Donald Trump on the virus which killed 200K Americans: ‘It affects virtually nobody’

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The pandemic is still affecting everything. Just… everything. There’s a surge in cases across the US, Canada, France, Spain, the UK and more. European countries are debating whether a second lockdown is needed to control the recent spike in cases. The stock market tumbled yesterday largely because of coronavirus numbers and fears of new lockdowns. A new range of social restrictions is coming worldwide (but probably not here in America). In the US, there’s so much misinformation being spread by Donald Trump, it’s hard to keep up with the real-time fact-checking. While the mortality rate doesn’t seem to be as bad right now as it was in March/April, the virus is no f–king joke and people of all ages are dying from it. Yes, the most at-risk demographic is “seniors with existing health problems.” But younger people, healthy people and kids are all getting the virus and suffering from it. According to Donald Trump though, the coronavirus “affects virtually nobody.” We’ve crossed 200,000 coronavirus deaths this week in America.

As the U.S. death toll from the novel coronavirus prepares to eclipse 200,000, President Trump on Monday incorrectly claimed at a campaign rally that covid-19 “affects virtually nobody” under the age of 18, again downplaying the extent of the pandemic and contradicting his previous statements that the virus poses a risk to “plenty of young people.”

In front of a crowd of mostly maskless supporters not adhering to social distancing in Swanton, Ohio, Trump suggested only older Americans with heart problems and preexisting conditions truly need to fear the virus.

“It affects elderly people, elderly people with heart problems and other problems. That’s what it really affects,” the president said. “In some states, thousands of people — nobody young. Below the age of 18, like, nobody. They have a strong immune system, who knows? Take your hat off to the young, because they have a hell of an immune system. But it affects virtually nobody. It’s an amazing thing.”

Trump’s sentiments go against the guidance of most public health experts and what he told Washington Post associate editor Bob Woodward in an interview in March. In one of his interviews with Woodward for his book “Rage,” Trump acknowledged downplaying the severity of covid-19, saying that the virus affected “plenty of young people.”

“Now it’s turning out it’s not just old people, Bob,” Trump told Woodward. “But just today, and yesterday, some startling facts came out. It’s not just old, older.”

[From The Washington Post]

I’m including the clip below. Maybe it’s just the quality of the video, but Trump’s voice sounds different? He sounds sick. Which is this really strange cognitive dissonance: an old man in poor health, with an alleged history of mini-strokes and a history of bragging about passing his dementia test, talking in a strained, sickly voice about a deadly pandemic only affecting old people in poor health, in front of a crowd of maskless morons. “Virtually nobody.” Tell that to the thousands of families grieving loved ones. Tell that to the hundreds of thousands of people who got evicted, or lost their jobs or who got really sick.

— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 22, 2020

God, this really is the Coronavirus Superspreader Tour. There was maybe one mask to every twenty maskless people in Ohio. Ugh.

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