Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani on Thursday peddled deeply misleading statistics about the coronavirus pandemic that he heard from right-wing activist Candace Owens.
In a tweet, Giuliani argued that COVID-19 had "only" killed 1,000 Americans so far this year, compared to approximately 7,500 people who die in the United States every day.
What Giuliani fails to mention, however, has been the rapid acceleration of both the disease's spread and the number of people who have been dying from it.
As cardiac electrophysiologist Kashif Chaudhry documented earlier this week, it took the world a full 60 days to hit 10,000 COVID-19 deaths, and then just six days after that to hit 20,000 COVID-19 deaths.
The increase in the number of deaths in the United States has been similarly increasing exponentially. So while it's true that "only" 1,000 people have so far died from the disease, 223 of those people died on Wednesday alone, whereas 164 of those deaths occurred the day before that.
Giuliani's Twitter followers tore him apart for his mathematical ignorance about coronavirus fatalities -- check out some reactions below.
@RudyGiuliani @RealCandaceO You are going to get people killed. Just shut up and let the scientists make the calls. https://t.co/SlAqfMbFjZ— Chris B (@Chris B) 1585241836.0
@RudyGiuliani @RealCandaceO Stick to drinking.— John Weaver (@John Weaver) 1585242899.0
@RudyGiuliani @RealCandaceO When does your volunteer shift start in the hospitals, Rudy?— SSton (@SSton) 1585241848.0
@RudyGiuliani @RealCandaceO Yep, so also 9/11 wasn’t really a big deal, was it?— Antonio Bachis (@Antonio Bachis) 1585241704.0
@RudyGiuliani @RealCandaceO Oh shit everything must be fine then. Candace is a health policy expert.— Wu-Tang Financial 🥑 (@Wu-Tang Financial 🥑) 1585242325.0
@RudyGiuliani @RealCandaceO Someday, you too will be a statistic. That’s a comforting thought. Thank you.— The Hoarse Whisperer (@The Hoarse Whisperer) 1585243448.0
@RudyGiuliani @RealCandaceO NYC alone has more than 4000 hospitalizations TODAY. Stop trying to equate numbers spre… https://t.co/LTDMHSm8we— Lynn Jones (@Lynn Jones) 1585243315.0
@RudyGiuliani @RealCandaceO https://t.co/WiFDD0PhnW— Steve B (@Steve B) 1585241637.0
@RudyGiuliani @RealCandaceO Well then why don’t you consider sacrificing yourself for the greater good to satiate t… https://t.co/wI4K9RMruk— lepton939 (@lepton939) 1585242037.0
@RudyGiuliani @RealCandaceO Just a little perspective" Hospitals are overwhelmed! People are dieing Alone sealed of… https://t.co/5mbmdcdrOQ— Angel Lusso-Harris (@Angel Lusso-Harris) 1585242552.0
@RudyGiuliani @RealCandaceO You're a ghoul, Candace sold her soul, and you're both culpable for the illness and dea… https://t.co/EGp9SJqUSL— John Pavlovitz (@John Pavlovitz) 1585243116.0
@RudyGiuliani @RealCandaceO This is eugenics, but I am not surprised to see that Ms. Hitler Defender is pushing it.… https://t.co/Mei8UNECWR— Brooke Binkowski (@Brooke Binkowski) 1585243983.0
@RudyGiuliani @RealCandaceO Only 3000 people died on 9/11. No big deal.— The Guillotine Shouter (@The Guillotine Shouter) 1585243240.0
@RudyGiuliani Why does no one ever talk about all the people that can breathe without a machine?— pourmecoffee (@pourmecoffee) 1585243905.0
@RudyGiuliani @RealCandaceO You were saying, Booty? https://t.co/R6YLfKPzZP— Jo (@Jo) 1585244091.0