President Donald Trump tried to reassure the public that his coronavirus response was going well, but the markets tumbled as he spoke and social media users reacted in alarm.
In what’s become a daily occurrence during the COVID-19 outbreak, Twitter users responded to the president’s attempts to calm the public and the stock market.
Trump just thanked Carnival cruise line. Everybody drink!
— Molly Jong-Fast🏡 (@MollyJongFast) March 19, 2020
I’ve come to the stunning realization that in the interest of public health and safety maybe Trump just shouldn’t be leading these press conferences any more.
— Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) March 19, 2020
Friendly reminder to news outlets that you do not need to air these press conferences, either live or on a delay.
At this point, you're enabling the spread of mis/disinformation. https://t.co/k8nG3V2f3G
— Amy Sullivan (@sullivanamy) March 19, 2020
The President’s refusal to use his power under the Defense Production Act to get our companies making the equipment we are ALREADY running out of is bewildering to me. States CANNOT do it. The time was YESTERDAY not tomorrow.
— Jim Himes (@jahimes) March 19, 2020
Oh, good to see that once again we can't actually answer the questions asked, but just start rambling about something completely unrelated that upsets us about something that someone said about us 6 weeks ago.
— Doug Gray (@dougdirt24) March 19, 2020
You know what part of these press conferences make me the most reassured? When the president takes the lectern with three pounds of poorly applied orange makeup.
— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) March 19, 2020
Let’s hope it’s not just a typical mouth fart he either claims he never said or claims means something different from what it obviously means https://t.co/j6fuWFeiey
— Roy Edroso (@edroso) March 19, 2020
Trump: "We were very prepared. The only thing we weren't prepared for was the media."
— S.E. Cupp (@secupp) March 19, 2020
Fact Check: True. No President has screwed up a life-or-death crisis as badly as this one. https://t.co/UTz5GsfjwC
— Ronald Klain (@RonaldKlain) March 19, 2020
Trump seems to be particularly dumb and awful today.
— Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) March 19, 2020
You know who closed their border to people from China before the United States? Italy. Just fucking stop as if that was some great action.
— The Rude Pundit (@rudepundit) March 19, 2020
"Other countries are following what I did."
This is so far beyond lying or gaslighting we'll have to come up with a new word for it.
— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) March 19, 2020
At the World Economic Forum in January, business leaders privately expressed their concerns about the coronavirus directly to Trump. He essentially told them he was convinced China had everything under control and no one should worry. https://t.co/sBg6wxiGgy https://t.co/ug7AVCCuB5
— Brian Schwartz (@schwartzbCNBC) March 19, 2020
Whenever Fauci's not on screen, all the other characters should be asking, https://t.co/aceCz8GdHL
— Alex Yablon (@AlexYablon) March 19, 2020
Seriously: does anyone on earth believe that Trump has the slightest idea what the Defense Production Act does, what steps he has to take to trigger it, what powers he gets if he does, what those powers would allow him to do, and why it might be good to do those things?
— hilzoy (@hilzoy) March 19, 2020
I think it’s time for the media to address the elephant in the room: Trump may be incapable of understanding the problem. It involves data, graphs, projections, connecting dots, conceptual thinking. I think he fundamentally cannot mentally grasp it.
— Asha Rangappa (@AshaRangappa_) March 19, 2020