MICHAEL Moore has claimed Donald Trump is a “professional liar” who is faking Covid to boost his falling poll numbers.
The 66-year-old director and left-wing activist put out the conspiracy theory in a rant on Facebook.
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Trump, 74, was rushed by helicopter to Walter Reed medical center near Washington DC out of an "abundance of caution" after he was struck down with coronavirus symptoms.
The president revealed early on Friday morning that he and first lady Melania Trump had both been diagnosed with coronavirus.
“He may have it. But it’s also possible he’s lying. That’s just a fact,” said Moore.
“But – he’s losing the election. And he knows it. It’s not 2016. He was hated in 2016, but he’s hated even more now.
“Millions of Americans are ON FIRE and on the verge of serving him up a major league ass-whooping and a record landslide defeat.
“So he needs – badly – to totally change the conversation about this campaign. And he just has.”
While the Democratic ticket of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have both wished the Trumps a speedy recovery, Moore called him an “evil genius” who was “weaponizing this”.
“Democrats, liberals, the media and others have always been wrong to simply treat him as a buffoon and a dummy and a jackass,” he wrote.
“Yes, he is all those things. But he's also canny. He's clever. He outfoxed Comey.
“He outfoxed Mueller. He outfoxed 20 Republicans in the GOP primary and then did the same to the Democrats, winning the White House despite receiving fewer votes than his opponent.”
Moore, who had earlier tweeted his “thoughts and prayers are with Covid 19’, appeared to row back a bit at the end of his outburst.
“Finally, on a personal note: Stay alive Mr. President. Your exit from public life must happen in the right and decent way,” he said.
“You have many years to live. You have a child to raise. Grandchildren who need you. A base that loves you.”
Late on Thursday, it was confirmed that a top aide to Trump, Hope Hicks, had the virus after days of traveling alongside the president to campaign events.
Hicks and Trump traveled together at least two days this week – including to and from the first presidential debate in Cleveland, Ohio, on Tuesday and to a rally in Minnesota on Wednesday.
White House doctor Sean P Conley said Trump was given a dose of Remdesivir.
Conley said in an update late on Friday that Trump was "doing very well" and "is not requiring any supplemental oxygen."
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