Actor Tom Arnold, a vocal hater of President Trump, posted White House aide Hope Hicks’ “personal cell” number to Twitter hours after the news of her COVID-19 diagnosis.
The 61-year-old True Lies actor, best known as Rosanne Barr’s ex-husband, told followers they should call the counselor to the President to share their thoughts and prayers with her personally.
In a since deleted tweet, Arnold wrote, “Silent thoughts & prayers aren’t enough for national treasure Hope Hicks. She needs to hear them.” He tacked on the number for what he claimed to be Hicks’ “personal cell” to the post.
On Thursday night the President announced that he and the First Lady were going into quarantine after the close aide tested positive for the virus. “Hope Hicks, who has been working so hard without even taking a small break, has just tested positive for Covid 19,” Trump posted to Twitter.
The White House’s former Director of Communications traveled with Trump to the Presidential Debate on Tuesday and to a rally in Minnesota the next day. On the plane ride home Wednesday, she began to feel mild symptoms and was quarantined from the other passengers, her diagnosis was confirmed on Thursday.
Arnold, who is a known Trump dissenter, received a visit from the Secret Service after he made threats to the President in a series of 2018 tweets. He challenged Trump to a fight on Twitter, which one user pointed out was a federal crime.
“Next time Kathy won’t be holding his fake head,” Arnold asserted two days later in a since deleted tweet, referencing comedian Kathy Griffin’s deranged photo holding the President’s severed head.
You asked him to fight you, and responded with “next time Kathy Griffin won’t be holding his fake head”, which suggested you would kill him in your proposed fight @SecretService pic.twitter.com/Mn3A9iOSRG
— Gabe Hoffman (@GabeHoff) October 21, 2018
Arnold released a sarcastic statement after the Secret Service paid a visit to his home. “I heard your message loud & clear. Words matter,” he tweeted. “I’m sorry Donald Trump hasn’t listened to you all the times you’ve had this exact conversation with him.”
My statement about the Secret Service visit to my house: pic.twitter.com/BFOht796aW
— Tom Arnold (@TomArnold) November 26, 2018