In the past, President Donald Trump has referred to himself as a "very stable genius" and said that he alone could fix the problems faced by the United States.
However, his response to the COVID-19 pandemic has shone a whole new light on his ineptitude.
The Trump administration, until recent days, has repeatedly dismissed the seriousness of the virus and bungled its crucial first rollout of testing kits.
As uncertainty grows around the nation, the President has nevertheless praised himself and his administration's handling of the pandemic.
President Trump on how he would rate his response to the #coronavirus outbreak in the US on a scale out of 10: “I’d… https://t.co/XyXiRqKWTV— Cheddar🧀 (@Cheddar🧀)1584389009.0
When asked how he'd rate his response to the crisis, Trump said:
"I'd rate it a 10. I think we've done a great job."
Due to a lack of available testing, the United States is risking a dangerous undercount of diagnosed cases, which could result in a massive uptick down the line. Grocery stores are going empty and Americans are being urged to stay inside. Hundreds of thousands of hourly workers are facing threats of unemployment or reduced employment.
Meanwhile, Donald Trump appointed Vice President Mike Pence as the response director for the pandemic, despite many valid criticisms of Pence's qualifications. As recently as Tuesday, Trump falsely labeled COVID-19 as "Chinese Virus."
Suffice it to say, people didn't agree with his assessment.
BREAKING: Trump says he would grade his coronavirus response a 10 on a scale of 1 to 10. That is a lie. A big one.… https://t.co/zAQ6ZfKhPy— Scott Dworkin (@Scott Dworkin)1584388927.0
Trump: "I give myself a '10'". At the exact moment the market closed down 13% (2999 points).— Tea Pain (@Tea Pain)1584389327.0
Trump just said he'd rate his performance during all this "a 10." He said the same thing about Puerto Rico after Hu… https://t.co/mPzzVrz0ZZ— shauna (@shauna)1584389046.0
First Trump fires the pandemic team and does not replace them, then he blames Obama, then he denies doing it and sa… https://t.co/qRLbWHBhwG— Secret Agent Number Six (@Secret Agent Number Six)1584444699.0
Trump lies always Knows more than the Generals Nobody knows as much as he does Always says he’d give himself a 10… https://t.co/WRgrU8SZf7— D.mac (@D.mac)1584465960.0
Many consider the Trump administration's response to be an abject failure.
Worth listening to this compilation of Trump quotes on COVID-19. Never before has a president been so incompetent. https://t.co/Gk13sICwrB— Michael Carpenter (@Michael Carpenter)1584457340.0
“I felt this was a pandemic long before it was a pandemic,” Trump said. Until this week, the president repeatedly d… https://t.co/BbcDgW5a5e— Katie Rogers (@Katie Rogers)1584463727.0
He called Democratic concern about COVID-19 a "new hoax," before saying that cases were limited to 15 because of bo… https://t.co/0FnGRjVkXL— Katie Rogers (@Katie Rogers)1584465325.0
A new poll indicated that 60% of Americans trust Trump very little or not at all when it comes to information about COVID-19.