For the umpteenth time, Donald Trump urges you to join him in his jaw-dropping ignorance:
Trump learns that tens of thousands of Americans die of the flu every year, insists nobody knew that. https://t.co/6qEFy5uMwi
— Seth Masket (@smotus) March 3, 2020
TRUMP: “Over the last long period of time, the flu, the common flu — you know this, right? From 27,000 to 70,000 people get infected [it’s actually millions, but whatever], and many people die. Think of it — 27,000. You lose 27,000 people to the common flu. It can be much more. One year was much higher than the 70,000 number. Those people die. So when you lose 27,000 people a year. Nobody knew that. I didn’t know that. Three, four weeks ago, I was sitting down, I said, ‘What do we lose with the regular flu?‘ They said about 27,000 minimum. Goes up to 70, sometimes even 80, one year it went up to 100,000 people. I said nobody told me that. Nobody knows that. So I actually told the pharmaceutical companies, you have to do a little bit better job on that vaccine.” [Wild applause]
Suffice to say, most people know how deadly the common flu is. And the reason everyone is freaking out about COVID-19 is that it appears, at least for the moment, to be considerably more deadly than the flu. That Trump still seems to be unaware of this is as shocking as it is frightening.
Also, thanks for letting pharmaceutical executives know they have their work cut out for them. I’m sure they had no idea.
Of course, Trump has made similar statements repeatedly — perhaps most famously when he said no one knew how complicated health care policy was.
But he also seemed to think no one knew Abraham Lincoln was a Republican — a fact that almost every educated person knows.
This is an odd tic considering Trump claims he does know more about drones, renewable energy, taxes, the government, trade, infrastructure, ISIS, debt, and so on, than anyone else on the planet.
He clearly doesn’t know how they work — or even what they are, really.
Dr. Trump went to the same medical school as Dr. Mario https://t.co/t2XFMymgHH
— Max Burns (@themaxburns) March 2, 2020
Donald Trump: Omniscient dumbf#*k.
Wash. Your. Hands.