RNC Speakers Acted Like COVID-19 is Over. 1,147 People Died on Tuesday.
When political parties hold their national conventions, they tend to paint a rosy picture of the country. This reality of election year, marked by racial strife and a terrible pandemic, makes painting that pictures much more difficult.
That doesn’t mean, however, that the Republican party isn’t going to try. A number of this week’s speakers have attempted to present the coronavirus in past tense terms. Tuesday alone saw nearly 40,000 newly diagnosed cases and 1,147 deaths.
Larry Kudlow, an economic adviser to Donald Trump, first bragged about what the President has done for the economy. He told viewers of Trump, “inheriting a stagnant economy on the front end of recession,” and then, “the economy was rebuilt in three years.” This lie was immediately fact checked on MSNBC by Stephanie Ruhle.
The economic adviser then downplayed the COVID-19 pandemic. “It was awful,” Kudlow said. “Health and economic impacts were tragic. Hardship and heartbreak were everywhere. But presidential leadership came swiftly and effectively with an extraordinary rescue for health and safety to successfully fight the Covid virus.”
Larry Kudlow, the top economic adviser to President Trump, talks about the COVID-19 pandemic in the past tense at RNC:
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Melania Trump also spoke of the virus in those terms. The First Lady said, “I want to acknowledge the fact that since March, our lives have changed drastically. The invisible enemy, Covid-19, swept across our beautiful country and impacted all of us. My deepest sympathy goes out to everyone who has lost a loved one and my prayers are with those who are ill or suffering.”
To this point, close to 177,000 Americans have died of COVID-19. Deaths from the illness are expected to easily surpass 200,000 by election day.