In a Sunday evening coronavirus press briefing President Donald Trump not only extended the federal government's social distancing policies to April 30, he extended beyond credulity what most would consider a good job.
Many are outraged after the President declared that he could have done nothing to battle the coronavirus pandemic and, according to scientific models, 2.2 million Americans would have died. Trump on Sunday then declared if less than 200,000 people in the U.S. die from coronavirus he should be praised.
“And so, if we could hold that down, as we’re saying, to 100,000 – it’s a horrible number, maybe even less, but to 100,000, so we have between 100 [thousand] and 200,000 [coronavirus deaths] – we altogether have done a very good job.”
Trump last month: “The 15 within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero. That’s a pretty good job we… https://t.co/YLVaYFwfhR— Keith Boykin (@Keith Boykin) 1585531748.0
The outrage has been palpable.
Pretty chilling that Trump is saying that it will be a *victory* if we keep deaths somewhere between 100,000-200,000— Saagar Enjeti (@Saagar Enjeti) 1585520715.0
You heard it, folks. Trump is saying he should be congratulated if the number of COVID-45 deaths remain below 200,0… https://t.co/52kGaGCzny— 🔥Reverend Aiden (@🔥Reverend Aiden) 1585520889.0
@ddale8 Trump is ready to hang a "Mission Accomplished" sign over 100,000 caskets Think about that Real lives los… https://t.co/ogEHMjZJSx— Denise Shearin 🌊 😷 (@Denise Shearin 🌊 😷) 1585521469.0
That Trump can go from it's a "hoax" and soon the number "will be close to zero" to if the number of dead is "betwe… https://t.co/CtvOif0Hrw— Peter Gleick 🇺🇸 (@Peter Gleick 🇺🇸) 1585547656.0
Some 58,000 Americans died in Vietnam. A little over 36,000 in Korea. trump is acting as if 100,000 deaths from a virus is no big deal.— Jerry 🎅 (@Jerry 🎅) 1585525210.0
Bush ignored the August 2001 memo and 3,000 died in 9/11. Trump was fully briefed on handling pandemics & threw th… https://t.co/8lFx72N3P1— Richard Hine (@Richard Hine) 1585549836.0
Trump’s goalposts have rapidly moved from: - 15 cases soon to be zero -we’ll be open by Easter -only 100,000 dea… https://t.co/UdLPEJ94xr— Stephen Webber (@Stephen Webber) 1585522202.0
If you’re a Trump supporter, and you go from calling this pandemic a, “democrat hoax”, to, “2.2 million people coul… https://t.co/zrm9IlAf2F— Jo (@Jo) 1585522630.0
Never thought there’d be a day when “200,000 deaths” and “the greatest president of all time” were used in the same… https://t.co/kqPgpxaFwB— Matt McDermott (@Matt McDermott) 1585569981.0
I think we can all agree that we'll all owe Trump a huge thank you if 100,000 Americans die of a pandemic that he i… https://t.co/L0HPk81xLb— David Roth (@David Roth) 1585522743.0
Trump said today that if fewer than 100,000 Americans die he will consider that he did a good job. Is that statem… https://t.co/1kT1Z9RWq9— Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈 (@Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈) 1585530646.0
Speechless. Trump wants credit for doing *something* rather than *nothing*--the lowest possible bar. Yes, it's imp… https://t.co/2lcTPldqJx— Mary Nelson (@Mary Nelson) 1585521012.0
Yup. Let's not let him get away with this. https://t.co/EK7PTQterv— Greg Sargent (@Greg Sargent) 1585571177.0