After Twitter began fact-checking Trump’s lies about mail-in voting on Tuesday, the president signed an executive order threatening social media companies on Thursday, saying that he is defending free speech.
House Representative Adam Schiff (CA-D) issued a strong response to Trump, reminding him of what is most important in this country right now.
The fact that 100,000 deaths mark Trump’s presidency is a grave indicator of his time in office thus far. The president called the safety and security of Americans his “highest obligation” although it now appears he has fallen very short of that.
According to USA Today:
‘Some disarray is inevitable during a rapidly evolving crisis, and COVID-19 is the worst health disaster the world has faced in a century. But Trump has compounded the damage by undermining his administration’s scientists, heralding a risky antimalarial drug as a potential coronavirus game changer, ruminating about injecting patients with disinfectants, promoting magical thinking about the virus disappearing, and refusing to lead by example by wearing a mask in public.’
Twitter users agreed with Schiff’s comments:
It speaks volumes that the United States is the world’s richest and most powerful country, but yet has by far the largest number of known COVID-19 fatalities.
‘In barely three months, America has lost enough of its people to COVID-19 to fill its largest college football stadiums.’
The Trump administration had knowledge of the virus in early January, and experts raised warnings in the following weeks about a likely pandemic and possible shortage of medical equipment. However, Trump chose to sit idly by dimissing the threat.