President Donald Trump's administration continues to dismiss the threat of COVID-19, the latest strand of coronavirus currently spreading throughout the globe.
Instead of addressing the shortage of test kits to diagnose the virus or heeding the advice of experts, the President is using the virus to advocate for his quixotic pursuit of a wall at the southern border.
In a retweet of Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk, Trump echoed sentiments that "we need the wall more than ever" to curb coronavirus.
Going up fast. We need the Wall more than ever! https://t.co/7TxErJKAgT— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1583838483.0
But a terse fact check from NBC anchor Carl Quintanilla put a pin in Trump's claims.
Confirmed cases: * US: 755 * Mexico: seven. https://t.co/WwIMNuiUq5— Carl Quintanilla (@Carl Quintanilla)1583846078.0
Quintanilla rightly pointed out that the United States has over 100 times the diagnosed cases of coronavirus than Mexico, so it's unclear how a wall would be effective—unless its purpose would be to keep the virus out of Mexico.
Quintanilla was far from the only one to point out the absurdity of Trump's claim.
A wall won’t stop a virus. Racism won’t stop a virus. Do your job. https://t.co/Mj4Zx0ccPS— Joe Biden (Text Join to 30330) (@Joe Biden (Text Join to 30330))1583847911.0
This is the worst possible leadership at this moment. People will die because of it. https://t.co/5v4c52Dgln— Ryan D. Enos (@Ryan D. Enos)1583846592.0
And if you set the wall on fire it's a firewall. Very effective against viruses! https://t.co/bqKjiMnRNY— Zeeger Ernsting (@Zeeger Ernsting)1583846935.0
a wall with Mexico will definitely stop the spread of Corona in places like Washington and New York https://t.co/h8IiB1Igr0— hostile JAGuar 🐆 (@hostile JAGuar 🐆)1583846708.0
People also rolled their eyes at the retweet, which idiotically described COVID-19 as "China Virus."
So some elected Republicans have chosen to refer to COVID-19 as the “China virus” because what use would a pandemic… https://t.co/dSrINRo02R— Steven Beschloss (@Steven Beschloss)1583846149.0
Wondering why Republicans are calling COVID19 the “China virus”? It’s because they’re purposefully weaponizing gen… https://t.co/bM9QuXtMnd— Leah McElrath 🏳️🌈 (@Leah McElrath 🏳️🌈)1583846500.0
@charliekirk11 Calling this “China virus” is so blatantly racist and wrong. It’s so sad to me that this brings you and so many others joy.— Corey O'Flanagan (@Corey O'Flanagan)1583865027.0
The Trump administration continues to use the virus to bolster its greater anti-immigrant platform.
Trump held a closed-door meeting with Senate Republicans regarding the coronavirus response on Tuesday afternoon. No Democrats were invited to attend, because apparently viruses are partisan.
Feeling safe yet?