Democratic minority leader in the U.S. Senate Chuck Schumer of New York called President Donald Trump a “moron” on Thursday for his reaction to the third resurgence of coronavirus cases in the U.S.
“More people are in hospitals, more people are dying. This third wave in the cold in combination with the flu, and we’re sitting on our hands, and that’s because Donald Trump is so excused when I say I know you have a very nice show – such a moron,” Schumer said in an interview on the Joe Madison Show, a talk show on the SiriusXM satellite radio network.
Schumer went on to say that he believes the Trump administration should focus on providing personal protective equipment to frontline medical personnel as COVID-19-related hospital stays increase nationwide, The Hill said.
Schumer has criticized Trump’s COVID-19 at various times during the year. He called Trump an “idiot” after Trump’s initial debate with Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, “a quack in the medical field,” after Trump publicly wondered whether chemicals in household disinfectants could help eliminate the corona virus in the human body, and accused Trump of “supreme and dangerous incompetence” when the pandemic began in February.
Trump downplayed the lethality of the pandemic in its early stages and recently repeated that the U.S. would “come around the corner” in the pandemic. In a White House press release on Tuesday, “ending the COVID 19 pandemic” was cited as one of the achievements of the Trump administration.
However, last Friday the U.S. reported 83,948 new cases of COVID-19, the highest number of daily new coronavirus cases ever recorded. As of October 23, there were over 41,000 hospitalizations nationwide, and according to The Guardian, an average of nearly 800 people died of corona virus every day.
Trump has claimed that COVID-19 is less lethal than the flu, which statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) prove untrue. In fact, in less than a year the corona virus has killed more people in America than the military conflicts in Vietnam, Korea, Iraq, Afghanistan and World War I combined.
Trump has also publicly advocated herd immunity, an approach that the World Health Organization has called “very dangerous.
On October 7, the New England Journal of Medicine published an editorial, the first in its 208-year history, describing the Trump administration as “dangerously incompetent,” accusing it of undermining governors, politicizing both face masks and the vaccine, and calling on readers to vote out the administration’s leaders.
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