Lindsey Graham can’t decide if he loves Donald Trump or not. He goes back and forth from siding with the president, to completely rebuking him in a very public way. Graham was one of the first Republicans to come out against a Trump presidency in 2015, even going as far as to trash Trump on the news over issues of integrity.
When Graham realized that Trump was going to get the GOP nomination, that all changed. He went from badmouthing Trump to making excuses for his behavior. Graham basically wanted a Republican to be president so badly that he was willing to sacrifice his morals as a Christian.
Now, however, Trump seems to have gone too far when it comes to speaking over scientists who are trying to address the public on how to handle the coronavirus outbreak.
Graham rebuked Trump’s Fox News interview claims Thursday morning on CNN:
“I don’t know what he was talking about but I listen to the scientists when it comes to the numbers. I would encourage the president if he’s going to report things to make sure the science is behind what he says.”
“I would encourage the president if he’s going to report things to make sure the science is behind what he says,” Graham told me
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) March 5, 2020
Mr. Trump insists that entities like the World Health Organization are lying to the public about the extent of the devastation, which is absolutely preposterous. W.H.O. stated Tuesday in a press conference that about 3.4% of coronavirus patients have died:
“GLOBALLY, ABOUT 3.4 PERCENT OF REPORTED COVID-19 CASES HAVE DIED. BY COMPARISON, SEASONAL FLU GENERALLY KILLS FAR FEWER THAN 1 PERCENT OF THOSE INFECTED.”
“WE UNDERSTAND THAT PEOPLE ARE AFRAID AND UNCERTAIN. FEAR IS A NATURAL HUMAN RESPONSE TO ANY THREAT, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT’S A THREAT WE DON’T COMPLETELY UNDERSTAND. BUT AS WE GET MORE DATA, WE ARE UNDERSTANDING THIS VIRUS AND THE DISEASE IT CAUSES MORE AND MORE.”
The WHO considers the novel #coronavirus spreading around the world, killing thousands, a very serious public health hazard.
The Trump syndicate keeps calling #COVID19 a "hoax" and like the flu.
I'm with the scientists, not @benshapiro
From Thursday night on Fox News. pic.twitter.com/25yI8ssE81
— Ethan Bearman, Esq. (@EthanBearman) March 1, 2020
Trump’s response to the World Health Organization was his own estimation of the devastation caused. trump claimed that:
“I THINK THE 3.4 PERCENT IS REALLY A FALSE NUMBER. NOW, THIS IS JUST A HUNCH, BUT BASED ON A LOT OF CONVERSATIONS WITH A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT DO THIS.”
Trump has done zero research to back up those claims, and is therefore endangering the lives of the people stupid enough to still believe his lies. The president is literally telling people with coronavirus to go to work. Check it out:]
Except Trump literally said on live national television with Sean Hannity on Fox News that thousands of people with the coronavirus can get better by “sitting around” or “just going to work, some of them go to work.” Trump blatantly lies even when he’s recorded saying it. pic.twitter.com/S7qULm9V96
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) March 5, 2020
Trump also claims without merit that many people with coronavirus get better without even seeing a doctor:
“A LOT OF PEOPLE WILL HAVE THIS AND IT’S VERY MILD. THEY’LL GET BETTER VERY RAPIDLY. THEY DON’T EVEN SEE A DOCTOR. THEY DON’T EVEN CALL A DOCTOR. YOU NEVER HEAR ABOUT THOSE PEOPLE.”