This Wednesday, First Lady Melania Trump posted a message on Twitter of condolences to those who have lost loved ones amidst the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic — but it was not exactly received well by all who saw it. Amidst the crisis, “thoughts and prayers” are needed a whole lot less than the crucial, lifesaving supplies that authorities around the country have been after. These supplies include ventilators, personal protective equipment like masks, and more — which Melania’s husband, the president, completely baselessly suggested medical personnel were hoarding at a recent press conference.
Congratulations to the pundits who lauded Trump's "new and somber tone" 30 minutes ago when he was talking about the 100,000 dead Americans. Now, he's attacking Comey and McCabe (like old times) and criticizing Cuomo for asking for the medical supplies he needs to save lives.
— Marshall Cohen (@MarshallCohen) March 31, 2020
Melania’s message, it’s worth noting, even included an apparent typo. (She wrote “love ones” instead of “loved ones.”) After weeks of glib dismissal of the Coronavirus’s significance followed by weeks more of the president lashing out opponents left and right while Coronavirus cases and deaths grew and grew, this misspelled Twitter message is what we get.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo's communications director responds to President Trump's comments:
"This is not the time to debate but the states were not slow to respond — the federal government was absent."
— David Gura 🏡 (@davidgura) April 1, 2020
‘Sincere condolences to the families who have lost love ones to #COVID19, and to anyone who is sick, you are in our thoughts & prayers to get better soon.’
Sincere condolences to the families who have lost love ones to #COVID19, and to anyone who is sick, you are in our thoughts & prayers to get better soon.
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) April 1, 2020
Her message, it’s worth noting, came the day after President Trump adopted what some observers initially called an especially somber tone at a White House press conference. At that press conference, he and public health officials including Dr. Deborah Birx and Dr. Anthony Fauci discussed projections from the University of Washington that the U.S. could suffer 100,000 or more deaths before the Coronavirus crisis winds down, which, to put the figure in perspective, is higher than an estimate of total American deaths during the entire Vietnam War.
Trump on Cuomo asking the federal government to do more to get ventilators to the states: "The problem is, with some people, no matter what you give, it is never enough, never enough." pic.twitter.com/zvGjgoOUBu
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 31, 2020
Check out Twitter’s response to Melania: