'Same pathological sociopath — but on steroids': Trump slammed after urging Americans to learn to live with COVID
Barely twelve hours after exiting the medical care of Walter Reed hospital President Donald Trump on Tuesday once again falsely compared the coronavirus to the flu, lied about how many Americans die from it, and promoted the dangerous idea that the nation should just learn to live with COVID-19.
"Flu season is coming up!" Trump tweeted. "Many people every year, sometimes over 100,000, and despite the Vaccine, die from the Flu. Are we going to close down our Country? No, we have learned to live with it, just like we are learning to live with Covid, in most populations far less lethal!!!"
Trump lied about how many people die from the flu. As CNN's fact checker Daniel Dale was quick to point out, it never hit 100,000.
On Trump’s “sometimes over 100,000” figure: The CDC has estimated that there’ve been between 12,000 to 61,000 flu d… https://t.co/btlfyEc64A— Daniel Dale (@Daniel Dale) 1601986960.0
More than 211,000 Americans have died from coronavirus. About 1000 continue to die from the disease every day.
Americans are furious with the president over his latest tweet. Here's what some are saying.
He’s back to this — which is actually a lie, it’s never been that high — and it shows you this is a man who makes n… https://t.co/uIJ6l9k4zS— Michelangelo Signorile, subscribe to my newsletter (@Michelangelo Signorile, subscribe to my newsletter) 1601986479.0
Trump response to every threat we face is...surrender. https://t.co/sH2UgpMjEp— David Rothkopf (@David Rothkopf) 1601987656.0
Only Trump in the last month of the election would return to the single most rhetorical damaging talking point of h… https://t.co/433mcgfGgC— Saagar Enjeti (@Saagar Enjeti) 1601987664.0
Donald Trump doesn't care whether you live or die. Whether you support him or not, your life is completely inconseq… https://t.co/02sv72VT7B— Ben Rhodes (@Ben Rhodes) 1601987640.0
Three weeks to go in an election campaign and the position of the president with regard to a pandemic that will hav… https://t.co/bTRZUGPMdq— David Rothkopf (@David Rothkopf) 1601986559.0
Trump pro-virus PSAs are deeply, deeply weird https://t.co/dBgU0qqTgg— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar) 1601986121.0
This is like a sci-fi movie after the virus takes control of the host to facilitate its spread. https://t.co/kyLaJXyzeu— Nicholas Bauer, PhD 👨🔬🔬 (@Nicholas Bauer, PhD 👨🔬🔬) 1601987983.0
Even COVID didn't humble him. Back to being aggressively reckless and cruel. https://t.co/fUui7sjTvQ— Wajahat "Wears a Mask Because of a Pandemic" Ali (@Wajahat "Wears a Mask Because of a Pandemic" Ali) 1601988082.0
Disgusting beyond words. He’s literally trying to get people killed. https://t.co/lSJ430LDd4— Charles Johnson (@Charles Johnson) 1601988335.0
The party of death. https://t.co/1M12x4xNS3— Damon Linker (@Damon Linker) 1601987246.0
Did the flu write this? https://t.co/uB4DdY0BON— Jonathan Ladd (@Jonathan Ladd) 1601986686.0
If he wins, the pandemic will be permanent. https://t.co/BbmhYIkpsr— John Stoehr's Editorial Board (@John Stoehr's Editorial Board) 1601986649.0