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Watch the Bizarre Way Trump Talks About Son Barron, Who Had the ‘Corona 19’

Donald Trump invoked his son Barron’s positive coronavirus case in a push to physically reopen U.S. schools, saying that the 14-year-old was unaffected by the virus because of his immune system.

Trump also bizarrely called Barron by his full name, which struck many on the internet as odd.

“Barron Trump, he had the corona-19,” Trump told a crowd at a campaign rally in Des Moines, Iowa, referring to the novel coronavirus. “He had the China virus, right? And he had it for such a short period of time. I don’t even think he knew he had it because they’re young and their immune systems are strong and they fight it off 99.9 percent. And Barron is beautiful, and he’s free, free.”

Trump noted that his wife, first lady Melania Trump, shared the news that Barron had previously tested positive earlier that day. His son has since tested negative for the virus, the first lady said Wednesday.

“It happens. People have it, and it goes. Get the kids back to school. We’ve got to get them back to school,” the president told the crowd.

The private school Barron attends in the Washington, D.C., area, St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, has conducted all-virtual classes thus far this school year.

Children can contract COVID-19, though evidence indicates they are less likely to experience severe illness or death compared with their older counterparts. Elderly individuals are considered a high-risk population with respect to the coronavirus. The highly infectious disease has killed more than 215,000 people in the U.S. and more than 1 million worldwide.

Still, what a weird way to talk about your teenage child:

Twitter had some thoughts:

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