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Trump Shamed After Bragging that Virus Death Toll Isn't So Bad 'If You Take the Blue States Out'

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With nearly 200 thousand American deaths so far, the United States has suffered more virus deaths than any other country in the world.

President Donald Trump, who repeatedly dismissed the virus during the early stages of the outbreak in the United States, has largely failed in his attempts to defend the stratospheric death toll to the American public.

His latest defense of these deaths—at a Wednesday White House press briefing—suffered the same fate.

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Trump said:

"You look at what we've done and all of the lives we've saved...that's despite the fact that the blue states had tremendous death rates. If you take the blue states out, we're at a level that I don't think anybody in the world would be at."

The President's claim came after he presented a graph showing the current death toll compared with early numbers that predicted significantly more deaths.

Trump didn't acknowledge that these numbers were predicting the deaths that would have occurred with no intervention whatsoever, so these don't account for the hundreds of mayors and governors across the country who instituted precautions and strategies that helped to slow the spread—despite criticisms from President Trump.

People were disgusted that the President appeared not to be disturbed by the numbers, since many of the deaths hit blue states the hardest.

Trump has faced outcry for what critics say is an apathy toward the lives of those residing in states he lost in the electoral college.