Over 80 thousand Americans are dead and millions more are unemployed from the virus that's upended daily life in the United States.
People are understandably eager to get back to work and to some semblance of normal, but only a few are willing to sacrifice their safety to do so—or, rather, the safety of others.
President Donald Trump is apparently one of those people.
Eager to revive the Obama-era economic stability he touted in favor of his reelection, Trump has repeatedly called for local leaders to scale back stay-at-home measures and get businesses open again. He claims that the hesitation to do so isn't based in science, but is actually a conspiracy from Democrats willing to destroy lives to better their chances at reelection.
Health experts have repeatedly said that there's no way to safely return to normal without a national testing apparatus that can glean an accurate count of the infection rate in the United States and the pathways to stop the spread.
Continuing his decades-long opposition to the truth, the President subsequently railed against adequate testing while appearing at the medical supply company Owens & Minor in a visit that he tried to turn into a makeshift campaign rally.
During a visit to a medical supply facility in Allentown, PA, Trump says coronavirus testing "could be overrated."… https://t.co/rgtDInyDsG— COURIER (@COURIER)1589488871.0
The President said:
"So we have the best testing in the world. Could be that testing's frankly overrated. Maybe it is overrated...they always say 'we want more, we want more' and they don't wanna give you credit."
Despite multiple people in his orbit testing positive for the virus, the President still refuses to wear a mask in public.
It was par for the course of Trump's ineptitude to call for reopening while dismissing the key to a safe return to normal.
What is the reasoning behind not mass testing. It's like he wants people to die. https://t.co/Kz9Th11Abc— I Used2B someone special (@I Used2B someone special)1589489858.0
I just........smh https://t.co/Y60j2k5f1g— Mr. Skin_Lover (@Mr. Skin_Lover)1589490153.0
This idiot is our leader. https://t.co/yiCpWsiG8f— BLACK LIVES MATTER (@BLACK LIVES MATTER)1589488647.0
We don’t get out of this without testing and tracing. We deserve a functioning federal government. https://t.co/GEffLJnmVW— Jenn M (@Jenn M)1589488375.0
Trump may tell the public that testing is overrated, but it hasn't stopped him from making sure he gets tested every day.
Testing is so overrated that trump will not allow anyone into the white house or near him without a daily test.… https://t.co/v5m5smRe4o— sean mackey (@sean mackey)1589488336.0
If that's the case, @realDonaldTrump then why in the hell are you and those around you getting tested so regularly?… https://t.co/uww6RA7ixg— Mark Whittier (@Mark Whittier)1589488761.0
Doesn't he get tested regularly? https://t.co/ZMH82fm267— Alexandria 🇩🇪 (@Alexandria 🇩🇪)1589487797.0
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