During an interview with ABC’s David Muir on Tuesday, Donald Trump was asked what he would say to families who have lost a loved one to COVID-19. Trump responded “I want to say, ‘I love you.’ I want to say that we’re doing everything we can.” Trump went on to tell Muir “We’re working with you. We’re supplying vast amounts of money, like never before. We want that money to get to the people. and we want ‘em to get better.“
“Do you believe that’s the reality we’re facing that — that lives will be lost to reopen the country?” Muir asked Trump during an interview in Phoenix, Arizona, on the president’s first major trip in months since the virus outbreak worsened.
“It’s possible there will be some because you won’t be locked into an apartment or a house or whatever it is,” Trump said. “But at the same time, we’re going to practice social distancing, we’re going to be washing hands, we’re going to be doing a lot of the things that we’ve learned to do over the last period of time.“
To clarify, Donald Trump wants families who have lost loved ones to COVID-19 to know he loves them so much he’s willing to let more people die because his supporters think stay-at-home orders are the equivalent of Japanese internment camps.
As of Wednesday, U.S. COVID-19 deaths have topped 70,000. Donald Trump will continue to encourage governors to reopen their states, continue to tell us all what a fantastic, perfect, wonderful job his administration has done dealing with COVID-19, and continue his plan to dismantle the COVID-19 taskforce, even as that number rises.