Critics blast Trump's self-congratulatory tweet about the decline in cancer deaths after his administration decimated research budgets
President Donald Trump is often quick to take credit for any good news – while pawning off responsibility for negative outcomes on others, especially his predecessor. But social media users were stunned – and many outraged – when Trump tweeted Thursday morning a clear pat on the back for himself on recent news the rate of cancer deaths in America took a steep drop.
“Cancer Death Rate in U.S. Sees Sharpest One-Year Drop,” a New York Times headline reported Wednesday. “The cancer death rate in the United States fell 2.2 percent from 2016 to 2017 — the largest single-year decline in cancer mortality ever reported.”
President Trump was not even in office for the full year of 2017, so it’s literally impossible that anything he has done has contributed to the welcome decline in the cancer death rate.
But he took credit nonetheless.
U.S. Cancer Death Rate Lowest In Recorded History! A lot of good news coming out of this Administration.— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1578582036
Many were furious, given that Trump’s budget has slashed funding for cancer research and prevention. His 2020 budget cuts $35 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for its cancer screening and prevention programs, Cancer Health reported.
But that’s a fraction of the devastating $897 million gutting of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). There are also massive cuts proposed for other agencies that work to help fight cancer.
“The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases would see the second largest cut, at $769 million, and the National Human Genome Research Institute would lose $80 million.”
And if anything, Trump’s damaging decisions are doubtlessly increasing future rates of cancer and other preventable diseases and deaths:
Here’s how social media users are responding:
@realDonaldTrump is there nothing our anti-science president won't take credit for? trick question! he won't take… https://t.co/3nWpb4ozjZ— Jeff Tiedrich (@Jeff Tiedrich) 1578582193
@realDonaldTrump Sir, why is it that you feel comfortable taking credit for good things that happen while you are p… https://t.co/PDZaOhSdKY— Jennifer Taub (@Jennifer Taub) 1578582190
On behalf of everyone who has fought cancer and their families and friends: How dare you? How dare you try to lev… https://t.co/VR5DrORHqn— Peter W. Singer (@Peter W. Singer) 1578582949
@realDonaldTrump This has nothing to do with Trump but everything to do with reduced tobacco smoking rates which ca… https://t.co/ozhYEzu1fs— Eugene Gu, MD (@Eugene Gu, MD) 1578582259
@realDonaldTrump Bitch. Don’t act like you cured cancer but didn’t put half of us on anti depressants.— Kristina Wong ❄️ (@Kristina Wong ❄️) 1578582125
shot, chaser https://t.co/iy8nqrQ9v4— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar) 1578582375
He's going to run on claiming he cured cancer, amazing. https://t.co/aWbjEdjdd9— Gary Legum (@Gary Legum) 1578582841
Donald is a cancer on our country. https://t.co/qRzNjsgH0N— Steve Ritacco (@Steve Ritacco) 1578583229
Donald Trump*, impeached narcissist, taking credit for low cancer rates. Probably because he's a moron. https://t.co/Dat8CyQwTb— Fresh Brew (@Fresh Brew) 1578582817