President Donald Trump is frantically insisting that he took the coronavirus pandemic “seriously” from the beginning, only to be countered by Twitter with his own words and lack of actions.
Make no mistake, Trump has responded poorly to this outbreak from the beginning. Not only did he dismantle the nation’s infrastructure that kept us prepared for a potential pandemic, he failed to listen to outgoing Obama administration officials who tried to prep his team to handle a pandemic from Asia.
And then once the coronavirus arrived, he denied that it even existed, calling it a “hoax” and telling his supporters not to take it seriously.
Now over 6,500 hundred cases are being reported in the United States and the death toll has climbed past 100. Trump’s poor response also included not getting the medical community supplies it needs such as tests, masks and ventilators. So, it stands to reason that far more people could be infected than what it being reported.
Despite his repeated failures, Trump refuses to take responsibility, even going so far as to blame China for the virus by calling it the “Chinese virus”, a racist dog-whistle that will likely increase prejudice and bigotry against Asian people.
Trump is also pretending that he always took the pandemic seriously.
I always treated the Chinese Virus very seriously, and have done a very good job from the beginning, including my very early decision to close the “borders” from China – against the wishes of almost all. Many lives were saved. The Fake News new narrative is disgraceful & false!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 18, 2020
Twitter users were not amused, and took Trump to the woodshed for his racism and lies.
Your response to the virus was late. You have lied and minimized. Your conduct has put people in danger and may result in deaths. Millions will die. You are a menace to the world. Resign or lose.
— Jeffrey Guterman (@JeffreyGuterman) March 18, 2020
Is #TrumpPandemic trending yet?
— (((Howard Forman))) (@thehowie) March 18, 2020
— Andy Ostroy (@AndyOstroy) March 18, 2020
cool damage control bro. too bad you left a paper, audio and video trail of seven weeks of incompetence and lies. hashtag sad
— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) March 18, 2020
You’re a disgrace. I worked in the ER last night. 1/3 of my patients should have been tested and I couldn’t test them. That’s on you. While you were calling it a hoax we were preparing to save lives.
— Dr. Rob Davidson (@DrRobDavidson) March 18, 2020
Even after everything, Trump will never take responsibility.
His Presidency is a failure and that’s how it will always be remembered.
— Nick Jack Pappas (@Pappiness) March 18, 2020
This is a lie. You squandered 8-12 weeks. More Americans will die. Your failure is the greatest blunder in presidential history.
— Jennifer Rubin (@JRubinBlogger) March 18, 2020
— Bishop Talbert Swan (@TalbertSwan) March 18, 2020
— .Hailo (@HailoBieber) March 18, 2020
This pandemic is Trump’s greatest blunder. He thought he could just tweet the virus away instead of listening to scientists and taking action when he had every opportunity to get ahead of the crisis. Now Americans are dying and he is refusing to take responsibility. That’s not leadership. That’s cowardice.
And the coronavirus could sink his presidency.
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