Governors Call For Investigation Into Trump’s COVID Response As Cases Continue to Rise
“Nobody’s getting it,” Donald Trump said of the coronavirus on Monday night in Ohio to a packed crowd of mostly maskless MAGA supporters. But as the week progresses and American COVID cases have now passed the 7 million mark with an estimated 207,000 confirmed deaths, two Democratic Governors are leading the call for a full congressional oversight investigation into the mismanagement of the Trump Administration’s response to the deadly pandemic that still rages unabated throughout the country.
Several new outbreaks have been traced to the mostly maskless Trump rallies in six states. Arizona, Florida, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Texas all reported record increases in new cases on Tuesday after recording all-time highs last week. Nevada also reported its highest single-day tally of new cases on Tuesday, up from a previous high on May 23. Hospitalizations are also rising or at record highs.
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, who has received numerous death threats regarding her state’s lockdown and mask policies, and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo released a statement calling for the inquiry before the Nov. 3 election. Whitmer is a national co-chair of the presidential campaign for Joe Biden, who had made Trump’s response to the pandemic a major issue in recent weeks. The statement comes on the heels of the latest bombshell revelation that the CDC deliberately watered down protocols for meatpacking plants in South Dakota, leading to massive outbreaks in that state.
“The unprecedented and unacceptable scale of this tragedy is the direct result of President Trump and the federal government’s deceit, political self-dealing and incompetence,” the joint statement reads. They maintain that the U.S. has “the worst response to the COVID-19 virus of any nation in the world” and that it is “a direct result of Trump’s and the federal government’s deceit, political self-dealing and incompetence.”