Chuck Todd Destroys Donald Trump Over COVID-19 Indifference: ‘We’re Witnessing the Fall of America’ in Real Time
MSNBC anchor Chuck Todd tore into President Donald Trump on Thursday afternoon for failing to take any action to curb the relentless spread of COVID-19, which is infecting nearly 200,000 Americans per day and has killed more than 250,000 since the outbreak began in March.
Todd delivered his remarks shortly before Trump’s Coronavirus Task Force held a surprise press conference at the White House.
“This is the first time they’ve done this since July,” Todd said on Meet the Press. “Roughly 100,000 of Americans have died of this virus since then. To be clear, we don’t know which task force officials will be speaking publicly, whether it’s the real ones, or somebody like [Doctor] Scott Atlas, but the fact that they’re holding one I guess is a sign of some acknowledgement of what the rest of us are experiencing in America.”
The briefing was announced “moments after the CDC bluntly warned Americans against traveling this Thanksgiving,” Todd added.
Todd took aim at Atlas, a neuroradiologist who holds no relevant qualifications to serve as the president’s top coronavirus adviser, for a second time.
Atlas has advocated for herd immunity and suggested that elderly people should “enjoy their final Thanksgiving,” contradicting the federal government’s foremost experts on infectious diseases and public health.
“Obviously, the president’s personal epidemiologist on this, or he’s not a real epidemiologist, Scott Atlas, is giving the exact opposite guidance, so hopefully this task force briefing may clear something up,” Todd said.
The country, Todd opined, is teetering on the brink of collapse.
“As the weather gets colder and the leaves are falling and winter approaches, we’re experiencing the fall of America. And, yes, the pun was intended,” he said. “The virus is raging out of control amid a leaderhship vacuum that rivals some of the darkest periods of America’s history.”
Our reality is grim.
“More than 1,200 Americans are dying every day and that number’s going up. More than 160,000 are being infected every day, and around 10,000 of those infected get hospitalized every day, and our hospitalization numbers anywhere from 60 to 80,000 on any given day,” said Todd, who then tore into Trump for fighting frivolous battles to overturn the results of the presidential election.
“The president has not once acknowledged the problem since election night, not once. Instead, he’s cheering on legal and local efforts to overturn the results of an election that he lost,” Todd continued.
“Up until this point, governors and local officials have been left on their own to try to convince a COVID-weary public that their house is on fire, as our public health system battles both a deadly virus and a massive misinformation ecosystem that has been consistently fed by this White House and its irresponsible allies,” said Todd, adding that “this outbreak is so bad right now that governors everywhere, even the governors in the heart of Trump country, who have long-resisted restrictions and mask mandates are pleading with their contituents” to take simple safety precautions like wearing masks and to heed the advice of scientists and qualified medical professionals.
WATCH: White House coronavirus task force to hold public briefing at 4PM today as the CDC warns Americans against traveling this Thanksgiving. #MTPDaily@ChuckTodd: This is the first briefing "since July. Roughly 100,000 Americans have died from the virus since then." pic.twitter.com/TfbgPyYXyY
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