President Donald Trump and his allies spent the early parts of 2020 dismissing the threat from the Coronavirus, and now, tens of thousands of Americans are dead, and the total death toll in the U.S. will soon hit 100,000. New research has come out from Columbia University outlining that if social distancing demands had been enacted in the United States just a week or two earlier than their actual implementation date, tens of thousands of lives could have been saved via cutting off the virus’s exponential spread at an earlier point. On Twitter this Thursday, Hillary Clinton publicly called out Trump for leaving Americans to die.
WOW: New research from Columbia University finds if social distancing in U.S. "had been in place seven days earlier…the U.S. could have prevented 36,000 deaths through early May — about 40 percent of fatalities reported to date." Now If only Trump didn't think it was a "Hoax" https://t.co/SvxL5Vrcoy
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) May 21, 2020
‘Yesterday, Trump was asked what he would have done differently to avoid the U.S. accounting for 30% of the world’s COVID-19 cases. His response: “Well, nothing.” The real answer: By acting earlier, he could have saved tens of thousands of lives.’
Yesterday, Trump was asked what he would have done differently to avoid the U.S. accounting for 30% of the world's COVID-19 cases.
His response: "Well, nothing."
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) May 21, 2020
According to the estimates, by May 3, over 50,000 lives could have been saved if social distancing demands were enacted two weeks prior to their actual implementation in the U.S. Over 30,000 lives could have been saved if social distancing demands were enacted just one week prior to their actual implementation. And yet, as Hillary noted, even as the Coronavirus death toll climbs into staggering levels, Trump continues to congratulate himself for a supposed job well done and insisted this week at the White House that he would not have responded differently to the pandemic, even with the benefit of hindsight.
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— Michael E. Mann (@MichaelEMann) May 20, 2020
Trump’s incompetent belligerence has cost tens of thousands of American lives. But he and his Republican buddies in Congress seem consistently more concerned with protecting their political power through means like the punitive subpoenas for Trump opponents that the Senate GOP has recently set in motion amidst the pandemic.
REPORTER: The US has 4 percent of the world's population and 30 percent of the Covid-19 cases. What would you have done differently?
TRUMP: "Well, nothing." pic.twitter.com/5ajRCKuI10
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 20, 2020
Check out Twitter’s response to Hillary below: