This past week, the Democratic Party held their 2020 convention, which was an all-online event due to the threat of the Coronavirus, which could easily spread at large in-person gatherings. On Friday, former President Barack Obama took to Twitter to point Americans to the fact that there is a chance for a better future for the country — if, and this is the crucial part, the country has “leaders with coherent plans to move us forward.” President Donald Trump has essentially never had a coherent plan to move the country forward amidst the Coronavirus pandemic, and the U.S. has suffered like few other locales anywhere else on the face of the earth.
Former President Obama tweeted:
‘While other countries around the world have successfully managed this pandemic, we’ve seen things get worse. It’s not too late for us to work towards recovery, but it’s going to require leaders with coherent plans to move us forward.’
While other countries around the world have successfully managed this pandemic, we've seen things get worse. It's not too late for us to work towards recovery, but it's going to require leaders with coherent plans to move us forward.https://t.co/qWNaFGUa4d
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 21, 2020
Trump’s so-called plan has included downplaying the very real threats from the Coronavirus for months on end. At an infamous South Carolina rally appearance in late February, Trump claimed that concern over the Coronavirus was a “hoax,” and on other occasions, he and his political allies claimed that efforts to bring attention to the threats from the virus were just attempts to make Trump look bad. These dismissals of the seriousness of the situation in the public remarks from the president and his allies were reflected in their policy decisions — for example, the administration dragged their feet big time on getting states and critical supplies that they needed. Now, according to one prominent tally, over 177,000 Americans have died due to the Coronavirus as of Friday afternoon.
The Coronavirus is one of many serious issues weighing on the U.S. political landscape heading into the general election, although it’s obviously a big one. According to FiveThirtyEight’s tally of relevant polling, only 38.7 percent of Americans approve of Trump’s response to the pandemic, as of early Friday. A full 57.9 percent of Americans, on average, say that they disapprove of Trump’s Coronavirus response as of the same point in time.
Check out Twitter’s response to Obama below: