President Donald Trump is consistently refusing to acknowledge the seriousness of the Coronavirus pandemic in the United States. Well over 150,000 Americans have died, but Trump and his political allies continue to congratulate themselves for a supposed job well done. During a Wednesday interview with Fox & Friends, Trump delusionally claimed that “this country has done a great job on the corona,” which is just complete and utter nonsense, which also serves as an excuse for Trump and his political allies to ignore the rising costs of the crisis. After all, they tell themselves, everything is great. (It’s not.)
"This country has done a great job on the corona."
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) August 5, 2020
Trump seems to use his brazen incompetence to support his utterly ridiculous, deadly, self-aggrandizing optimism about the Coronavirus situation in the United States. During his time on Fox & Friends, for instance, Trump claimed to the hosts that he thinks the virus “will go away like things go away” — which is an utterly ridiculous statement. It’s been months. The virus is not going to just magically go away.
‘My view is the schools should open. This thing is going away. It will go away like things go away, and my view is that schools should be open. If you look at children, children are almost — and I would almost say definitely, but almost immune from this disease. So few, they’ve gotten stronger — hard to believe, I don’t know how you feel about it, but they have much stronger immune systems than we do somehow for this.’
Watch his nonsense comments below:
Holy shit. Trump says, "My view is the schools should open. This thing is going away. It will go away like things go away, and my view is that schools should be open."
He then falsely claims kids are "almost immune" from Covid. Just stunningly irresponsible stuff. pic.twitter.com/G8tab1rzpA
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 5, 2020
Trump also again claimed that efforts to enact public health measures like caution around reopening schools are just conspiracies to make him look bad. They’re not. His claims that children are “almost immune” from the Coronavirus are false. Just within recent days, news has been circulating about how at least 250 Coronavirus cases emerged from a single overnight summer camp in Georgia. While some of the effects on the children with the disease may be less severe than the symptoms affecting adults, children have still required hospitalization and even died due to the Coronavirus. Furthermore, they could spread the virus to more vulnerable people, like those among the many adults who work on school campuses.
In short, Trump is continuing to put American lives at risk for his attempted political gain. As he claims that concern about the Coronavirus is just some kind of conspiracy to make him look bad, Americans are continuing to struggle through the health effects of the pandemic and related problems, like unemployment.