WATCH: Donald Trump Wants People To “Imagine” If COVID-19 Was Bad During His Term
COVID-19 hit the United States hard in its first year, with hundreds of thousands of deaths, and an inconsistent (and inconsistently enforced) series of mask mandates and shutdowns across the country in an attempt to prevent even more. Now the virus is mutating — as viruses left to spread unchecked do — and Donald Trump wants the world to know that he’s the biggest victim.
Trump, whose COVID-19 response team reportedly made a decision not to address the virus on a Federal level because they thought it would hurt predominantly-Democrat-voting areas hardest, is still unhappy that he was criticized for failing to put American safety over his own ego. What he’s even more annoyed at, in the clip below, is that President Joe Biden, who is working to get every American vaccinated and to implement national strategies to help defeat the virus, isn’t getting the same criticism.
Trump: Could you imagine if I were President right now and we had this massive attack from the Coronavirus. You know they like to call it the, they have new names and they’ll have other new names but it’s exactly what we had. pic.twitter.com/HwAqce3S60
— Acyn (@Acyn) August 8, 2021
“If that were me [as President currently] they’d be saying, ‘What a horrible thing, what a horrible job.’ I don’t ever hear that, you know, and these are numbers that in some cases are equivalent to what it was — but we don’t hear that.”
Trump has one thing right: COVID-19 cases — and by extension, hospitalizations and deaths — are on the rise again. Vaccination rates are rising too, and experts continue to remind us that this is the best tool to beat the pandemic. Healthline notes that some of the largest increases come from states that have resisted shutdowns and mask mandates, with Florida and Texas making up a third of all new cases in the past week.