Americans observe one year anniversary of the day Trump and Kushner 'washed their hands of the pandemic'
Calling it "a great success story," Jared Kushner told Fox News on April 29, 2020, "May will be a transition month, you'll see a lot of states starting to phase in the different reopening based on safety guidelines that President Trump outlined in April. I think you'll see by June a lot of the country should be back to normal and the hope is is that by July the country is really rocking again."
Jared Kushner, one year ago this morning: "I think you'll see by June a lot of the country should be back to normal… https://t.co/5Yj9S3f1sz— Edward-Isaac Dovere (@Edward-Isaac Dovere)1619696796.0
As many on social media are noting, he was correct – with the months, he just got the year wrong.
Just days after Kushner suggested the pandemic was almost over, Trump had decided to dismantle the coronavirus task force. After tremendous public outrage he backtracked, saying he had no idea how "popular" it was.
Exactly three months after Kushner's remarks, on July 29, 2020 The New York Times reported: "Once again, the coronavirus is ascendant. As infections mount across the country, it is dawning on Americans that the epidemic is now unstoppable, and that no corner of the nation will be left untouched."
In that three month period, coronavirus deaths more than doubled.
"As of Wednesday, the pathogen had infected at least 4.3 million Americans, killing more than 150,000," the Times recorded. "Many experts fear the virus could kill 200,000 or even 300,000 by year's end. Even President Trump has donned a mask, after resisting for months, and has canceled the Republican National Convention celebrations in Florida."
Today, as Americans remember Kushner's words, many are mourning the loss of loved ones, of family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers who did not have to die and more than likely would not have if Kushner, Trump, and the administration had done their jobs.
Kushner's "by July the country's really rocking again" prediction came back to haunt him, as Americans continued to quote it in anger over the past year. It may become the phrase he is most remember for.
People are posting the stories they remember about this defining moment, and other Kushner abuses of power.
@MollyJongFast "(B)y July, the country's really rocking again." My brother died of Covid-19 on July 1st. What a… https://t.co/eqONhpSpG5— Matt Shanahan (@Matt Shanahan)1619703343.0
One year ago, today. Just 10 days later, 60,000 were dead and over 1 million infected, and Jared Kushner neverthel… https://t.co/5uN1J4ERph— David Waldman-1, of Yorktown LLC™ (@David Waldman-1, of Yorktown LLC™)1618852206.0
With 60,000 already dead at that point, he declared the Trump “administration’s” response to the pandemic a “great… https://t.co/VgA8swlfCJ— David Waldman-1, of Yorktown LLC™ (@David Waldman-1, of Yorktown LLC™)1619697870.0
He let folks suffer and die Kushner COVID-19 Plan Axed Because Virus Hit Democrats Worst: Report https://t.co/WMI9q0yCcO— Luke Zaleski (@Luke Zaleski)1619696782.0
A year ago today, Jared Kushner told Fox & Friends that the Trump administration "rose to the challenge" with its C… https://t.co/bdQ4RBcub0— Mother Jones (@Mother Jones)1619701200.0
Jared Kushner’s intentional sadistic negligence to America’s COVID-19 crisis is tantamount to genocide. https://t.co/vfn88ZIr6U— Becky (@Becky)1619699888.0
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