Thursday, May 14, 2020

Trump says 'We’ve done a great job.' Number of COVID-19 deaths is 85,600 and climbing

This morning (May 14, 2020) Trump said that he and his administration were managing the pandemic very well. “We’ve done a great job.”

From Remarks by President Trump Before Marine One Departure (transcript issued May 14, 2020):

“I’ll tell you what: What we’ve done on ventilators and what we’ve done on testing — except the press doesn’t write it that way because you have all this fake news. But what we’ve done on testing, we’ve now tested more than the entire world put together. The entire world put together, we have many more tests than they do and better tests. And the reason we have more cases is because we have more testing.”

And that brag and BS from the mismanagement team of the Trumpidemic.

As of noon, MST, the COVID–19 death count was 85,601. Projections from models indicate that we can expect way over 100,000 by the end of May.

Trump’s only response has been scorn for modelers and the results. Somehow, I doubt that, despite his attempts to reduce the number in order to make him look good, the numbers will continue to make him look bad.

Perhaps Trump subscribes to a saying often attributed to Josef Stalin - which is our Quote of the Day:

“A single death is a tragedy, a million deaths is a statistic.” Attributed to Josef Stalin in New York Times Book Review, September 28, 1958. -Freakonomics.com

Might that explain Trump’s indifference, his emotional flatness? Is 85,601 is just a statistic to him?

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