Fact Check: Viral Tweet By John Cammo Was NOT The Only One To Predict Trump Would Get Covid

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  • by: Arthur Brice
Fact Check: Viral Tweet By John Cammo Was NOT The Only One To Predict Trump Would Get Covid Got Lucky

Was a September 18 tweet by someone named John Cammo (@johncammo) predicting that President Trump would become infected with COVID-19 in October the only one to make that assertion? No. There were several prior tweets that made the same prediction.

The claim is in the September 18, 2020, posting on Twitter titled "JohnCammo on Twitter" (archived here) which opened:

"@joshtpm Trump's October surprise will be the announcement of "his infection." Fake, but quite dramatic. This twist will blow Biden off the screens, the "Trump COVID watch" dominating every minute of every day. Then, 14 days later, Trump will emerge, 100% cured by hydroxychloroquine."

This is what the post looked like on Twitter at the time of writing:

Twitter screenshot

(Source: Twitter screenshot taken on Fri Oct 2 18:38:38 2020 UTC)

The September tweet saying Trump would contract COVID-19 has been repeated widely, with many of the commentaries appearing on Facebook. But it's just social media's version of winning the lottery. Lots of people play the lottery, so someone is likely to win. Same with social media: Lots of people make all sorts of predictions, so some are bound to be right.

Not only that, but the September tweet wasn't the only one to make the Trump COVID prediction. There have been many, some dating to 2019.

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  Arthur Brice

Arthur Brice is a fact checker at Lead Stories. He has been a journalist for more than 40 years, nearly 30 of them in newspapers. Brice was a national desk editor and reporter at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution for nearly 20 years. Previously, he was political editor at The Tampa Tribune and also worked for three other Florida newspapers. He spent 11 Years as an executive editor and executive producer at CNN. 

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