President Donald Trump attacked former Vice President Joe Biden over the H1N1 epidemic in 2009 even though the coronavirus death toll on his watch is nearly ten times higher and Biden was not president at the time.
Back in 2009, the H1N1 virus killed 12,000 Americans. But it would have killed more had former President Barack Obama not declared a national emergency as quickly as he did and put in place a pandemic response process that had continued to be in existence until Trump dismantled it last year.
Under Trump’s watch, the coronavirus death toll has topped 100,000 and will likely reach 120,000 fairly quickly, which means the death toll from coronavirus will be ten times the number of deaths from H1N1.
And that’s all because Trump responded recklessly and incompetently to the virus despite being warned repeatedly about it.
But Trump still wants everyone to believe that H1N1 was worse and he even blamed Biden for it.
Joe Biden’s handling of the H1N1 Swine Flu was a complete and total disaster. Even polls on the matter were terrible!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 26, 2020
Biden was not president in 2009, and the Obama team saved thousands of lives by responding appropriately to the virus. It should also be pointed out that the economy did not implode under Obama, nor did people panic.
The same cannot be said about coronavirus under Trump.
The two pandemics are not even close to being comparable, nor are the responses to them from the White House.
Twitter users destroyed Trump’s tweet.
it’s un-Fox this tweet:
– Biden wasn’t handling H1N1 response
– swine flu killed 12,469 over two years
– covid-19 has killed 100,000 in three months
– Obama gave you a pandemic playbook. you threw it away!
– because no black man is going to tell Dear Leader what to do
— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) May 26, 2020
Imagine waking up from a golf weekend Diet Coke binger and thinking this was a smart comparison.
— Nick Jack Pappas (@Pappiness) May 26, 2020
You murdered 100,000 people, called Coronavirus a hoax, fired doctors, and told Americans to inject themselves with bleach.
Maybe you should shut the fuck up.
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) May 26, 2020
For the math-challenged:
100,000 dead in 3 months (covid-19)
— is way, way, way WORSE than —
12,000 dead in 1 YEAR (H1N1)
But you already know this, Spanky.
Wow, you are DESPERATE.
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) May 26, 2020
Trump should shut his mouth about H1N1. He’s just embarrassing himself while reminding Americans that our country once had responsible adults in the White House.
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