On Saturday, Trump spoke to hundreds of people from the White House balcony, announcing that the coronavirus is disappearing.
After Trump recovered from the virus, his physician advised that he has not tested negative yet, but he is no longer contagious. However, the president paid no heed to this advice and immediately arranged an event in the Rose Garden of the White House.
On top of that, the event had attendance from Black and Latino Americans as well, which made matters worse as reports have shown, these groups have been largely affected by the coronavirus. In addition to this, he has also announced three more rallies that will be carried out in the next week.
This could have been a great opportunity for the president to increase his ratings and change his stance towards the virus, choosing to spread awareness about the dangers of the pandemic and encouraging preventative measures.
However, the president did not take this route, resulting in Biden having a 17-point advantage over Trump regarding the health measures concerning the pandemic. Moreover, a poll by Reuters has also shown that 59% of US citizens are opposed to Trump’s strategy in dealing with the pandemic.
Trump has constantly made racist remarks when it comes to the virus calling it the ‘China virus’. He also continues to claim that he is immune from the virus even though the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have explained that survivors of the virus may not be necessarily immune.
Coronavirus cases continue to rise in the United States and public health officials fear a second wave of the virus is around the corner. John Hopkins University has reported that more than 214,000 Americans have already succumbed to the virus.
The University of Washington’s School of Medicine has also predicted that by early 2021, coronavirus death tolls could rise to 395,000 if preventative measures are not taken.
After Trump was discharged from the hospital recently, he announced that discussions on a coronavirus stimulus package were coming to a stop. He changed his statement immediately, however, and offered a $1.8 trillion package.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has responded to this, speaking about how inadequate this sum is considering the health crisis the country is currently facing.