Dominic West met the wrath of Good Morning Britain viewers on Friday when he said he had ‘jumped for joy’ upon learning President Trump has coronavirus.
The Wire actor, 50, didn’t hold back when asked for his views on Trump’s positive result after the President, 74, had minimized the threat of the coronavirus pandemic for months.
Appearing on video link from his Wiltshire home, Dominic said: ‘Well I did slightly leap in the air with joy.
‘How vile and evil to get joy from the suffering of others:’ GMB viewers slammed Dominic West on Friday for telling Kate Garraway he ‘jumped for joy’ over Trump’s Covid diagnosis
Thumbs up: President Trump said on Friday that he and his wife Melania had tested positive for COVID-19 and were going into quarantine, after downplaying the virus for months
‘I think the phrase is “what goes around comes around”. I just hope it doesn’t interfere with him being elected out of office that’s all.’
Kate, 53, questioned if Dominic was suggesting he wished Trump well on a personal level but perhaps felt this was karmic given that Trump had previously downplayed the virus.
Hpwever, his words were particularly tone deaf, given that Kate’s husband Derek Draper has become the longest patient battling coronavirus in hospital in the UK as he enters his seventh month in hospital.
Shocked: Kate, 53, questioned if Dominic was suggesting he wished Trump well on a personal level but perhaps felt this was ironic given that Trump had previously downplayed the virus
Painful: Dominic’s words were tone deaf given that her husband Derek Draper has become the longest patient battling coronavirus in hospital in the UK (pictured in December 2019)
Dominic said: ‘Well there’s an element of schadenfreude I suppose.
‘I’m not a fan of his, as you can probably tell, and I just hope Biden stays healthy and gets the presidency as quickly as possible.
‘I think Trump is a catastrophe for America and the world.’
It’s fair to say that lots of people on social media had called it ‘karma’ that Trump had been diagnosed following his recent downplaying of the virus.
Dominic also added that he hoped the diagnosis would make Trump supporters take the virus more seriously than they had in the past.
Viewers took to Twitter to slam Dominic for revelling in another person’s ill health
While the US President is certainly a divisive figure, some viewers felt as though Dominic shouldn’t have rejoiced over someone getting a potentially fatal virus.
A TIMELINE OF THE PRESIDENT’S TRAVEL
Saturday, September 26: Trump announces his Supreme Court pick at the White House, then travels to a rally in Pennsylvania with aides including Hope Hicks.
Sunday, September 27: The president plays golf in Virginia, gives a press conference in the White House briefing room and hosts a reception for Gold Star families.
Monday, September 28: Trump gives a press briefing and inspects pickup vehicles on the White House lawn.
Tuesday, September 29: Hicks is aboard Air Force One with the president and Melania to travel to the first presidential debate in Cleveland. Hicks is seen leaving the jet without a mask.
The president spars with Joe Biden in a chaotic debate. Trump family members do not wear masks during the debate, violating venue rules.
Wednesday, September 30: Hicks travels on Marine One and on Air Force One to a rally in Minnesota Wednesday.
She is understood to have felt poorly on the way back, quarantining on the presidential plane to get home.
Thursday, October 1: Trump still travels to New Jersey for a fundraiser.
Hicks tests positive.
Trump says he is awaiting test results, before confirming he and wife Melania have tested positive for Covid-19.
Friday, October 2: A political rally in Sanford, Florida is cancelled.
They took to Twitter in their droves to write: ‘I have never heard of Dominic West before. I wonder when the Karma bus will be trundling toward his family? What a vile, evil person he is to obtain joy from the suffering of others.’
‘Disgusted with @GMB interview with @DominicWest taking delight in @POTUS positive COVID test. No matter your politics, evil to wish ill on others.
‘@kategarraway how did you accept this and smile given your husband’s COVID history?’
‘Disgusted with @GMB interview with @DominicWest taking delight in @POTUS positive COVID test. No matter your politics, evil to wish ill on others.’
Yet others agreed with him.
They wrote: ‘Brilliant Dominic West doesn’t give a toss. When asked about Donald Trump, he was smiling ‘it is what it is’. Karma.’
‘Hahahahahahaha love Dominic West. Saying it exactly as it is.’
‘Dominic West was ace in the Wire. He’s just topped that.’
President Donald Trump said on Friday that he and his wife Melania had tested positive for COVID-19 and were going into quarantine, upending the race for the White House.
He tweeted: ‘We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!’
