Reacting to a clip from Donald Trump’s rambling interview with Fox News’ Chris Wallace, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough said that the world is looking down on the U.S. because his administration has turned the country into a “basket case.”
Returning after a vacation, the MSNBC host unleashed a fusillade of frustration at the increase of coronavirus infections after viewing the president lying about the mortality rates.
As Scarborough noted while speaking with Jonathan Lemire of the Associated Press, other countries are refusing U.S. citizens entry within their borders and that the president has made us a “laughingstock.”
“I don’t know where to begin, Jonathan. He says the United States is the envy of the world,” he exclaimed. “We’re a basket case, we’re a laughingstock, we can’t even go to Europe, we can’t go to Canada, we can’t go to the Bahamas.”
“The Bahamian government this weekend said Americans stay away because you’re such a basket case,” he reported. “Who would ever believe that the country that has been home to half of the Nobel Prize winners for science since the 1950s would so badly fumble the worst pandemic in a century that even the Bahamas is saying, ‘listen, sorry, America, we don’t want your money that bad.'”
“How does he continue to get mortality rates wrong how does he say we’re the best in the world when Johns Hopkins continuously shows we’re one of the worst in the world — we’re the tenth worst in the world for countries with populations over 100,000 people. That’s a lot of countries,” the MSNBC host exclaimed. “Let’s strip it down to this: we are a country that has 4.5 percent of the world’s population. And yet, when it comes to deaths, people in the ground, people cremated, people gone forever, not people that have sniffles and are going to get up and go, people who are dead, Americans who are dead, we account for 25 percent at least of all coronavirus deaths in the world.”
“Under Donald Trump, a country that has 4.5 percent of the world’s population is responsible for over 25 percent of the world’s deaths that doesn’t have anything to do with testing,” he insisted.
Trump-Biden race could hinge on how this one Florida county swings
Betty Jones voted for President Donald Trump in 2016, but the lifelong Republican has her doubts she will do it again this year.
The federal response to the coronavirus pandemic that has killed about 200,000 Americans and forced older adults to restrict their activities has her contemplating a leadership change.
It “makes me unsure,” said Jones, 78, of Largo, in Pinellas County, Florida. Before COVID-19, she said, she would have definitely voted for Trump.
Polls show that many people will have the pandemic and its public health and economic consequences on their minds when they cast their votes — whether by mail or in person — this fall. Early in-person voting starts Oct. 19 in most Florida counties, including Pinellas.
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