Trump's Treasury Secretary Just Made the Most Cringey Freudian Slip in an Interview and Now 'Freudian' Is Trending
President Donald Trump's handling of the virus that's killed over 250 thousand Americans is one of the defining criticisms of his tumultuous four years in office.
Throughout every stage of the virus' outbreak, the President has downplayed its severity and spread misinformation on how to prevent it. As early as February, the President admitted to journalist Bob Woodward in a recently released interview that the virus was far worse than "even your strenuous flus." Publicly—as recently as early October—Trump lied that the virus was not much worse than the flu.
He dismissed his own administration's guidelines to wear masks, which are proven to slow the spread of the virus. This mobilized hundreds, potentially thousands, of his supporters to oppose mandates requiring them, insisting that these are an effort to exercise control over Americans.
He floated questionable or even lethal options for a cure, such as injecting bleach or ingesting the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine.
Fortunately, two separate trials of a vaccine for the virus have shown promising results and introduced the possibility of a return to some sort of normal as soon as April of next year.
Trump's Treasury Secretary, Steve Mnuchin, tried to express optimism on the distribution of a vaccine, but instead, he only succeeded in an unfortunate Freudian slip.
"We're working on mass distribution of the virus." — Treasury Sec. Steve Mnuchin, who we hope is working on mass distribution of the ~vaccine~ and not the virus. pic.twitter.com/DqaTC1ZTmD
— The Recount (@therecount) November 20, 2020
"Again, we're working on mass distribution of the virus."
It wasn't what Mnuchin meant to say, but there's more than a little truth to the statement.
The very day Mnuchin made this comment, multiple people in the White House—including Andrew Giuliani, the son of Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani—tested positive for the virus.
Not only did Trump himself contract the virus at the end of September, but so did First Lady Melania Trump and dozens of others who work at the White House, largely thanks to the super spreader event at the Oval Office that month celebrating the nomination of now-Justice Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.
But it wasn't just the White House sphere that's experienced widespread infection.
A study at Stanford University found that Trump's persistent rallies packed with thousands of supporters throughout the pandemic led to 30 thousand cases of the highly contagious virus.
So when Mnuchin said the White House was working on mass distribution of the virus, people agreed he accidentally told the truth.
Honesty is always the best policy. https://t.co/OAUd18Tbd1
— Wajahat "Wears a Mask Because of a Pandemic" Ali (@WajahatAli) November 20, 2020
No, that was accurate https://t.co/7NIirmrDSZ
— Brooke Binkowski (@brooklynmarie) November 20, 2020
Sadly this is an accurate statement https://t.co/hTfRAP2Lkd
— March For Science 😷 (@MarchForScience) November 20, 2020
"Freudian" soon began trending on Twitter.
Here goes the best Freudian slip of Trump's Admin.
Mnuchin: We are working on the wide distribution of the viruspic.twitter.com/KsqV2ypGLj
— Tosin Ash.💧 (@Tosyneno) November 20, 2020
This really is the mother of all Freudian slips
— 🇭🇰 Kunal Shah 🇺🇸🇬🇧 (@realKunalAShah) November 20, 2020
A perfect example of a Freudian slip doesn't exi… https://t.co/jK3h5AsCC7
— AshleyJA (@therapy_mamma) November 20, 2020
If the Trump administration's goal was to achieve mass distribution of the virus, it's more than succeeded.
He meant what he said, and on that front the Trump Administration is doing a *fabulous* job of keeping their word. https://t.co/HHTWKzcfdP
— Charles #GetCovered-ba (@charles_gaba) November 20, 2020
The Trump administration has already achieved mass distribution of the virus. Promise kept. https://t.co/r1gSspFswy
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 20, 2020
Well, they are doing an absolutely amazing job at that. https://t.co/7r4dxFOnvcpic.twitter.com/ms4yebmCSo
— Chris O'Coin (@OCOIN) November 20, 2020