President Donald Trump's remarks at an Allentown medical supply facility are being pointed to as proof he not only opposes testing for coronavirus but doesn't understand why Americans need to be tested.
And he's getting royally rousted for them.
On Thursday Trump visited an Owens & Minor distribution plant, telling employees in a speech that testing is overrated.
“It could be that testing’s frankly,” he said, taking a long pause, “ah, overrated?”
"When you test, you have a case. When you test, you find something is wrong with people. If we didn't do any testing we would have very few cases."
Upon learning of the President's remarks, many mocked him for what sounded like a suggestion there would be fewer people infected with coronavirus if there were less testing.
Dumbest Man on the Planet. https://t.co/7oWnLhldKI— The Hoarse Whisperer (@The Hoarse Whisperer)1589488704.0
Maybe he hasn't lost his mind. Maybe he never had one to begin with. Let me see if I understand his logic. If yo… https://t.co/hpnKBH7VtY— Joe Lockhart (@Joe Lockhart)1589493227.0
Honestly, this is something else. https://t.co/VJJYiyKJir— Sherrilyn Ifill (@Sherrilyn Ifill)1589487863.0
Remember, kids: You don’t want a baby? Stay away from pregnancy tests! https://t.co/12t7g4sj0n— Quinn Cummings (@Quinn Cummings)1589486258.0
“Can’t get pregnant unless you take a pregnancy test” https://t.co/Fl1Y0reVcl— Aki Peritz (@Aki Peritz)1589485871.0
And there it is! If you deny tests, people can’t blame you for the increase in cases. His strategy from day one. https://t.co/GHq3DqSKlk— Bryan Behar (@Bryan Behar)1589488600.0
If we never check people's glucose and A1C, we'll put an end to diabetes! https://t.co/TVkddLxYAj— Dr. Miranda Yaver (@Dr. Miranda Yaver)1589495185.0
My 10-year old heard this, immediately rolled her eyes and said, "That's so stupid! They still have it, they just… https://t.co/nyureDuahD— John Pavlovitz (@John Pavlovitz)1589488617.0
If we didn't do any testing, we would be blind to where the virus was spreading and unable to take effective action… https://t.co/JwtDK1emxx— Caroline Chen (@Caroline Chen)1589488438.0
If we didn't have no thermometers, there wouldn't be no whatchacallit globel warmin' https://t.co/RsYYkaHAwW— Stonekettle (@Stonekettle)1589488817.0
So if you never take a pregnancy test you can’t get pregnant? https://t.co/7ESAAKG9cz— johnny mac (@johnny mac)1589486213.0
Trump really seems to believe this virus would disappear if we just stopped testing for it. He is dangerously murde… https://t.co/EswNw2oymM— Andrew Wortman 🏳️🌈 (@Andrew Wortman 🏳️🌈)1589494395.0
So I shouldnt get my cancer screening cuz it might find cancer? https://t.co/k2rxcsmaqW— WeThePeople🇺🇸🇺🇸 (@WeThePeople🇺🇸🇺🇸)1589494844.0
Exactly. As long as your own eyes are covered during hide & seek, no one can see you. https://t.co/Kx7HER7CdE— Deborah Pearlstein (@Deborah Pearlstein)1589485896.0
And if we had very few cases, all those 86,248 dead Americans would be alive again. #VeryStableGenius https://t.co/bXcvzqNt2g— Cathy Davidson (@Cathy Davidson)1589494983.0
finally, a president willing to stand up against object permanence https://t.co/721aBjN14B— Josh Fruhlinger (@Josh Fruhlinger)1589487353.0
Congrats on curing cancer I guess https://t.co/MWr3Dn9zHR— andi zeisler (@andi zeisler)1589489422.0