- Apr 29, 2020
- United States
In a series of interviews from spring 2020, the president showed his understanding of just how deadly the coronavirus truly is—all while publicly downplaying its severity.
Weeks before eventually declaring a national emergency, President Donald Trump admitted to legendary investigative journalist Bob Woodward that he knew the coronavirus that’s now killed 190,000 Americans was airborne, highly contagious, and “more deadly than even your strenuous flus.”
And there are tapes of Trump making these on-record comments, including his admission that he “wanted to always play it down.”
The president, who minimized the virus for weeks before finally and belatedly acknowledging in mid-March that measures needed to be taken to combat it, told Woodward on Feb. 7 that “this is deadly stuff.” At the same time, Trump was publicly downplaying the danger of the virus, claiming repeatedly that it would just “go away” and “disappear,” a refrain he has held onto to this day.
This man who said that if we stopped testing, the numbers wouldn't be so high.
The man who didn't want to further our knowledge of this virus because it would magically go away.
We want to talk about Biden's policies on this and that. Trump willfully lied to the American People, denied knowledge, and killed people like my mother and my grandmother.
Not only do I want him not to win this year, I want him in jail for at least a year for every American Death starting from his Misinformation Campaign.
To everyone who still wants to vote for him at this election... You know now what he did. You know the cost it carried, and you're putting politics over human life. Talk around that any way you like, it's inhuman.