Donald Trump continues to push utter misrepresentations of the actual reality of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. As untold numbers of Americans struggle through the public health and economic effects of the chaos, Trump apparently wants observers to believe that, in some areas of the country, the situation isn’t all that bad!
In a Saturday Twitter diatribe against “lockdowns” that are meant to curb the spread of the virus, Trump claimed that “Florida & others are open & doing well” — but as of about the time of his post, over 5,600 Floridians were hospitalized with COVID-19. Who’s going to cover medical bills for patients among that total who don’t have adequate insurance? What if some of those patients are missing out on critical work income because of their time in the hospital, while Trump himself unnecessarily delays the implementation of new federal unemployment support that Congress recently approved? Trump has complained about a new relief package — after Congress went through the turmoil of passing the bill. The legislation is awaiting his signature.
While in Florida for the holiday season, Trump tweeted as follows:
‘The lockdowns in Democrat run states are absolutely ruining the lives of so many people – Far more than the damage that would be caused by the China Virus. Cases in California have risen despite the lockdown, yet Florida & others are open & doing well. Common sense please!’
The lockdowns in Democrat run states are absolutely ruining the lives of so many people – Far more than the damage that would be caused by the China Virus. Cases in California have risen despite the lockdown, yet Florida & others are open & doing well. Common sense please!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 26, 2020
In reality, on Christmas Eve — just this past Thursday — Florida reported a little over 13,000 new COVID-19 cases and 121 COVID-19 deaths, and as of the time of Trump’s post, the state’s number of total COVID-19 fatalities stood at 20,995. Trump’s notion that the state is “doing well” is just a gross misrepresentation of reality.
Trump’s complaints about the COVID-19 relief package that Congress recently approved include the notion that planned one-time direct payments to Americans of $600 are too small — but if he’s so genuinely concerned about the payment amount, then why is now when he’s publicly raising this issue? He had months! Fundamentally, he’s now turning the relief process into a dragged out spectacle, despite the fact that members of Congress already came up with a ready-to-go relief plan.
Check out Twitter’s response to Trump below: