With over one million tests in just a few months, the United States has of the virus that's caused the current global pandemic than any country in the world.
A lot of this is due to President Donald Trump's repeated dismissals of the threat posed by the virus in its crucial beginning stages, when it could have most easily been contained. The President repeatedly dismissed the need for a national testing apparatus and promised that the virus would disappear "like a miracle."
Nearly 100 thousand Americans have died since then and there's still no national testing apparatus.
Determined as ever to turn a catastrophe into a chance to boast, the President insisted on Tuesday that it's actually good that there are so many documented cases of the virus.
Trump says the U.S. having the most COVID-19 cases in the world is "a badge of honor": "I don't look at that as a… https://t.co/NtYB6kkiHT— Pod Save America (@Pod Save America)1589920990.0
The President insisted that the United States having more cases than anyone in the world just meant that its testing was superior to any country in the world. This is false. The United States has tested the most people in the world, but not the most people per capita. The per capita testing rate is not yet enough to glean an accurate determination of the spread of the virus.
The Trump administration claims that per-capita testing is at a healthy rate compared to other countries, but doesn't point out that those countries haven't needed as much testing because they began implementing a nationwide testing apparatus early on.
Nevertheless, Trump said:
"When we have a lot of cases, I don't look at that as a bad thing. I look at that, in a certain respect, as being a good thing. Because it means our testing is much better....I view it as a badge of honor. Really, it's a badge of honor."
The idiocy left people flummoxed.
@PodSaveAmerica ..... what— kara 🦄 (@kara 🦄)1589923078.0
This is what you say when you have no earthy idea what you're talking about. He thinks higher infection numbers m… https://t.co/afq6p4E8TB— The Doctor (@The Doctor)1589927187.0
As the kids say - weird flex, but ok https://t.co/WnwOHBz9K3— AJ Mithen (@AJ Mithen)1589927805.0
WHAT??? https://t.co/iSsBw47Y7i— Rouven Kasten (@Rouven Kasten)1589923725.0
In what world is this a badge of honor?
A "badge of honor?" Trump is utterly revolting and disgusting to even revel in the deaths of close to 100,000 Ameri… https://t.co/AQ3ROQov7s— 📰TPFNewsNow📰 (@📰TPFNewsNow📰)1589921275.0
Nearly a third of the deaths worldwide belong to the United States. Ask him if he's proud of that. https://t.co/PWEFwAm4wf— Kaz Weida (@Kaz Weida)1589921865.0
As the corpses pile up--I mean, let's face it, this is a mountain of cadavers. Mt. Doom squints upward toward our m… https://t.co/d8EVus2aKx— Jason (@Jason)1589924878.0
And we still aren't performing enough tests.