Despite his claims that testing for the virus that's killed more than 95 thousand Americans was "overrated," President Donald Trump and his staff are routinely tested.
Multiple people at the White House and in Trump's sphere have tested positive for the virus, including an aide for Vice President Mike Pence and a personal valet for Donald Trump himself.
While speaking with reporters, the President assured them that he's tested positive—er, tested negative, which is a positive thing, uh...you get the idea.
President Trump announces that he has tested negative again for COVID-19: “I tested very positively in another sens… https://t.co/npiSBUKGcD— ABC News (@ABC News) 1590082780.0
Trump was boasting about the (unproven) claim that he's taking the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine, which his own FDA recommends only be taken in a hospital setting.
Touting the unproven preventative effects, Trump said:
"I tested very positively in another sense, so this morning I tested positively towards negative, right? So, I tested perfectly this morning, meaning I tested negative. But that's a way of saying it, positively toward the negative."
It wasn't long before the Democratic National Committee compared Trump's rambling about testing positive vs negative to a similar statement from one of television's most beloved characters: The Office's Michael Scott.
“Well, apparently, in the medicine community, ‘negative’ means ‘good,’ which makes absolutely no sense.” — Michael… https://t.co/0zcviepZm6— DNC War Room (@DNC War Room) 1590081399.0
The DNC alluded to an iconic scene in which one of Michael's subordinates—Kevin Malone—tests negative for cancer. Michael thinks the word "negative" means that Kevin is confirmed to have cancer.
The scene then cuts to Michael announcing what he's learned.
The DNC weren't the only ones to notice Trump channeling Michael Scott
Trump teetering into Michael Scott territory https://t.co/VpQE5PgA2f— Scott Nelson (@Scott Nelson) 1590086097.0
The @realDonaldTrump, @SteveCarell @theofficenbc crossover none of us wanted. https://t.co/uq0KhL00rs— Daniel Wessel (@Daniel Wessel) 1590081908.0
I just realized that @realDonaldTrump is basically a real life version of @SteveCarell's Michael Scott character fr… https://t.co/lm9ssbydq6— Jeremy Johnson (@Jeremy Johnson) 1590072658.0
Trump is apparently Michael Scott from The Office...🤷🏽♂️ https://t.co/KyrPNGIoon— Jason Bigelow (@Jason Bigelow) 1590087516.0
There are, however, some key differences between the protagonist of The Office and the President of the United States.
Donald Trump is Michael Scott with absolutely none of the redeemable qualities. https://t.co/crWL2aLMpF— David Cortez Manzano, Ph.D. (@David Cortez Manzano, Ph.D.) 1590088574.0
Please remember that where Michael Scott was later revealed to have an underlying humanity, and a capacity for self… https://t.co/9DIyI6JeAK— President Quarantine Harding (@President Quarantine Harding) 1590089385.0
Is it just me or is Trump a lot like Michael Scott from The Office with all the blunders and inefficiency but none… https://t.co/qLefudIsnr— Lakshmi Nambiar (@Lakshmi Nambiar) 1589780540.0
For a deeper look into Trump's ineptitude, check out A Very Stable Genius, available here.