Social media erupted with reactions to President Donald Trump's revelation Friday that he and wife Melania tested positive for Covid-19, with an outpouring of sympathy as well as mockery and anger over his efforts to minimize risks of the disease.
The president's announcement on Twitter in the early morning Friday garnered more than 1.2 million likes within eight hours, and was shared or retweeted at similar levels.
According to the news site Axios, the tweet was Trump's most popular ever, topping his 2019 news that rapper A$AP Rocky was released from prison in Sweden. Axios analyzed data from the Trump Twitter Archive.
On Facebook, where Trump has some 29 million followers, comments were both supportive and mocking.
"Praying for our President and his sweet family that the Lord will place a hedge of protection around them and keep all evil forces away from them," one Facebook user wrote.
But another countered: "Why are you going to quarantine? YOU said it was a hoax.... now it's your time to drink the punch! Or drink some kind of chemical."
On Twitter, where Trump has some 86 million followers, the hashtag