100 Facts on the Trump Pandemic Response

Because No One Should be Entitled to Their Own Facts

“Everyone is entitled to their own opinion,” said Daniel Patrick Moynihan, “but not to his own facts.” Following President Trump’s confrontational interview with Chris Wallace of Fox News, I wanted to put together a list of facts from the US coronavirus response. Here’s 100 of them. I’ll let you form your own opinions.

  1. On January 11, the first death from a confirmed case of Covid-19 is reported in China.
  2. On January 21, the first case of Covid-19 in the US is confirmed in Washington State.
  3. The next day, Trump tells the media that “we have it totally under control. It’s one person coming in from China, and we have it under control. It’s going to be just fine.”
  4. On January 29, Trump tweets that he received a briefing on Covid-19 and asserts that the US is “on top of it 24/7.”
  5. On January 30, the World Health Organization declares the coronavirus a global health emergency.
  6. Two days later, Trump spends the day playing golf.
  7. On February 2, the US begins its travel ban for most people traveling from China.
  8. Trump later claimed that the US took action “far earlier than anyone would have thought and way ahead of anybody else.”
  9. At the point that the US began it’s travel ban, 46 other countries and territories had already implemented some form of travel restriction.
  10. In the annual State of the Union address, Trump says that his “administration will take all necessary steps to safeguard our citizens from this threat.”
  11. The first confirmed US death of Covid-19 occurs on February 6th.
  12. On February 23, on an impromptu South Lawn press conference, Trump again claims that the coronavirus is “under control.”
  13. On February 24, Wall Street had it’s worst day in two years, following a spike in Coronavirus cases in South Korea and Italy.
  14. The next day, the Trump Administration sent a letter to Congress, requesting $2.5 billion in funding for vaccine development, testing, and more.
  15. On February 26, Trump appoints Pence to lead the coronavirus task force.
  16. One day later, Trump predicts that the coronavirus will disappear: “One day it’s like a miracle, it will disappear.”
  17. On February 28, Trump refers to the coronavirus as a political hoax, perpetrated by the Democrats.
  18. On March 5, Pence acknowledged that the administration does not have enough tests to meet expected demand.
  19. The next day, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar contradicted Pence, claiming that “there is no testing kit shortage, nor has there ever been.”
  20. Also on March 6, Trump says that “anybody that wants a test can get a test.”
  21. At the time, limited tests meant that Health Care Providers needed to ration them and limit their use to those in dire need.
  22. On March 12, Fauci acknowledged that it was “a failing” that the demand for coronavirus tests was not being met.
  23. On March 26, the US surpasses 1,000 Covid-19 deaths.
  24. When asked if he took responsibility for the lack of available tests, Trump said: “I don’t take any responsibility at all.”
  25. A report by the Health and Human Services inspector general Christi Grimm found that US hospitals were experiencing serious shortages of PPE and testing kits.
  26. Trump later moved to replace Christi Grimm.
  27. On March 4, Dr. Fauci explains why the coronavirus is much more dangerous than the common flu.
  28. On March 4, Trump told Fox News that he didn’t believe the WHO global death rate of 3.4%, stating that his “hunch” is that the true figure is “way under 1%.”
  29. The current death rate, or case-fatality rate, in the US is 3.7%.
  30. On March 9, Trump issues a tweet downplaying the coronavirus and comparing it to the common flu.
  31. On March 10, in a meeting with Republican senators, Trump advised people that “it will go away. Just stay calm. It will go away.”
  32. On March 17, Trump told reporters that he “felt it was a pandemic long before it was called a pandemic.”
  33. On March 19, Trump claimed that the FDA approved hydroxychloroquine “very, very quickly” for treating Covid-19.
  34. The FDA had not approved it for Covid-19 treatment, saying that “its safety and effectiveness has not been proven with regard to the coronavirus.”
  35. Trump recommended it based on a French clinical study that showed a 70% cure rate in 20 patients.
  36. This study has been widely criticized by outside experts for small sample size and lack of statistical controls.
  37. Six of the treated patients dropped out of the study, with three of them going into intensive care and one dying.
  38. A man died, with his wife in critical condition, after they ingested chloroquine phosphate in fish bowl cleaner to protect themselves from Covid-19.
  39. In April, a study showed that treatment with hydroxychloroquine was linked to higher rates of death than those who didn’t receive any drug treatment.
  40. Hydroxychloroquine is an antimalarial used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus by decreasing the activity of the immune system.
