President Donald Trump is attempting to use the coronavirus outbreak in the United States to build momentum for his long-promised wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, and Twitter is pushing back on his scare tactics.
On Tuesday morning, the president retweeted a post from Charlie Kirk, the founder of Turning Point USA, a group that all but worships Trump and supports him no matter what he says or does. The tweet from Kirk suggests that the border wall would have helped prevent coronavirus from getting to the United States, which is patently untrue:
Going up fast. We need the Wall more than ever! https://t.co/7TxErJKAgT
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 10, 2020
The blatant racism and xenophobia in the posting by Trump and Kirk drew sharp criticism:
How in the world would a wall at the southern border prevent the spread of the virus? It’s ALREADY HERE. pic.twitter.com/SGlzoTLqVq
— D Villella ❄️ (@dvillella) March 10, 2020
Building a wall around Cruz, Gaetz, and yourself to quarantine the Coronavirus should be priority right now.
— Angela Belcamino (@AngelaBelcamino) March 10, 2020
Just admit you don’t know where Wuhan China is located. ?
— Jules Morgan (@glamelegance) March 10, 2020
The #coronavirus did not come into our country from the southern border, moron. It came here because you didn’t not acknowledge the prevalence/severity of it and didn’t have those who flew in from countries affected, self-isolate. There is no leadership, only obfuscation.
— Dawn Votes Blue No Matter Who (@viewsfordays) March 10, 2020
In all seriousness, with our 756 cases rising exponentially due limited testing and prevention, and Mexico’s 7 cases, it would not be surprising if Mexico starts quarantining or blocking Americans entering Mexico.
— David Rothschild (@DavMicRot) March 10, 2020
What exactly would the wall do for this situation other than create another surface for the virus to live on? Americans coughing on it would just spread the virus to Mexico. Mexico has universal healthcare. Mexico only has 7 cases of Coronavirus. This tweet is disgusting.
— Kristen (@KristenKfromGA) March 10, 2020
No. Americans need Test Kits. They needed them a month ago. You cut the CDC funding needed to fight the Pandemic.
More Canadians have COVID than Mexico so once again you aren’t telling the truth.
— ✨☮? Kim Ruxton ?☮✨ (@KimRuxton) March 10, 2020
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