Twitter users called the Sept. 26 Rose Garden event a “super-spreader” since several attendees including President Donald Trump tested positive for COVID-19. The hashtag “Rose Garden Massacre” is currently trending on the platform as a result.
Trump announced Amy Coney Barrett as his Supreme Court Justice nominee during the event. At least seven people have tested positive for COVID-19 as a result of the event, according to NBC. Additionally, one of Trump’s close advisers Hope Hicks, who contracted the virus, did not attend the event, according to ABC.
Since the event, Trump and his wife Melania were among those who tested positive for the virus. Others include Senator Mike Lee, Senator Thom Tills, Kellyanne Conway, and also University of Notre Dame President Rev. John Jenkins. On Oct. 1, Trump announced he tested positive for the virus and has since been hospitalized at Walter Reed Hospital.
Several Twitter users criticized the lack of social distancing protocols at the Rose Garden event including journalist Tony Schwartz. On Twitter, Schwartz noted the potential for coronavirus spread before the news of positive cases at the event. He also described the event as “the ultimate disgrace.”