The early months of the virus outbreak that upended daily life in the United States were marked with a severe undercount in cases due to a lack of testing availability.
Reports went on to document that President Donald Trump's administration deliberately pushed against testing expansion in order to make it seem like there were fewer cases, potentially avoiding a market scare that would disrupt one of Trump's main talking points for reelection: the economy.
Trump has since called testing "overrated" and called the idea of testing every American "ridiculous."
The President ramped up the rhetoric against testing yet again during a round table regarding American seniors on Monday.
Donald Trump on coronavirus: "If we stop testing right now we would have very few cases, if any." https://t.co/SNkGjDdLn7— The National (@The National)1592298577.0
"If we stop testing right now, we'd have very few cases, if any."
In case this isn't obvious: not conducting tests doesn't result in fewer cases, it just results in fewer recorded cases.
In fact, ceasing to conduct tests would likely result in more cases because asymptomatic carriers would continue to spread the virus and a lack of recorded cases would lessen public caution.
People didn't hesitate to poke holes in the President's flawed logic.
@KevinAllman Cover up the gas gauge on your car, and you'll never need to fill the tank again.— Jil McIntosh (@Jil McIntosh)1592251854.0
@jeffmason1 @realDonaldTrump FYI. If you throw out your Xfinity bill without opening it you get free cable.… https://t.co/qwgeqqlenb— PoliticOhMyGawd (@PoliticOhMyGawd)1592247028.0
@jeffmason1 @realDonaldTrump And if we stopped doing pregnancy tests our population would decrease.— Snarky Kat (@Snarky Kat)1592247078.0
@jeffmason1 @realDonaldTrump Great. With this thinking... if I never get a mammogram, I won't get breast cancer— Rocky Mountain Views (@Rocky Mountain Views)1592247421.0
@jeffmason1 @realDonaldTrump In related news, I am no longer checking my credit card bill so henceforth I will need… https://t.co/YeOCWYKqcQ— Pizzarina Sbarro (@Pizzarina Sbarro)1592247219.0
The statement did little, if anything to boost people's faith in the President's intellect.
@jeffmason1 @realDonaldTrump Is it an act, or is he really this stupid?— Mike Gilchrist (@Mike Gilchrist)1592246879.0
@jeffmason1 @Acosta @realDonaldTrump Wow, the president is nonsensical, again.— Nancy Estes (@Nancy Estes)1592248842.0
@jeffmason1 @realDonaldTrump If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, would it still have bett… https://t.co/dBuBz1EblF— Gary Frank🥃🐠 (@Gary Frank🥃🐠)1592253094.0
@jeffmason1 @chellelaine @realDonaldTrump The ignorance of his statement is breathtaking.— Mary Chesney (@Mary Chesney)1592256068.0
What have we wrought?