Majority Of Voters Know There’s Nothing ‘Phenomenal’ About Trump’s Failed Coronavirus Response
August 17, 2020
This morning on Fox and Friends, Trump said that we’ve done “phenomenally” on coronavirus, even as the U.S. surpassed 170,000 deaths and more than 1,000 Americans a day on average have died this month. A majority of voters know there’s nothing “phenomenal” about Trump’s failed coronavirus response.
Trump said we’ve done “phenomenally” on coronavirus.
TRUMP: “We’ve done phenomenally on this thing.”
A majority of voters disagree and know that Trump’s coronavirus response has been unsuccessful.
NBC News: “A combined 61 percent of voters believe America’s response to the coronavirus has been unsuccessful, including 39 percent who say it’s been ‘very’ unsuccessful and another 22 percent who say it’s been ‘somewhat’ unsuccessful. By comparison, just 36 percent of voters think the response has been successful, including 28 percent who say it’s been ‘somewhat’ successful and 8 percent who say it’s been ‘very’ successful.”
The U.S. just surpassed 170,000 deaths, and more than 1,000 Americans a day on average have died of coronavirus this month.
CNN: “More than 1,000 people in the US have died of coronavirus nearly every day this month”
CNN: “The Covid-19 death toll in the United States has soared to more than 170,000, just 18 days after the nation marked 150,000 lives lost.”
The U.S. has recorded six times more deaths and eight times more infections on average than other rich countries since the beginning of July.
Axios: “Over the past several weeks, the coronavirus has killed Americans at six times the average rate in other rich countries. And we’re recording about eight times more infections.”
Instead of listening to experts, Trump elevated a radiologist who disagreed with Dr. Birx on scaling up testing and disagreed with Dr. Fauci on the science of masks.
Politico: “Trump elevates Scott Atlas, a doctor with a rosier coronavirus outlook”
Politico: “In private meetings at the White House, Atlas has irritated other aides by arguing against expanded Covid-19 testing. He opposed a proposal championed by Dr. Deborah Birx, the response coordinator for the White House coronavirus task force, to scale up home testing through methods such as saliva tests. And recently, in a task force meeting, he told Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, that science does not definitively support government mandates on wearing masks.”
Trump continues to push unproven coronavirus treatments and is still failing on testing, further hampering our coronavirus response.
New York Times: “‘We’re Clearly Not Doing Enough’: Drop in Testing Hampers Coronavirus Response”
CNBC: “Forty percent of U.S. Covid-19 tests come back too late to be clinically meaningful, data show”
Axios: “To the alarm of some government health officials, President Trump has expressed enthusiasm for the Food and Drug Administration to permit an extract from the oleander plant to be marketed as a dietary supplement or, alternatively, approved as a drug to cure COVID-19, despite lack of proof that it works.”