Trump White House counselor Kellyanne Conway on Wednesday uncorked a scientifically illiterate rant about the coronavirus in which she blamed the World Health Organization for not having the situation better under control.
"This is COVID-19, not COVID-1, folks!" Conway said during an interview on "Fox & Friends." "And so you would think the people in charge of the World Health Organization facts and figures should be on top of that right now."
In reality, the "19" at the end of COVID-19 denotes it as a strain of the virus that was discovered in 2019, rather than marking it as the 19th overall strain of the virus.
Conway's seeming ignorance of this very basic fact earned her scorn and ridicule from across Twitter -- check out some reactions below.
All 19 Covids, Ranked— Eric Levitz (@Eric Levitz)1586957757.0
@maxsparber @revrrlewis She hasn't seen the first 2000 Space Odysseys either.— pncwho 😷 (@pncwho 😷)1586954393.0
@revrrlewis when you think that Malcolm X was the successor to Malcolm IX— Dave Itzkoff (@Dave Itzkoff)1586953011.0
@revrrlewis When Prince released the album 1999, my first thought was it took him 1998 albums to write Little Red Corvette?— 𝕞𝕒𝕣𝕜 𝕫𝕠𝕙𝕒𝕣 (@𝕞𝕒𝕣𝕜 𝕫𝕠𝕙𝕒𝕣)1586953895.0
Kellyanne thought it was called COVID-19 because it’s the 19th version of the virus LMFAO https://t.co/CnwTWHrupu— Barstool News Network (@Barstool News Network)1586955861.0
No wonder the WHO has lost the plot, they didn't even bother watching the first 18 COVIDs. https://t.co/HdvrAYN28d— Jonathan Chait (@Jonathan Chait)1586955569.0
Kellyanne is entirely too smart to pretend to be this dumb on national television. For those of you who don’t kno… https://t.co/eVXxfsAZKX— Angry Staffer (@Angry Staffer)1586953570.0
Kellyanne is not dumb, folks. She's rather intelligent. She's simply gaslighting, depending on the fact that the pr… https://t.co/ssqpIhjK10— Bradley P. Moss (@Bradley P. Moss)1586957258.0
@JenniferJJacobs "I'm so covid and 8 , you're so covid and late" - Kellyanne Conway— pjhurray (@pjhurray)1586952854.0