Donald Trump, Jr. is under fire after telling Fox News 1000 coronavirus deaths each day is "almost nothing."
"Give me a break Laura, the reality is this," Trump Jr. told Laura Ingraham Thursday night. "If you look – I put it up on my Instagram a couple days ago 'cause I went through the CDC data 'cause I kept hearing about 'new infections,' but I was like, 'Well, why aren't they talking about deaths?' Oh, oh, because the number is almost nothing."
The president's fast-talking son also told Ingraham that Americans attacking Trump White House top coronavirus advisor Dr. Scott Atlas "are truly morons." Atlas is a radiologist who frequently appeared on Fox News pushing erroneous talking points that matched the president's beliefs. He is now inside the White House advancing his deadly "herd immunity" policies that experts warn will lead to an additional 500,000 deaths if the policies are not immediately reversed.
Trump Jr. is not telling the truth. Unlike his Commander-in-Chief father, Americans are not able to be treated with any therapeutic, according to the CDC.
"There are no drugs or other therapeutics presently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to prevent or treat COVID-19."
He also doesn't seem to understand that more infections mean more deaths. And deaths are again increasing.
On Monday coronavirus deaths were 389 – far from "almost nothing." That number nearly tripled to 931 deaths on Tuesday, jumped to 1025 coronavirus deaths on Wednesday, and increased again, as Trump was calling the COVID-19 crisis "almost nothing," to 1049 dead Americans.
Currently the 7-day average is 797 deaths per day.
Americans on social media blasted Trump Jr.
@MollyJongFast @Acyn Dude who wants you to believe he poured over CDC...also wants you to believe 1000+ Americans d… https://t.co/mKJTKJ7PSM— Joshua Chaffee (@Joshua Chaffee)1604032684.0
More than a thousand people died of COVID today. Perhaps "Don" can attend some of the funerals, look those families… https://t.co/AaD8iFw6aa— Noah Shachtman (@Noah Shachtman)1604026457.0
@Acyn Healthcare professionals have been begging Fox News to stop broadcasting COVID misinformation and this is yet… https://t.co/cxYs271wJn— Sleeping Giants (@Sleeping Giants)1604030027.0
@RussOnPolitics @Kris_Sacrebleu @Acyn Every 87 seconds, an American died from Covid.— Donny Grumpy Pants 🇺🇸🇺🇸 (@Donny Grumpy Pants 🇺🇸🇺🇸)1604026394.0
Today we set the year to date record for infections and 940 died as of 7pm central time. It’s getting worse almost… https://t.co/fe92WrDgRZ— Andrew Zimmern (@Andrew Zimmern)1604031946.0
Donald Trump Jr.: "Why aren't they talking about deaths? Oh, oh, because the number is almost nothing because we've… https://t.co/kJl9fu9iKo— Peter Baker (@Peter Baker)1604028431.0
I know the messaging they are trying to push. But this is, in any other circumstance, the type of utterance that wo… https://t.co/JAVgK2WaZT— Sam Stein (@Sam Stein)1604026097.0
The trump kids are terrible surrogates, terrible people and terrible at politics. But junior does have a lot of fac… https://t.co/DUHHpRtHXd— Molly Jong-Fast🏡 (@Molly Jong-Fast🏡)1604058907.0
@Acyn Who needs a vaccine when you have a mirror full of coke?— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@Mrs. Betty Bowers)1604025712.0
Did you loose a loved one today? @DonaldJTrumpJr thinks they are "nothing." #BidenHarris2020 https://t.co/PWHN4IelWt— Susan Bacon (@Susan Bacon)1604037858.0
Over a thousand deaths *yesterday* alone. This pandemic is racing toward becoming the third deadliest mass casualty… https://t.co/AWCibHmk79— Brian Tyler Cohen (@Brian Tyler Cohen)1604026494.0
Every night, a different Trump goes on Fox News and says that the pandemic isn’t a big deal anymore. And every nig… https://t.co/0tjHEzo0IF— Matt O'Brien (@Matt O'Brien)1604033832.0
Haven't 1000 people per day died this week? https://t.co/rSPH2QdPPv— David Pakman (@David Pakman)1604025363.0
IKR? Who cares about 1,000 dead Americans a day? How do the people who've lost someone feel about this? Or the peo… https://t.co/ddrpQ5sXa6— Khashoggi’s Ghost (@Khashoggi’s Ghost)1604025230.0
Attention overloaded ICUs and field hospitals, Donald Trump Jr. says that what you are dealing with at the moment i… https://t.co/DhEtbx1dVU— Steward Beckham (@Steward Beckham)1604025037.0
TRUMP JR.: “Why aren’t they talking about deaths? Oh, because the number is almost nothing. Because we’ve gotten co… https://t.co/csmRitEUFk— The Tennessee Holler (@The Tennessee Holler)1604030207.0