Still in a first wave doesn’t mean that like ramps, they can be both “long and steep”. And the lies keep coming.
Earlier in Sunday’s briefing, as Trump continued to claim that a failure to prepare for the pandemic was in no way his fault, he said that “not since 1917, more than a hundred years ago, has anything like this happened.” According to transcripts of his remarks on the White House website, it was the 25th time since March 11 that he has incorrectly referred to the 1918 influenza pandemic as an event that took place in 1917.
That Trump so frequently makes this mistake is particularly odd given that his own paternal grandfather, Frederick Trump, was among the estimated 675,000 Americans who died of the flu, passing away in the first year of the pandemic. The president’s insecure grasp on the most basic fact of the 1918 pandemic, which killed more than 50 million people worldwide, does seem to suggest that he is not particularly engaged in studying the history of that contagion for lessons in how to tackle this one. (The number of times he has repeated this mistake also seems to suggest that no one who works for Trump is willing to correct him. Then again, since his trade advisor Peter Navarro recently told 60 Minutes, “look, this hasn’t happened since 1917,” there might not be that many people in Trump’s White House who even know he’s wrong.)
Trump’s doggedness in repeating the error has even spawned a host of conspiracy theories among his most ardent supporters who believe that he must be doing so intentionally, as a way of secretly communicating with them in a code they need to decipher.
The northeast has bottomed out, while the south and west are growing.
For the last two days, the state of Arizona alone has reported more new cases than the whole northeast. This was unimaginable even a few weeks ago. pic.twitter.com/zkqM3oExGh
— The COVID Tracking Project (@COVID19Tracking) June 17, 2020
BREAKING: In Arizona, after mayors revolt, Ducey reverses course & allows mayors to impose mask wearing.
He also begins contact tracing effort w 300 people. But with thousands of new cases/day, this is 4 weeks late & almost impossible to matter now.
— Andy Slavitt @ 🏡 (@ASlavitt) June 18, 2020
Yes, compared to last week, 22 states are seeing a decline in daily cases, 10 are stable, but 18 states have an increase of cases. (4/24) pic.twitter.com/0zPe3xcHEH
— Dr. Sanjay Gupta (@drsanjaygupta) June 17, 2020
22 states have had daily increases in COVID cases over the last 2 weeks, with at least 12 reaching their highest numbers yet since pandemic started. Really concerning. https://t.co/OD024mqAxz 1/x
— Tom Inglesby (@T_Inglesby) June 15, 2020
Day 108.5, 6/17 #Coronavirus update, 4:30 pm ET
🔔119,786 confirmed deaths
🔹2,226,527 #CO6VID19 cases
🔹Case Fatality Rate (CFR) 5.4%
US Combat deaths
— Bryan Dawson (@BryanDawsonUSA) June 17, 2020
It's a big deal for @QuikTrip to close 5 stores for several days. I am glad they did for the safety of their employees and customers. However, this should be an enormous red flag to local leaders here in Tulsa. #TrumpRallyTulsa #Tulsaprotest #Tulsa #coronavirus #COVID19 https://t.co/kIpBHFamMb
— Colby Pope (@weathercolby) June 18, 2020
The 10 most irresponsible public figures in America today (in rough order):
Who have I left out?
— Robert Reich (@RBReich) June 17, 2020
President Bush fired him also. Bolton is incompetent! https://t.co/vVW3rKiwSz
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 18, 2020
Donald Trump wants to style himself a wartime president against an invisible enemy — but he has surrendered the fight.
Instead of leading the charge to defeat this virus, he has waved the white flag and retreated.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) June 18, 2020
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) June 17, 2020
📺 NEW VIDEO@realDonaldTrump asked China to help him win the election.
— MeidasTouch.com (@MeidasTouch) June 18, 2020
This ad from @donwinslow is 💯 on the money. 🔥🔥🔥 Let’s get it past a million views!
— Nick Knudsen 🇺🇸 (@DemWrite) June 18, 2020