As the virus death toll in the United States nears 140 thousand and the U.S. continues to break its own records in daily new cases, President Donald Trump is assuring Americans that everything is under control.
The President insists that expanded testing is the reason for the high number of cases, failing to acknowledge that the rate of positive cases to tests administered is disproportionately high. Trump boasts that the death rate is low, not pointing out that the deaths soon to result from recent spikes haven't happened yet. In the past two days, this death rate has begun to rise.
As the President decries the advice of medical experts on Twitter, 2020 Democratic nominee Joe Biden released a chilling new ad on Twitter, highlighting the dissonance between Trump's assurances and reality.
"We're leading the world." https://t.co/QQzaQeKAUj— Joe Biden (@Joe Biden)1594667700.0
"Everybody's excited. They're going back to work safely, but they're going back to work. We're opening up our country again and this is what we're doing. And I'll tell you the whole world is excited watching us, because we're leading the world."
Cases in the United States have surpassed three million as numerous states are scaling back reopening measures after new surges.
The statement used in the ad was reminiscent of recent comments by White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, who said the United States' was seen as a "leader" of the virus. That was only true in the sense that the U.S. leads the world in cases and deaths.
The ad brought Trump's ineptitude into grim focus.
@JoeBiden We are the laughing stock of the world, thanks to Donald Trump.— Republicans for Joe Biden (@Republicans for Joe Biden)1594668140.0
@JoeBiden Stand with Fauci and science or die with Trump. The choice is that simple.— SARP👺 (@SARP👺)1594667722.0
@JoeBiden Genocide of a Nation Brought to us by the Gop— GwenieB🌊🆘😷 (@GwenieB🌊🆘😷)1594671194.0
@JoeBiden So much winning https://t.co/zr7MJrDg6T— 🥀Thursday’s Child - (@🏠)🥀 (@🥀Thursday’s Child - (@🏠)🥀)1594672036.0
@JoeBiden I’m old enough to remember Trump saying about reopening, “Transition to greatness“. We all know that cat… https://t.co/vpBfXGkWE5— Linda Marsh (@Linda Marsh)1594678167.0
Though Trump boasted in May that the whole world was excited to see the so-called leadership from the United States in opening up, time has proven that false.
Multiple countries are well on their way to fully reopening. New Zealand, declaring itself virus free, struck down all virus restrictions this week.
Meanwhile, virus rates in states like Florida and Texas continue to soar.
Now, many Americans are looking at the rest of the world with envy—and the world isn't looking back with admiration.
Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand, declared their country virus-free because they listened to science.… https://t.co/1Ij1i1SWwP— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@BrooklynDad_Defiant!)1594653432.0
@GrumpyAmb @JoeBiden We’re not laughing at you. There is nothing funny about watching the tragedy unfolding in Amer… https://t.co/Gi23ssYkbT— Linda Marsh (@Linda Marsh)1594678417.0
New Zealand Covid free and we approaching our second lockdown https://t.co/NIx9S7w1Vy— The Most Bestest (@The Most Bestest)1594603934.0
@dearsusanbranch @JoeBiden @SueGlashauser I hear often from my friend in Ireland. They are just gobsmacked that this is happening over here.— Janice Badger Nelson RN (@Janice Badger Nelson RN)1594677837.0
Florida recently shattered the single-day record for new cases of any state: 15,300.