So here we are in the mad, mad, world of Donald Trump. He says one thing and does another. As Shakespeare would say: The lord tells lies, and all too easily.
Lie: Februray 7th, “the coronavirus would weaken “when we get into April….”
Fact: It didn’t.
Lie: February 27th, “It’s going to disappear. One day it’s like a miracle — it will disappear.”
Fact: It didn’t.
Lie: Multiple times, “If the economic shutdown continues, deaths by suicide definitely would be in far greater numbers than the numbers that we’re talking about for Covid19 deaths.”
Fact: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. But the number of people who died by suicide in 2017, for example, was roughly 47,000, nowhere near the COVID-19 estimates.
Lie: “The Obama White House’s response
to the H1N1 pandemic was a full scale disaster, with thousands dying,
and nothing meaningful done to fix the testing problem, until now.”
Fact: Barack Obama declared a public-health emergency two weeks after the
first U.S. cases of H1N1 were reported, in California. (Trump declared a
national emergency more than seven weeks after the first domestic
COVID-19 case was reported, in Washington State.)
Lie: “We inherited a broken, bad, and obsolete test for the coronavirus.”
Fact: The novel coronavirus did not exist in humans during the Obama administration. Public-health experts agree that, because of that fact, the CDC could not have produced a test, and thus a new test had to be developed this year.
pandemic long before it was called a pandemic … I’ve always viewed it as
Fact: Trump has repeatedly
downplayed the significance of COVID-19 as outbreaks began stateside.
From calling criticism of his handling of the virus a “hoax,” to comparing the coronavirus to a common flu, to worrying about letting sick Americans off cruise ships because they would increase the number of confirmed cases, Trump has used his public statements to send mixed messages and sow doubt about the outbreak’s seriousness.
|Enoch Powell preaching Trump Hate back in 1968.|