U.S. Hits 6 Million Coronavirus Cases as Trump Golfs, Tweets Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories
August 31, 2020
Over the weekend, as Trump golfed and tweeted out conspiracy theories, the United States surpassed six million confirmed coronavirus cases. As more and more Americans get infected and lose their lives, Trump has still not outlined a comprehensive plan to combat the virus — he’s instead continued to sideline medical experts, downplay the virus, and attempt to use federal agencies for his own political gain.
Coronavirus cases in the United States continue to rise, with the U.S. hitting 6 million confirmed cases.
New York Times: “It took more than three months for the United States to reach one million coronavirus cases after reporting its first confirmed infection, but less than a third of that time to notch the latest million-case leap. On Sunday, the United States hit yet another milestone, with six million reported cases, according to a New York Times database.”
As the U.S. hit 6 million cases, the highest in the world, Trump was busy golfing and tweeting out coronavirus conspiracy theories.
NBC News’ Kelly O’Donnell: “The president has spent part of his Sunday at his Virginia Trump branded golf property. These @NBCNews images were taken at extreme distance.”
New York Times: “Mr. Trump likewise reposted messages asserting that the real death toll from the coronavirus is only around 9,000 — not nearly 183,000 — because the others who died also had other health issues and most were of an advanced age. … The post was a distortion of data available on the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which reports that 6 percent of coronavirus fatalities list only the virus on the death certificates. For other deaths, the patients had an average of 2.6 other conditions or causes of death. The statistics do not mean that they did not die because of the virus, but help explain who is most vulnerable to it. Twitter deleted one of the tweets that Mr. Trump reposted advancing this claim, replacing it with a message: ‘This Tweet is no longer available because it violated the Twitter Rules.’”
Trump misrepresented the effectiveness of a coronavirus treatment, worrying experts and FDA scientists over the way Trump was using government agencies for his own political benefit.
Washington Post: “At a news conference on the eve of the Republican National Convention, Trump lauded an emergency authorization for convalescent plasma as a ‘very historic breakthrough.’ … The misrepresentations became a stunning debacle for the FDA, shaking its professional staff to the core and undermining its credibility as it approaches one of the most important and fraught decisions in its history amid a divisive presidential election — deciding when a coronavirus vaccine is safe and effective. Yet again, the president had harnessed the machinery of government to advance his political agenda — with potentially corrosive effects on public trust in government scientists’ handling of the pandemic.”
And Trump has also elevated a new coronavirus adviser whose “herd immunity” strategy to combat the coronavirus could, according to experts, lead to hundreds of thousands or even millions more deaths.
Washington Post: “One of President Trump’s top medical advisers is urging the White House to embrace a controversial ‘herd immunity’ strategy to combat the pandemic, which would entail allowing the coronavirus to spread through most of the population to quickly build resistance to the virus, while taking steps to protect those in nursing homes and other vulnerable populations, according to five people familiar with the discussions. … That this approach is even being discussed inside the White House is drawing concern from experts inside and outside the government who note that a herd immunity strategy could lead to the country suffering hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of lost lives.”