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Trump is kidding and people are dying

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta uses a graph to compare new Covid-19 reported case numbers for the US and Europe.

Posted: Jun 22, 2020 8:18 AM
Updated: Jun 23, 2020 5:15 AM

The White House says President Donald Trump is just kidding around when he complains too many coronavirus tests are inflating the numbers.

Ha ha. LOL.

They should be telling him people are getting killed.

That's not opinion.

States that followed his advice and led the way to reopen first are seeing spikes in new infections -- more than 4,000 in one day in Florida.

The percentage of positive tests in Florida is going up, not down.

Hospitalizations in Miami are up, according to Mayor Francis Suarez, who spoke at a news conference announcing a new mask rule -- anywhere in public, including outdoors -- in the city.

People are dying who don't need to die

The US death toll is more than 120,000.

At what point does the country's leader have to take responsibility for sustained avoidable death that occurs on his watch?

The conversation should shift from what the government is or isn't doing to how much responsibility they have for so many deaths.

Not that Trump is at all focused on coronavirus.

Instead he's humiliated that not enough people showed up in Tulsa -- only about 6,000 supporters ignored public health advice and came to his indoor rally over the weekend.

We know there were infected people at the rally because two of Trump's infected campaign staffers were there.

He should be explaining why Covid-19 numbers in Europe are shrinking when in parts of the US they're exploding.


'It did not need to go this way. This is what it should have looked like,' said CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta of the line representing Europe in that graphic, during an appearance Monday on CNN.

'That's our basement. That's lowest level of the curve,' he said of the line representing the US. 'That's what we're comfortable with in this country. 20,000 people per day getting infected. Several hundred people dying every day.'

The US won't get a second wave if it never gets out of the first. Trump's economic adviser denied there's going to be a second wave of Covid-19, while that graphic above makes it seem a lot like we're still stuck in the first wave.

'So, you know, there are some hot spots. We're on it. We know how to deal with this stuff now. It's come a long way since last winter — and there is no second wave coming,' economic adviser Larry Kudlow said on CNBC.

Trump's stream-of-conscious Twitter feed is all about TV ratings for his rally, support for Republican candidates, accusations he's being harassed and the spread of his new favorite conspiracy theory -- that mail-in ballots will cost him the election. Read a Fact Check of that claim.

While the administration thinks it's solved the thing that's costing many thousands of Americans their lives, Trump's campaign is in DEFCON 4 because of his rallies.

His campaign manager is in trouble because of the poor crowd size.

His aides are rethinking whether they can even do more rallies, according to CNN's Kevin Liptak.

Now, it remains unclear when -- and how -- Trump will move forward with his flagship political events. Some advisers suggested it could be weeks or even months before Trump attempts another rally, though as of Monday morning no decisions had been made on how to proceed.

He'll be in Arizona on Tuesday and Wisconsin on Thursday for smaller events, but aides are scrambling to make sure the events look full.

The more important story in Arizona is the state's infection rate. Arizona has been adding cases by the thousands every day for the last 12 days.

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