President Donald Trump had the gall to criticize Sweden for not responding to the coronavirus pandemic quickly enough, resulting in a barrage of replies calling him out for hypocrisy.
Unlike neighboring nations, Sweden waited too long to initiate social distancing and lockdowns, and that’s why the death toll there is much higher than it could have been had the government acted sooner. However, the way Sweden has responded since has been praise-worthy.
But Trump took aim at Sweden on Twitter, clearly jealous that Sweden is getting credited for doing a good job now while he is not.
Despite reports to the contrary, Sweden is paying heavily for its decision not to lockdown. As of today, 2462 people have died there, a much higher number than the neighboring countries of Norway (207), Finland (206) or Denmark (443). The United States made the correct decision!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 30, 2020
The problem for Trump is that he ignored the virus for months and downplayed it. And even after the virus began spreading like wildfire here, he still acted too late and none of his actions are consistent with what health experts recommend to flatten the curve. He has failed to get vital supplies to hospitals, he attacked governors, defunded the World Health Organization, and intends to re-open the country early even though it could trigger a second wave of the virus.
It’s a parade of bad decisions that have resulted in a death toll over 61,000, more than the number of Americans killed in the entire Vietnam War, and 58,000 more deaths than in Sweden.
Americans jumped down Trump’s throat over this clear hypocrisy.
1) It’s a media “hoax.”
2) It’s the flu.
3) It’s contained.
4) It’s Obama’s fault.
5) 200,000 Americans could die.
6) 100,000 Americans could die.
7) We’re doing a great job!
8) it’s the WHO’s fault
And now we’re opening? – look to more responsible leader! #TrumpVirus
— ™ (@hiffeyfc) April 30, 2020
help me understand, which of your amazing decisions were correct? was it the one to spend January and February golfing and holding rallies? the decision to never read your daily briefings? the decision to give people to bright idea of guzzling clorox? so many ace decisions, brah
— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) April 30, 2020
Your legacy will be that of an American fascist who was responsible for innumerable deaths related to the Coronavirus.
— Jeffrey Guterman (@JeffreyGuterman) April 30, 2020
— Tom Joseph (@TomJChicago) April 30, 2020
The United States did not make “the correct decision”
Coronavirus has now killed more Americans than died in the Vietnam War
— Edward Hardy (@EdwardTHardy) April 30, 2020
The governors made the correct decision. You called it a hoax and went to rallies
— Jaynie’s Got a Bun (@FreeGirlNowNYC) April 30, 2020
Trump’s response –
Plan A – It will miraculously disappear
Plan B – Play golf, ignore it.
Plan C – Warm weather
Plan D – Hydroxychloroquine
Plan E – Injecting bleach into the lungs
Plan F – Commemorative coins
Plan G – Pretend everything’s fine
— Jay Lionel (@JayLionel7) April 30, 2020
Compared to Trump, Sweden is doing a much better job. At least the Swedish government realizes they made a mistake and have been working to make things right ever since. The same cannot be said of Trump at all.
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