Apparently learning nothing from the national spike in cases that began in late June, President Donald Trump continues to press for the reopening of schools during an interview on Fox News, saying:
"My view is the school's should open. This thing's going away. It will go away like things go away."
During his appearance on Fox & Friends, the President couldn't have made it clearer how casually he thinks of the pandemic which has killed more than 150 thousand Americans.
At one point he said:
"If a teacher's in a certain age group I think they shouldn't be going in. Probably they're gonna have to wait 'til the thing goes by. They'll have to wait. It will go by."
Trump says schools should open because: "This thing's going away. It will go away like things go away."— Daniel Dale (@Daniel Dale)1596628345.0
The President still seems fundamentally unable to grasp the idea that the virus will not simply go away on its own over time.
Of course, he's a little less willing to risk the life of his own child.
Just a reminder that Barron Trump won't be attending school in-person in the fall. https://t.co/igAQ0O6DNo— No Lie with Brian Tyler Cohen (@No Lie with Brian Tyler Cohen)1596515014.0
Hours after President Trump's Tuesday tweet to "OPEN THE SCHOOLS!!" the private school attended by Trump's youngest… https://t.co/Y0CZxSeA4x— CNN Politics (@CNN Politics)1596569282.0
Many people online believe Trump understands the science of the situation, but is simply willing to put Americans lives at risk.
@atrupar Irresponsible but not ignorant. Trump knows what he is saying a lie; he says it but because he believes i… https://t.co/vTUSEUlXvo— FactsMatter314 (@FactsMatter314)1596631083.0
@atrupar It is literally children's lives. Not a Dem conspiracy. Getting a bunch of kids killed regardless of what… https://t.co/P4zn3h5V8d— John Archer II (@John Archer II)1596630083.0
@atrupar And Trump without realizing it thinks that killing lots of people including school children will help him… https://t.co/b4nIcsVRL0— Mr. Steven Jarvis (@Mr. Steven Jarvis)1596636632.0
If there's one thing that will absolutely not help Trump come November, it's yet another major wave of the virus.
@atrupar School reopening going great in Georgia.... https://t.co/0sq4Txgyxl— Noble Prize in Sarcasm (@Noble Prize in Sarcasm)1596629888.0
This is an undeniable fact: Trump is willing to sacrifice YOUR children (his, of course, will not be going to schoo… https://t.co/I8NOHlURcW— Reza Aslan (@Reza Aslan)1596639932.0
Many voters have learned during Trump's time in office that his actions are usually meant to benefit only himself.
The President's school reopening plan would be borderline incoherent even if it was well-intentioned.
@ryanstruyk BREAKING: President Trump invents schools without teachers. Because magical thinking. https://t.co/exXW5MmdOr— Monty 🇺🇸Lincoln's Speeches🇺🇸 Boa (@Monty 🇺🇸Lincoln's Speeches🇺🇸 Boa)1596637423.0
Health officials continue to issue warnings that the only way to quickly return to normalcy is to take drastic measures like wide closures, ubiquitous testing, and mask mandates as soon as possible.