Donald Trump’s number one concern during the spreading pandemic, and it has nothing to do with the people who are falling victim to it either. Hundreds have died in America, and not only did the president squash early attempts to prepare for the outbreak, but he’s not insisting that businesses will be re-opening soon so that the stock market doesn’t crash historically while he’s president.
Monday night, Trump made a statement during a press briefing that he is working to ensure that small businesses can “cautiously resume” daily routines. Trump said:
“Our public health experts, who are terrific, are studying the variation and the disease across the country, and we will be using data to recommend new protocols to allow local economies to cautiously resume their activity at the appropriate time.”
Trump says our country wasn't built to be shut down, which is a clear sign that he is going defy the advice of medical experts and try to restart the economy. Trump says he is going to open the economy "A lot sooner than 3 or 4 months." pic.twitter.com/QttQEkXizb
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) March 23, 2020
Then Trump arrogantly said:
“Our country wasn’t built to be shut down. This is not a country that was built for this.”
“America will again, and soon, be open for business. This was a medical problem. We are not going to let it turn into a long-lasting financial problem.”
Denmark: "We are freezing the economy."
United States: "Our country wasn't built to be shut down."
Is there any question that Bernie was right when he's said Denmark is better than the U.S.?https://t.co/uP3FCPUuqR
— Scott T. Patrick (@PompeiiDog) March 23, 2020
Experts are saying we have 8-10 weeks until we get this deadly pathogen under control, but Trump says we will be back in business before then. He said Monday:
“I’m not looking at months. I can tell you right now.”
“Our country wasn’t built to be shut down.”
What the hell does that mean?
— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) March 23, 2020
A reporter asked Trump what he would do if Anthony Fauci recommended that people stay locked down for longer than Trump expects, to which Trump responded:
“Well you’ll see what happens. it’s a great question but we can do two things at one time.”
“Parts of our country are very lightly affected. Why would we close down 100 percent of the country?”
On the same day states in Red America are shutting down and ordering residents to stay at home, Trump questions need. 'Our country wasn't built to be shut down," he says.
Trump knows better than all the experts, all the other countries…
— Susan Glasser (@sbg1) March 23, 2020
VP Mike Pence told Americans to follow the rules set by their local officials and law enforcement:
“We made it clear to the governors that this president and this administration fully supports decisions that governors are making in communities and states that are particularly impacted by the spread of the coronavirus and we are grateful for their efforts.”
"Our country wasn’t built to be shutdown" is an obviously true and also incredibly dumb and unhelpful phrase which means it is legitimately perfect for a super bowl commercial
— Charlie Warzel (@cwarzel) March 23, 2020
People responding to the video on Twitter were left scratching their heads too. What exactly does that mean? Literally nothing is built to be shut down and the president is just incredibly stupid. That’s pretty much how the comments read too. Check out the top reactions left on the video below: