Democratic nominee for agriculture commissioner in North Carolina disgraced herself and her entire party when she mocked Trump’s positive test for COVID.
“On a scale of one to 10, is this your favorite or most favorite October surprise in the history of electoral politics?” Jenna Wadsworth asked her social media followers. “For me personally, I think it ranks pretty high up there.”
When she moved the video to Twitter from Tik Tok, Wadsworth added “Got that big OCTOBER SURPRISE energy up in here tonight #TrumpHasCovid #TrumpCovid #TrumpHasCorona #DonaldTrump #COVID19 #VOTE #VoteHimOut #Election2020.”
The 3 a.m. video was deleted around 11:30 a.m., after catching the attention of North Carolina politicos. Republicans, though, had already archived it.
“This is beyond disgusting and deserves universal condemnation,” Republican U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis said on his own Twitter account.
Wadsworth said her words were misconstrued. She focused, in a campaign statement, on the definition of “October surprise,” something she laid out in the 55 seconds worth of video as well. October surprises are late-breaking potential game-changers in politics – damaging revelations that often harm a campaign.
“The purpose of the video was not to celebrate the President testing positive; it was a reaction to such a game-changing event occurring a month before the election,” Wadsworth said in her statement.
“I would never wish harm on anyone with this illness,” she said. “My commentary was on the irony of the President contracting the virus after not taking it seriously enough.”
The explanation was not well received. Raleigh’s own Clay Aiken, who starred on the 2003 season of “American Idol” and ran as a Democrat for Congress here in 2014, weighed in.
“@jennawadsworth should do more than accuse the ‘other side’ of twisting her words,” Aiken wrote. “Own up to a lapse in judgement and promise to do better.”
The state Democratic Party said the video was “not appropriate.”
“We join Vice President Biden in sending our best wishes to the Trump family for a quick recovery,” a party spokesman said via email.
Smug Jenna Wadsworth deleted this tweet in which she was celebrating the #TrumpHasCovid diagnosis when she got called out.— Sara NC ❤️🇺🇸 (@brightislandusa) October 2, 2020
Is this really the kind of person who best represents NC Agriculture and farm families? #ncpol pic.twitter.com/5NoXAgPxsA