According to President Donald Trump, you’re just as likely to die if you stay at home during the coronavirus pandemic as you are if you go out and expose yourself to people who may have the virus.
In a desperate attempt to rationalize reopening the country as soon as May 1, Trump said Friday at the daily Coronavirus Task Force press conference that he will make the final decision on exactly when it’s safe for the United States to return to the way things were before the virus arrived, telling reporters:
“Staying at home leads to death also. And it’s very traumatic for this country. Staying at home, if you look at numbers, that leads to a different kind of death, perhaps, but it leads to death also.”
Trump says it’s true that opening up could lead to death, but: “Staying at home leads to death also. And it’s very traumatic for this country. Staying at home, if you look at numbers, that leads to a different kind of death, perhaps, but it leads to death also.”
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) April 10, 2020
Using the president’s tortured and deeply flawed logic, one can also correctly say that breathing leads to death. As does sleeping. And standing. And working. And even existing, for that matter.
Trump’s top concern isn’t the health of anyone in this country. Instead, it’s his reelection and being able to hold his campaign rallies again. He’s terrified that he’s going to lose in November and needs to convince us that things are back to normal, even if they aren’t and may not be for a very long time.
But based on reactions to the president’s absurd comment about how staying at home is going put us all six feet under, most people aren’t convinced just yet:
Going OUT spreads the disease…
So, yes sometimes staying home, a person dies, and 80% of ventilator users die too..
But staying HOME save other people’s lives…
Trump never thinks about “others”.
— Darryl D (@OregonDarryl) April 10, 2020
I don’t know about Trump but I’d rather stay home than to have a breathing tube down my throat.
— rmc (@Thelast_try) April 10, 2020
I think he means election death
— Norman Ornstein (@NormOrnstein) April 10, 2020
Ah yes, death by…..um….survival. ?
— Adrian ”Elements of Medical” Wapcaplet (@AdrianWapcapIet) April 10, 2020
Staying at home leads to the death of the Republican Party and his Presidency. The latter being the only death he cares about.
— charlie (@TheOldOlaf) April 11, 2020
He means it’s traumatic for his campaign. He clearly doesn’t care about human beings.
— Elizabeth Rydan (@elizabeth_rydan) April 10, 2020
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