First Lady Melania Trump tried to suggest Saturday that her husband’s policies had led to a dramatic decrease in drug overdose deaths and an increase in overall life expectancy, only to get reprimanded on social media for making up fake facts to try and promote the policies of the Trump administration.
From her official White House Twitter account, Melania posted this message:
For the first time in 29 years, drug overdose deaths have dropped by 4.1% and life expectancy has increased by 4 years! Proud of this administration for ensuring a safer and healthier future for our nations children. #BeBest https://t.co/UwwKaVl7Dx
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) February 1, 2020
But as CNN reported earlier this week, the increase in life expectancy was much more modest than the First Lady claimed:
“Life expectancy in the United States in 2018 was 78.7 years — an increase of 0.1 year compared with life expectancy of 78.6 years in 2017, the NCHS reported in a study published Thursday. The 2018 estimate remains lower than the peak of 78.9 years in 2014.”
It didn’t take long for others on Twitter to set Mrs. Trump straight on the facts:
Um, life expectancy increased by 0.1 tenth of a year, that’s 5.2 weeks. Facts matter. Stop lying. https://t.co/WWQoh7iCKY
— Nurse_Petty_845 ????? (@lizrocks606) February 2, 2020
And which of your husband’s policies did this for America? It’s ridiculous to say the President is responsible for these statistics. Laughable.
— Trina M (@Mommyguts) February 1, 2020
Including the kids in cages, Melania? They’re well cared for with no toothbrushes, beds, blankets. Be proud.
— Sandra Harwitt (@TennisGrapevine) February 1, 2020
This administration has nothing to do with the new drug Naltrexone. Its been distributed into homes since Obama. You spray it up the addicts nose when they are overdosing. It gives you time to call the ambulance and saves lives. You have done nothing.
— Kasper (@Casper09531036) February 1, 2020
You instead have people dying bcuz they can’t afford healthcare or they have to ration their insulin or they’re getting shot, or they’re locked in a cage & can’t get proper medical care or vaccine for flu. Anything I’m leaving out?
— PreXisting Filthy Mouth (@ElaineRaeBell) February 2, 2020
Tell us Melania, what contributions to this success story can actually be attributed to this Administration?
— WTF (@chris73451067) February 1, 2020
You lie. Life expectancy increased by 1 month. Oh, and life expectancy was higher in 2014, remember President Obama.
— charlie (@TheOldOlaf) February 1, 2020
What has trump done to reduce overdose deaths??? He has done nothing… Melania has done Even less…. These people pat themselves on their backs based on other’s success. Trump doesn’t care about kids, or anyone who has a drug dependency. He is trying to reduce health care.
— Nancy wade (@Nancywa43998634) February 1, 2020
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