But I did read about it – It was worse than I thought!
President Donald J. Trump held a coronavirus news briefing on Monday. It was the the first in weeks in which Trump and coronavirus task force officials took questions. I didn’t watch because, frankly, I can’t watch him anymore. The lies, the absolutely idiotic statements that spew from this man’s mouth are injurious to my mental health. If you do watch, the only way to endure is to be fully prepared.
You need to wear extreme protection to listen to, and watch this man. But unlike the coronavirus, in this case you need even more equipment to be fully secure; not just a mask but the full PPE: mask, dark-colored, opaque safety goggles (if you cannot find this type of goggle, a blindfold will work in an emergency), earplugs and, most importantly, a helmet so you don’t concuss when you start banging your head against any available hard surface.
Unfortunately, this morning I did read some of the things President Donald J. Trump did say. And boy, am I glad I didn’t watch him live.
Trump told two egregious lies, made a racist comment to a reporter and finally walked out of the briefing in a huff.
The first lie was debunked in real-time:
Trump has long claimed that the coronavirus does not affect children, that they are “in the clear.” After being asked about a mysterious condition affecting children, a task force member, Adm. Brett Giroir, corrected him that the condition has actually proven fatal to children. Chastised, Trump turned to better news. Or at least what he wrongly stated was better news.
“I think one of the things we’re most proud of is, this just came out — deaths per 100,000 people, death,” Trump said. “So deaths per 100,000 people — Germany and the United States are at the lowest rung of that ladder. Meaning low is a positive, not a negative. Germany, the United States are the two best in deaths per 100,000 people, which frankly, to me, that’s perhaps the most important number there is.”
When I read that my first thought was, “That doesn’t sound right.” So in the time it took me to type “coronavirus deaths per 100,000 people,” I had the answer. Trump was wrong. Shocking!
The U.S. isn’t at the lowest rung of the ladder, it is 132nd of 142 countries. Here’s an excerpt from the Johns Hopkins University – Coronavirus Resource Center:
Trump, the stable genius, was talking about a completely different statistic, fatalities as a percent of total confirmed cases. This statistic is actually shown in the table above and more completely below and does, in fact, rank the U.S. right behind Germany – but on a COMPLETELY DIFFERENT METRIC! So, in his defense, he wasn’t really lying; he was just being…stupid. And since he was reading the stats from a piece of paper, someone must have prepped him. And gave him the wrong information. Where is Jared when you need him?
Ok, now that we’ve gotten that bit of lunacy out of the way, Trump ended his “briefing” by making a racist comment to a CBS journalist of Chinese descent and then stormed off when he called on another journalist and became annoyed that she didn’t ask her questions quickly enough.
Both reporters, by the way, were women.
Folks, “This is our country, grandest on earth!