President Donald Trump tried to claim credit for the newly announced coronavirus vaccine, but social media users pointed out that his handling of the pandemic had only made the situation worse.
Moderna announced that it had developed a vaccine that was 94.5 percent effective, and Trump joined his daughter Ivanka in congratulating himself for the breakthrough.
"Another Vaccine just announced. This time by Moderna, 95% effective," Trump tweeted. "For those great 'historians', please remember that these great discoveries, which will end the China Plague, all took place on my watch!"
Another Vaccine just announced. This time by Moderna, 95% effective. For those great “historians”, please remember… https://t.co/FSiSRfKBe0— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1605536369.0
The president's tweet was widely mocked and condemned.
@realDonaldTrump You’ve ignored science from the beginning. You had nothing to do with this vaccine.— Sarah Wood (@Sarah Wood)1605537078.0
@realDonaldTrump Thanks, @JoeBiden will take it from there!— Jose R. Perez 🧢✊🏼 (@Jose R. Perez 🧢✊🏼)1605536433.0
@realDonaldTrump This sounds like someone who knows he is leaving office soon.— Paul 👻 (@Paul 👻)1605536498.0
@realDonaldTrump Interesting how you want to take credit for the vaccine when you first said Covid-19 was a hoax &… https://t.co/jlihRX2BuQ— 💙Melody💙Texas_Blue_Belle💙 (@💙Melody💙Texas_Blue_Belle💙)1605536834.0
@realDonaldTrump Dude, stop being a #WhiteHouseKaren and concede. Who agrees?— Angela Belcamino (@Angela Belcamino)1605536500.0
@realDonaldTrump As did the plague itself, made FAR worse than it needed to be by your refusal to look at the facts… https://t.co/xuwBUWuTDO— Ben Stephens (@Ben Stephens)1605536706.0
@realDonaldTrump Me me me me me....Historians also remember the tens of thousands who died... How many didn't have… https://t.co/9ScvlUzUHH— Byron Ricketts (@Byron Ricketts)1605536581.0
@realDonaldTrump And you know what’s even more effective until a vaccine can go to market? Wearing a mask and avoi… https://t.co/cLKI2sNPpt— Kristina Wong ❄️ (@Kristina Wong ❄️)1605536476.0
@realDonaldTrump and had nothing to do with you.... We could have in fact saved lives if you would have responded t… https://t.co/XEMMPa6BUt— ♻️🇺🇸 Christopher Zullo (@♻️🇺🇸 Christopher Zullo)1605536485.0
@realDonaldTrump It’s the coronavirus not the China Plague you racist piece of shit.— Eugene Gu, MD (@Eugene Gu, MD)1605536470.0
@realDonaldTrump https://t.co/hYxrXCqAp7— mark (@mark)1605536449.0
@realDonaldTrump More information will be provided during a press conference at the luxurious Tropicana https://t.co/yZPERIUfrA— David E (@David E)1605536421.0
@realDonaldTrump “China Plague?”.... bruh this is the American Virus now https://t.co/8zCvmEVWia— Kandise Le Blanc (@Kandise Le Blanc)1605537801.0
@realDonaldTrump “And then I see the disinfectant, where it knocks it out in a minute. One minute. And is there a w… https://t.co/sZLGuGPHbK— Patrick Nova (@Patrick Nova)1605537442.0
@realDonaldTrump For those great “historians,” please remember that 250,000 Americans died on your watch. And count… https://t.co/nfMqh0fOZq— Scary Larry Says #ConcedeNowTrump 😡 🤬 (@Scary Larry Says #ConcedeNowTrump 😡 🤬)1605537318.0