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by Elizabeth Nolan Brown
President Donald Trump’s Thursday night announcement that he and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for COVID-19 has kicked up a range of realistically troubling scenarios as well as a host of conspiracy theories. The most prevalent of the latter seems to be the idea that the Trumps don’t really have the new coronavirus and the president’s announcement is some sort of cynical election ploy.
It would be a strange one, considering the negative toll that any perception of illness can have on a candidate. What could Trump possibly gain by having people think he’s sick?