  41. Following Trump’s promotion of the drug, widespread shortages caused lupus patients to struggle to fill their prescriptions.
  42. On May 18, Trump continued to promote the drug, saying that he was taking hydroxychloroquine himself and asking “What have you got to lose?”
  43. When Fox News’ Neil Cavuto referenced the clinical studies, and replied that people could lose their lives, Trump attacked him on Twitter.
  44. Trump also commented that he missed “the great Roger Ailes.”
  45. Roger Ailes resigned from Fox after 23 women accused him of sexual assault.
  46. On April 13, Trump suggests plans to override state shelter-in-place orders, claiming his “authority is total.”
  47. The next day, Trump threatened to halt funding to WHO until a review could assess their role in “severely mismanaging and covering up the spread of the coronavirus.”
  48. On April 16, the Trump administration releases reopening guidelines, deferring all leadership decisions to the states.
  49. The next day, as small groups of protestors violate shelter-in-place orders, Trump calls on his supporters to “liberate” Michigan, Minnesota, and Virginia.
  50. Michigan, Minnesota, and Virginia all have Democratic governors.
  51. On April 30, the Trump administration allows federal “Stay at Home” guidelines to expire, leaving decisions up to individual states.
  52. A week later, the US passes 75,000 Covid-19 deaths.
  53. The next day, Trump described the US as “the world leader” in responding to Covid-19.
  54. On May 22, Trump labels churches as essential and threatens to override any governors who fail to open them.
  55. There are no federal laws allowing the President to overrule state governors’ public health orders.
  56. In mid-April, Mark Grenon wrote to Trump to tell him that his “miracle mineral supplement” of chlorine dioxide “can rid the body of Covid-19.”
  57. Mark Grenon calls himself the “archbishop” of Genesis II — a Florida-based group that claims to be a church, but is actually a promoter of chlorine dioxide bleach as a “miracle cure” in the US.
  58. Chlorine dioxide is a powerful bleach used in textile manufacturing that can have fatal side-effects if ingested.
  59. Grenon claims that his miracle supplement can cure 99% of all illnesses including cancer, malaria, HIV/Aids, autism, and Covid-19.
  60. A snake oil salesman is defined as someone who knowingly sells fraudulent goods or who is himself or herself a fraud, quack, charlatan, and the like.
  61. Genesis II advises users, including children, to mix three to six drops of their miracle cure bleach in water and drink it.
  62. On April 23, a few days after Grenon sent the letter, Trump promotes bleach as a potential coronavirus treatment, saying “And then I see the disinfectant, where it knocks it out in a minute. One minute. And is there a way we can do something like that, by injection inside or almost a cleaning. Because you see it gets in the lungs and it does a tremendous number on the lungs, so it’d be interesting to check that.”
  63. The next day, health department emergency hotlines received “hundreds of calls…asking if it was right to ingest Clorox.”
  64. On April 24, Lysol issued a statement saying that “under no circumstance should our disinfectant products be administered into the human body (through injection, ingestion or any other route).”
  65. Several days later, a man in Kansas drank toxic disinfectant.
  66. When asked whether he takes any responsibility for the spike in disinfectant usage, Trump replied, “No, I don’t.”
  67. In a March 29 speech at the Rose Garden, Trump extends CDC social distancing guidance through April 30.
  68. In the same speech, he says that he believes his administration will have “done a very good job” if it avoids the worst-case 2.2 million deaths predicted by a London Imperial College Study.
  69. The London Imperial College Study predicted that up to 2.2 million people could die if the US does nothing to suppress the spread of the disease, stating “In the (unlikely) absence of any control measures…we would predict approximately 510,000 deaths in GB and 2.2 million in the US.”
  70. The implied criteria for a “very good job” is anything better than the nothing.
  71. On April 3, after the CDC recommends the public wear masks, Trump responds that he’s “choosing not to do it.”
  72. On April 6, the US surpasses 10,000 Covid-19 deaths.
  73. On April 24, the US surpasses 50,000 Covid-19 deaths.
  74. While Trump wore a mask during a May tour of a Michigan Ford plant, he took it off before appearing for the media. He said that he “didn’t want to give the press the pleasure” of seeing him wearing a mask.
  75. On May 26, Trump asked a journalist to remove his mask while he asked a question. The journalist offered to talk louder while keeping his mask in place. Trump responded by saying the journalist wanted to be “politically correct.”
  76. On May 28, the US surpasses 100,000 Covid-19 deaths.
  77. On June 11, the US surpasses 2,000,000 confirmed Covid-19 cases.
  78. On July 1, