The #Nobodylikesme hashtag began trending on July 28, 2020, amid intense social media chatter especially in twitter about remarks U.S. President Donald Trump allegedly made earlier that day during a White House press briefing about the continued COVID-19 pandemic.
Reportedly, Trump diverged from national issues during a momentary contemplation of his popularity, saying “Nobody likes me” in comments uncharacteristic the usually self-confident politician.
“It can only be my personality. That’s all,” he concluded.
Trump did, in fact, make these remarks, inspiring a Twitter frenzy that lasted into the next day.
With over 16,000 related tweets, #NobodyLikesTrump became the fourth hottest hashtag on Twitter’s July 29 trending list and sparked “poor me” news reports that played on Trump’s “self-pity.”
The quote went viral after Trump was asked by a reporter to reply to since-deleted tweets during which he reportedly accused Dr. Anthony Fauci of misleading the country in his response to the coronavirus pandemic. Fauci has been the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984 and has become the face of u. s. COVID-19 response at the onset of the pandemic.
In a long-winded reply beginning around the 20-minute mark of the video, Trump said that he had a “very good relationship with Dr. Fauci” which he listened to the adviser despite not always having agreed together with his policies, particularly those associated with the travel bans on China and Europe. Trump went on to talk to Fauci’s “very good approval rating” and described fellow White House Coronavirus Task Force member Dr. Deborah Birx as “terrific.”
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