Donald Trump Again Insists Coronavirus Spikes Are Fake News

President Donald Trump is doubling-down on his personal denial on the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic, insisting that the third wave surging through most of the country is just because of more testing, and not people getting sick.

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“Cases up because we TEST, TEST, TEST. A Fake News Media Conspiracy,” the president tweeted first thing Monday morning. “Many young people who heal very fast. 99.9%. Corrupt Media conspiracy at all time high. On November 4th., topic will totally change. VOTE!”

Broader access to testing does increase the number of recorded cases, but what Trump still continues to deny are the consequences that occur once a person contracts the virus.

The data is sobering. The United States is seeing more positive cases than at anytime since the pandemic began.

CNBC noted:

Trump’s tweet came as the U.S. is reporting a record-breaking number of new coronavirus cases. On Sunday, the country reported a weekly average of about 68,767 new cases every day, the highest seven-day average recorded yet, according to a CNBC analysis of Hopkins data. The U.S. reported 60,789 new Covid cases Sunday after daily cases reached 83,757 on Friday, passing the last record of roughly 77,300 cases seen on July 16, according to Hopkins data.

In addition to a spike in cases, hospitalizations are also accelerating, and with 225,000 American deaths already on the books, winter of 2020 could be one of the “darkest periods in American history,” some experts are warning, as colder weather sets in and people are couped up at home.

The US boasts the most COVID-19-related deaths in the world, despite having only four percent of the global population.

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation predict that by February 1, 2021, casualties could reach 385,000… or more. So far in 2020, the projected death counts touted by the White House and even some research institutions have been too conservative.

Hundreds of thousands of lives would be saved if people wore masks, washed their hands, and maintained social distancing. But Trump and his loyal band of followers reject masks as effective. Some of Trump’s more extreme loyalists have been busted planning domestic terror attacks because they view mask mandates as a violation of their freedom. There have been armed insurrrections at state houses, with the shocking backing of police forces. The incident involving a plot to kidnap, put on citizen’s trial for treason, and execute Gretchen Whitmer, the Democratic governor of Michigan, is one such example. Others have been stopped before mailing explosives to Democrats.

And with Trump recruiting a literal poll-watching army to loom over voters on Election Day, his rhetoric only needs a nudge to go from annoying to disastrous.

All of this could have been avoided had Trump – who was aware of the dangers but downplayed them publicly to “avoid a panic,” as he told Bob Woodward on multiple occasions – simply listened to his advisers, accepted the science and. acted accordingly. Instead, mass slaughter ensued.

This is the Trump plague, and he must own it.

Eight days until the election.

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