Trump is at high risk with the deadly virus both because of his age and because he is considered overweight. He has remained in good health during his time in office but is not known to exercise regularly or to follow a healthy diet.
Trump minimized the seriousness of the pandemic in its early stages and has repeatedly predicted it would go away. He rarely wears a mask and criticizes people, including Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, who do.
More than 200,000 people have died from COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, in the United States alone, with the elderly and those with pre-existing conditions especially hard hit.
Mixed bag: Other viewers agreed that Dominic was right to mock Trump given how much he has downplayed the virus
One word: Social media lit up after Trump announced on Twitter that he and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for COVID-19 including Padma Lakshmi who posted one word: ‘Karma’
Democrat hoax: Sophia Bush asked on Twitter if the coronavirus was still a ‘Democrat hoax’
In quarantine: Trump announced that he and Melania were in quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19
Science wins: Ken Jeong tweeted not to deny science
Sometime symptom: Whitney Cummings, 38, took to Twitter with a reference to one of the symptoms of coronavirus
Positive side: Star Wars actor Mark Hamill, 69, tried to find the positive in the situation
Trump’s positive test means that others at the highest levels of the U.S. government may have been exposed and have to quarantine, too.
A White House official said contact tracing was under way.
Trump’s physician, Sean Conley, said he expected the president to carry out his duties ‘without disruption’ while he recovers.
“The President and First Lady are both well at this time, and they plan to remain at home within the White House during their convalescence,” Conley wrote in a memo that was distributed to the press.
How 74-year-old Trump’s risk of hospitalization is five times greater than someone who contracts COVID in their 20s and he has a 90 times greater risk of death, according to CDC
At 74 years old, the president is five times more likely to be hospitalized from the virus and 90 times more likely to die than a patient in their 20s, CDC figures show.
Trump and his wife Melania confirmed they had both tested positive for coronavirus early Friday, just hours after top White House aide Hope Hicks was confirmed to have contracted the virus.
Trump and Hicks traveled together on Air Force One multiple times over the last week, including to attend the shambolic opening presidential debate against Joe Biden on Tuesday night.
But while Hicks at 31 years old is considered a low risk patient, at 74 years of age, Trump faces a much higher chance of being hospitalized with the virus, and falling victim to its harshest symptoms.
According to CDC statistics, patients between the ages of 65 and 74 are five times more likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 than someone aged 18 to 29.
Patients of Trump’s age also have a 90 times greater risk of death in comparison to their younger counterparts.
At 74 years of age, Trump faces a much higher chance of being hospitalized with the virus, and falling victim to its harshest symptoms.
According to CDC statistics, patients between the ages of 65 and 74 are five times more likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 than someone aged 18 to 29. Patients in the elder category are also 90 times more likely to die in comparison to their younger counterparts
For every 1,000 people in their mid-seventies or older who are infected by COVID-19, around 116 will die – a fatality rate of 8.6 percent.
Trends in coronavirus deaths have been clear since early in the pandemic, with studies determining that age is by far the strongest predictor of an infected person’s risk of dying.
Henrik Salje, an infectious-disease epidemiologist at the University of Cambridge, UK, said ‘age cannot explain everything’, as gender is also said to be a strong risk factor – with men twice as likely to die from the virus than women.
Salje’s conclusions are supported by figures from the World Health Organization which said 1.7 percent of women who catch the virus will die compared to 2.8 percent of men, even though neither sex is more likely to catch it.
Underlying health conditions and health issues, such as diabetes and obesity, also have a significant impact on how severe a case of COVID-19 might be.
The CDC warned earlier this year that anyone considered ‘severely obese’ may raise risk of a severe reaction to COVID-19.
Following his annual physical this year, Trump’s physician Dr. Sean Conley said Trump was 6 feet, 3 inches tall and 244 pounds.
Trump, who was 73 at the time, had gained one pound since his last examination in 2019. It also showed the president’s cholesterol level had slightly improved to 167 from 196 the year before.
Officially, Trump’s height and weight would equate to a body mass index (BMI) of 30.4 – a fraction over the 30.0 level to be considered obese in the lowest of three tiers.
His previous doctor, Ronny Jackson, said in 2018 that Trump’s ‘overall health is excellent [but] … he would benefit from a diet that is lower in fat and carbohydrates and from a routine exercise regiment.’
Trump, the oldest president to ever take office, doesn’t drink alcohol or smoke. However, he is known to enjoy fast food, steaks and ice cream, while golfing is his primary source of exercise.