Trump Turns Enemy #1 Online After Virus Ratings Brag

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Even as thousands of Americans die day after day from the Coronavirus outbreak, President Donald Trump remains absolutely obsessed with the television ratings of his daily Coronavirus press conferences, which frequently turn into venues for his paranoid meltdowns and antagonistic freakouts at reporters. This Tuesday, he again bragged about his supposedly always great television ratings, completely ignoring the fact that Americans would want to be tuning into his press conferences because of the need for lifesaving information. Trump seems more concerned with making himself look good, which attracted heaps of scorn.

He tweeted:

‘I’ve had great “ratings” my whole life, there’s nothing unusual about that for me. The White House News Conference ratings are “through the roof”(Monday Night Football, Bachelor Finale, @nytimes ) but I don’t care about that. I care about going around the Fake News to the PEOPLE!’

The number of times that Trump has quoted the article that compared the television ratings for his press conferences to those for Monday Night Football is absolutely staggering. Over and over and over again, he’s referenced the comparison, and all the while, the death toll from the Coronavirus has climbed up and up in the United States. As of early Tuesday, a full 42,500 Americans and counting had died from the Coronavirus.

To be abundantly clear, Trump’s idea that the press conferences provide some venue for him to spectacularly avoid the pitfalls of fake news is completely false. Trump spews lie after lie after lie at these press conferences. He’s claimed that he always took the virus seriously, but it took him until mid-March to even declare national social distancing guidelines. Earlier action could have helped stem the spread of the virus and saved lives.

Check out Twitter’s response…

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