The belligerent incompetence of President Donald Trump has consistently put the entire nation at risk amidst the Coronavirus pandemic. According to one prominent tally, over 158,000 Americans have died, and the University of Washington estimates that tens of thousands more could die over coming weeks and months, but Trump is still struggling to grasp the basic facts of the situation, and he’s trying to use lies to mask how badly he’s led the nation. On Twitter this Monday morning, Hillary Clinton helped lay out the facts of the president’s misconduct, which has put countless lives at risk.
Clinton linked to a new piece from The Atlantic that’s titled “How the Pandemic Defeated America.” She wrote:
‘@TheAtlantic has a new and comprehensive accounting of the administration’s failure to control the coronavirus. It is devastating. “With impunity, Trump lied. With impunity, the virus spread.”‘
.@TheAtlantic has a new and comprehensive accounting of the administration's failure to control the coronavirus. It is devastating.
"With impunity, Trump lied. With impunity, the virus spread." https://t.co/z1h2ToA79T
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 3, 2020
It’s true — Trump has lied throughout the duration of the crisis. For instance, he has claimed that concern about the virus was just some kind of conspiracy to make him look bad. He claimed towards the start of the pandemic that anyone who wanted a test could get one. At the time, that was untrue. He claimed that the virus might just go away on its own. That too was a lie, and he had no evidence for his claims. More recently, he has claimed — among other things — that the U.S. had the “best” Coronavirus mortality rate in the world (it doesn’t) and that the country has so many cases because it does so much testing. Tests, however, do not create cases or singlehandedly make them relevant.
As recently as the very same morning that Clinton posted the above tweet, Trump claimed:
‘Cases up because of BIG Testing!’
It would take only a basic understanding of basic science to understand how Trump’s claim is pointlessly wrong. Cases are up because the virus is spreading; lots of recent data has shown the virus spreading at a faster rate than testing has increased. Trump seems to prioritize his public image over reality.
This is the kind of comment that makes it so hard to open schools safely
We need to get our kids back to school
But we can't do it with noise and bluster
We need to:
stop polarizing the issue
stop pitting teachers vs kids
make this a science-based discussion
So frustrating https://t.co/zS9HAaW73C
— Ashish K. Jha (@ashishkjha) August 3, 2020
Check out Twitter’s response to Hillary below: