As the global pandemic spreads rapidly across the United States, President Donald Trump continues to highlight aspects of the viral disease that really don't help the CDC's efforts to slow the contagion.
Recently, during a press conference, Trump was asked what it was like to be tested for the virus.
His response was less than inspiring.
Asked what it was like to take the test, Trump says, "Not, not uh - something I want to do everyday...you know, it'… https://t.co/vhjxsuBYdt— Daniel Dale (@Daniel Dale)1584388618.0
Now is the worst possible time for the President to be making people scared of a potentially life-saving test.
Trump says that the Coronavirus test was a very unpleasant experience as if he just got back from a battle. The t… https://t.co/SRRdLZWgJH— P A C E (@P A C E)1584390051.0
Celebrity Chrissy Teigen had the most notable response to Trump's discomfort, describing her own painful medical procedure and comparing it to a nasal swab.
Teigen's tweet sparked a new hashtag, with many using #vagasshole to show how cowardly Trump was acting.
yep I had one giant vagasshole here https://t.co/BaoK4Ru0Uj— christine teigen (@christine teigen)1584945292.0
@chrissyteigen 1st baby had to be vacuumed out, I had one giant vagasshole. Hubby couldn’t understand why I always… https://t.co/wwUN37RGJS— Bethany Mikhael (@Bethany Mikhael)1584948131.0
@chrissyteigen I didn’t quite end up with a #vagasshole, but I did have tearing. Being able to feel them stitch it… https://t.co/hDaHymGyDM— Kenzie Bruboldrick (@Kenzie Bruboldrick)1584948749.0
Every mother has gone through a terrifying medical scenario—a nasal swab should be the least of the President's worries.
@MissBethy @chrissyteigen 3rd degree tear was what I was told. #Vagasshole would have made me laugh.— Bonnie and 5 (@Bonnie and 5)1584969411.0
@chrissyteigen The guy just snipped thru my wife's 😳 right there in front of me. With scissors. 😫 I can't even...... #vagasshole— Geeksta (@Geeksta)1584974541.0
#Vagasshole really put things in perspective for many on Twitter.
When it comes down to it, the President should be doing everything in his power to encourage those who need it to be tested.
Donald Trump continues to say the swab test for coronavirus is painful. This is ridiculous and harmful. Besides, a… https://t.co/NWbMBdzwHO— Shannon Watts (@Shannon Watts)1584548131.0
It's a freaking nasal swab! Either Trump got some other test that was much more traumatic [and not a coronavirus t… https://t.co/bjSIySHLBq— Polly Sigh (@Polly Sigh)1584388985.0
Remember, everyone: better to have a nasal swab than a vagasshole.