Donald Trump was noticeably excited to return to the campaign trail after being hospitalized with coronavirus. On Monday, October 12, Trump fired off 102 tweets prior to the start of his rally in Florida.
In comparison, former Vice Joe Biden’s Twitter account had sent out 11 tweets on Monday.
The topics of Trump’s tweets crossed a wide range of topics. He previewed the “big crowds” awaiting his arrival in Florida, claimed the public had “zero interest” in watching the NBA Finals and trashed Senator Richard Blumenthal.
Many of Trump’s Tweets Trashed Former Vice President Joe Biden
The bulk of Trump tweets on Monday were messages slamming his presidential rival, Joe Biden, and how “almost nobody is showing up for Sleep Joe rallies.”
One of the tweets Trump sent out to his 87.2 million followers claimed, “Almost nobody showed up to the Sleepy Joe Biden ‘Rally’ in Ohio. The reporting and polls are a Media Con Job – Fake News. We have far more support and enthusiasm than even in 2016. November 3rd. will be a great day for America!!! #MAGA.”
Trump hasn’t been on the campaign trail since October 2 due to COVID-19 and his subsequent three-day stay at Walter Reed Medical Center. Despite the fact that Biden has never tested positive for coronavirus, the president called him out for not following the suggested health guidelines while on the campaign trail.
Trump tweeted, “So Biden is coughing and hacking and playing ‘fingers’ with his mask, all over the place, and the Fake News doesn’t want to even think about discussing it. “Journalism” has reached the all time low in history. Sadly, Lamestream knows this and doesn’t even care!”
In another tweet, Trump claimed, “Sleepy Joe Biden had a particularly bad day today. He couldn’t remember the name of Mitt Romney, said again he was running for the U.S. Senate, and forgot what State he was in. If I did any of this, it would be disqualifying. With him, he’s just Sleepy Joe!”
Notching up Trump’s Twitter message count on Monday was an onslaught of retweets. He sent out a series retweets of his own posts, his official campaign’s account and the accounts of his Republican supporters.
Trump Wanted to Pull Off a Huge Superman ‘Stunt’ to Re-Start His Campaign Efforts
Trump’s Twitterstorm could be an attempt to make up for lost time on the campaign trail. While Trump gave an energetic, albeit “markedly brief,” speech from the White House on October 10, The New York Times reported on Saturday that Trump wanted to pull a huge “stunt” when he first left the hospital last Monday.
According to Maggie Haberman and Annie Karni, the president wanted to trick viewers, recreating a scene reminiscent of Gene Wilder’s famous entrance as Willy Wonka in the original 1971 film. They wrote:
In several phone calls last weekend from the presidential suite at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Mr. Trump shared an idea he was considering: When he left the hospital, he wanted to appear frail at first when people saw him, according to people with knowledge of the conversations. But underneath his button-down dress shirt, he would wear a Superman T-shirt, which he would reveal as a symbol of strength when he ripped open the top layer. He ultimately did not go ahead with the stunt.
Even though Trump did not rip off his shirt like the fictional character Clark Kent in Superman, the 74-year-old president has been called out for trying to appear like Superman by Australia Sky News host Peter Gleeson. New York Times reporter Thomas L. Friedman wrote an op-ed entitled, “Trump’s not Superman. He’s Superspeader.”
The Hills’ op-ed writer Sharyl Attkisson published a very similar piece on October 7, “Trump: From ‘super spreader’ to Superman?” After The New York Times article was published on Saturday, “Willy Wonka” started trending nationally under the politics tab on Twitter.
Many of Trump’s supporters, however, do see the president’s quick return to The White House as being like Superman. There’s even a “Super Trump” T-shirt available for sale on Amazon.