About 150,000 Americans and counting have died due to the Coronavirus. Throughout the crisis, President Donald Trump has refused to take the situation seriously — he has denied the reality at hand and deflected responsibility for the crisis’s latest developments. For instance, his racist insistence upon calling the Coronavirus the “China Virus” seems meant, in part, to pin blame for the virus on China, as if they’re responsible for the abject policy failures of Trump’s own administration. In a new video ad, which they’ve titled “Memories,” the anti-Trump Republicans behind The Lincoln Project outline some of “the moments COVID took from us” and call on Americans to take this upcoming presidential election very seriously.
In the video, a narrator says:
‘These are the moments COVID took from us: a child’s birthday. Time spent with friends. A first kiss, or the big day. A homecoming game on a cool fall evening. The first day of college, or a proud graduation. Dreams of starting a business, and building a legacy. Lifting our hearts in prayer and sharing our faith in God, together. The blessing of a peaceful passing of an elderly parent, surrounded by family. COVID has robbed America of so much.’
That’s not, however, where the story ends. While the leaders of other countries took decisive steps to combat the virus, Trump and his associates did not. It took months for Trump to even get around to publicly promoting wearing face masks. Months.
In the Lincoln Project ad, the narrator adds:
‘None of this had to happen. We’ve suffered needlessly because Trump is a fool, a liar, and a failure. Most countries stopped it; Trump refused. It’s Trump’s virus now, and before it’s over, a million of us could die. What we’ve lost reminds us of the stakes this November. It truly is a choice: America or Trump.’
Check out the video below:
The Trump Virus has robbed us of the moments that make life worth living.
It didn't have to be this way. pic.twitter.com/jY0fcG07a1
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) July 28, 2020
In appalling acts of deadly cruelty, Trump and his political allies have repeatedly claimed that those concerned about the virus are just trying to make the president look bad. That could not be further from the truth. Many Americans have already died, and even among those who survive the disease, there could be long-term illnesses.
Check out Twitter’s response to the new Lincoln Project video below: