President Donald Trump has been patting himself on the back for his response to the virus that's killed nearly 70 thousand Americans and completely upended daily life in the United States.
Desperate to revive the economy despite the risks posed to human life, Trump has repeatedly encouraged governors to reopen non-essential businesses in their states and to scale back stay-at-home orders recommended by health experts to curb the spread of the virus.
This is despite recent models from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicating that deaths could surpass 135 thousand by August—double the current number of deaths. This model's credibility was bolstered when a report from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IMHE) at the University of Seattle reached the same conclusion.
Trump is still calling for a return to normalcy, no matter how premature.
The President said to reporters on Tuesday:
"We did everything right, but now it's time to go back to work."
When asked whether or not he still believed this in light of these models, the President said that they didn't factor in mitigation, such as the stay-at-home orders he's criticized.
TRUMP: "The people of our country should think of themselves as warriors. Our country has to open. Those projection… https://t.co/3NoIwEX2xJ— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar)1588707707.0
"Those projections are without mitigation, we're doing a lot of mitigation...Our country has to open. Those projections are with no mitigation."
This proved to be false, as the IMHE model states:
"IHME's model assumes that mandates that are currently in place will stay in place until infections are minimized. The projected US deaths through early August total 134,475, with a range of 95,092 to 242,890."
People didn't hesitate to call Trump out for the lie.
Trump lied today about new projections for up to 135,000 COVID-19 deaths. He said they're based on a scenario of "n… https://t.co/QTdADJstf5— Mark Jacob (@Mark Jacob)1588701249.0
In the absence of daily WH briefings we are back to gaggles in front of loud flying devices. We must concur with A… https://t.co/lW2y416ILr— COVID Perspective (@COVID Perspective)1588708349.0
Not only a lie but also an attempt to further distance himself from the failure ahead and confirmation of the fall… https://t.co/RxrOCl2l1q— Andrew Rounds (@Andrew Rounds)1588708275.0
@markknoller Hey, somebody with actual followers, who can get the word out, needs to correct Trump's statement that… https://t.co/ygyzJmiJG3— Kas is Stayin' Home (@Kas is Stayin' Home)1588691653.0
The President is endangering the lives of people he swore to protect.
His make-believe nonsense is deadly. How many people are going to buy it wholesale without thinking, and help his r… https://t.co/tITObT2L2h— Cori Gunnells (@Cori Gunnells)1588708115.0
Hear that everyone? You're not underpaid or underemployed, you're a warrior and work is your war, and if you die do… https://t.co/yOzVc4zGNn— The Jersey Devil (@The Jersey Devil)1588707843.0
Do you think there’ll be a time in the millennia to come when kids will ask their parents whether someone as inept,… https://t.co/xxbzDAGfJE— muffkin (@muffkin)1588703030.0
For a deeper look into Trump's ineptitude, check out A Very Stable Genius, available here.