in your risk. It doesn’t mention masks at all……unless CNN, Fox, Cnbc or every other outlet simply forgot to display the paragraph that mentions masks.

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      Taxpayer #314 says:

      Marle, Taxpayer 314 here. I posted an apology to you on the TNJ article “TN abortion law blocked” that I would like you to see. I post it here so that you will not miss it. I stand corrected.

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    Perry Aubric says:

    Hey, Trumpsters. Still think it’s a hoax? That it’s no different than the flu? That it will just go away in warm weather? That masks are unnecessary (I see he wore one going to Walter Reed)? That Biden should have been mocked for wearing a mask? Ya think he’ll ask for a Clorox IV?

    Idiot Trump. Idiot cultist followers. Idiots.

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      Eddie White says:

      Perry, I would suggest you to a clue from your candidate and show some class.

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      Stuart I. Anderson says:

      In order of appearance:

      1. I never heard any reputable individual say that the Chinese Flu is a hoax. Reference please.
      2. For those under the age of 50 even get symptoms it is no different than a bad case of the flu once you get it except it’s apparently much more contagious. For those over the age of 70 and certainly 80 it is very dangerous which has been known from almost the outset.
      3. This is a new virus that struck in the winter/spring. With a new virus people are allowed to speculate as to its behavior. Monday quarterbacks criticizing reasonable speculations are a bore.
      4. The masks are unnecessary in many instances, People wearing one driving alone in their car, in almost all settings outside where people are more than six feet away from each other, shopping in a large store with a handful of customers then using the self-checkout, candidates addressing a handful of people from a podium, etc. etc.
      5. Biden is the candidate referred to in #4 who was an appropriate subject of ridicule wearing an oversized mask while alone on a podium addressing a virtually empty hall or a handful of specially chosen friendly media who were severely restricted as to the questions they could ask the bumbling would-be President.
      6. Trump is a salesman who thinks out loud who says stupid things. Biden is a demented old man with a frightening leftist shrew of a running mate chomping at the bit to take his place. Put me and the vast majority here in Tennessee and most surrounding states down for Trump.

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        Paul says:

        If Donald Trump is not reputable, concur; try Google Stuart. Otherwise reference his comments about “this is their latest hoax”. Geez. The conservative party has been yukking it up about this for months. Revisionist history anyone?

        Seriously, conservatives care nothing about who dies if they are old.

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          Stuart I. Anderson says:

          Closer than normal Paul, but still not quite. Trump loves to adlib on the podium during campaign rallies because the Trumpidians love it when he does but like all adlibs sometimes the thoughts are a little difficult to analyze. Last February at a rally in South Carolina Trump analogized Democratic criticism of his response to the Chinese flu to their efforts to impeach him saying “. . .this is their new hoax” while downplaying the severity of the virus. Trump always called the basis of his impeachment because of his alleged relationship with Russia and/or the Ukraine “a hoax.” What he did in South Carolina was analagize that “hoax” with Democrat criticism of his handling of the virus. The rabidly anit-Trump media, however, interpreted all of this as Trump saying that the virus itself was a hoax which became another liberal urban myth about Trump which you and your friend Perry simply ate up as the good liberals that you are.

          It would be so much better Paul if you kept your mind operating when you see campaign nonsense from your Democratic friends so you won’t look so foolish. For example, morality aside, why would “. . .conservatives care nothing about who dies if they are old” when knowledgable followers of politics know that “the old” are a demographic that votes heavily Republican. Why would anyone make such a stupid, baseless, unconscionable allegation? Paul, if you insist on being a liberal, at least you can be a bit more sophisticated in choosing the liberal talking points you repeat.

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            MARLE says:

            The big problem with Trump and his hoax statements is that it shows he doesn’t know what a hoax is. A criticism is NOT a hoax.

            If you close the country’s front door by stopping travel to China (while exempting 40K entrants from China) and then you leave the back door wide open allowing for another 6 weeks travel to Italy and France ( major fashion design centers with all production business in China) then You should be Criticized for bragging about being effective in shutting down the virus.

            “Criticism” is not interchangeable, by definition, with the word “hoax”,

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            Stuart I. Anderson says:

            Trump’s tenuous command of the English language with his Ivy League degree isn’t the point of this exchange. From the context of the statement it was clear what Trump was talking about. Perry and Paul, good liberals that they are, simply bought the liberal talking point about Trump declaring the Chinese flu a hoax which is an urban myth just like Trump allegedly saying both violent white supremasists and those peacefully demonstrating for Lee’s statue’s removal in Charlottesville were “good people on both sides” which he never did either. In a spirit of compassion which causes me to see people not look foolish by saying things that simply aren’t true I attempted to do the work that CNN and MSNBC simply won’t do and point that out to them.

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            MARLE says:

            The “two sides” represented in Charlottesville were not the Tiki Touch folks Alone but those who didn’t want statues removed and were there (not marching with lit torches) peacefully to express that . Trump never broke through on that b/c it would have forced him to single out the Tiki Torch guys for denounciation.

            The statement was not problematic; his follow up, where clarification would have thrown that small group under the bus and therefore was omitted, was the problem.

            There actually were good people on both sides….just MINUS the Tiki Torch group

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    Donna Locke says:

    My daughter and her family had this virus, and she had the symptoms but never had a fever and always tested negative, so don’t go by that. Same thing has happened to others. False negatives. Also, an early test is likely to be negative, though you have the virus. You have to isolate if you’ve been around someone with the symptoms.

    I had to take my elderly mother to a doctor this week, and the forehead thermometer on me showed 90 degrees, so don’t go by that either. Unless I’m dead and don’t know it.

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    LeeAnn C. says:

    Prayers for the President and First Lady, along with anyone else challenged with the virus.

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    “sometimes the thoughts are a little difficult to analyze” could very well qualify for the “understatement of the week” award. The man can not give us one complete and coherent sentence during a one hour speech.

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