When Donald Trump was first briefed about the growing threat of COVID-19 coming to the United States, he had a real chance to be a leader. In fact, he could have undone most of the negativity around his presidency with a firm, well thought out, decisive, and effective response to the threat.
Instead, he treated the daily briefings about the threat like a campaign rally opportunity. He ignored the briefings. He called the virus a “hoax.” He insisted he had “no responsibility” for his response to the virus. He suggested doctors inject patients with disinfectant. And when the daily briefings, meant to keep Americans informed about the progress of the virus and the response to it, began to hurt him in polls and couldn’t be used as a makeshift campaign rally, he ended them.
That has been his response to the virus.
Trump knew about coronavirus and did nothing.
And now he wants *us* to live with it. pic.twitter.com/gMNqS9zflT
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) July 12, 2020
On Sunday, The Lincoln Project released a new ad hitting Trump on his response to the virus, which has left more than 132,000 people dead and millions sick. In the ad, a voiceover says:
‘There was a day earlier this year when our nation’s intelligence and health experts pleaded with Donald Trump to take the coronavirus seriously. Did he listen? No. What did he do? He probably scrolled through his Twitter feed, or daydreamed about his next rally, or asked Lindsey Graham to play golf, or ordered fewer tests. And now, more than 130,000 Americans are dead.’
The ad hits Trump exactly where it should, in his inability to lead our country.
Twitter was very responsive to the new ad. Read some of their comments below:
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