Actress and singer Bette Midler is calling for authorities to arrest former President Donald Trump for the attempted murder of President Joe Biden, saying Trump tried to infect Biden with COVID-19 at a presidential debate last year.
Midler posted on Twitter Friday that Trump "should be arrested for attempted murder."
"He tried to infect & kill #JoeBiden at the debate; by turning up too late to be tested, knowing full well he was positive; then screeched, sputtered, spit, and foamed at the mouth, hoping to infect Joe. He IS the devil," she continued.
Midler's accusations appear to stem from a book published by Trump's Chief of Staff Mark Meadows recently, which states that Trump had tested positive for COVID-19 three days before his first debate with Joe Biden in 2020, according to The Guardian.
Despite reportedly testing positive, Meadows wrote that Trump took a different test and received a negative result, shortly after receiving the positive one.
Meadows also noted that though Trump knew each candidate was required "to test negative for the virus within seventy-two hours of the start time … Nothing was going to stop [Trump] from going out there."
In a statement released on Wednesday, Trump blasted Meadows' accusation, stating that "the story of me having COVID prior to, or during, the first debate is Fake News."
"In fact, a test revealed that I did not have COVID prior to the debate," the statement continued.
Meadows said Trump tested positive for COVID on September 26, just days prior to the debate, and after holding a ceremony for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett.
"Meadows says the positive test had been done with an old model kit. He told Trump the test would be repeated with 'the Binax system, and that we were hoping the first test was a false positive,'" wrote The Guardian.
It was following that second test that Trump tested negative.
Meadows says Trump took that the call that he was negative as "full permission to press on as if nothing had happened." Meadows however, "instructed everyone in his immediate circle to treat him as if he was positive" throughout Trump's trip to Pennsylvania.
"I didn't want to take any unnecessary risks," Meadows writes, "but I also didn't want to alarm the public if there was nothing to worry about – which according to the new, much more accurate test, there was not."
On September 29, the day of the debate, Trump arrived late, with organizers going off the honor system due to not having enough time to test him for the virus.
Trump did not announce until October 2 that he and Melania Trump had tested positive.
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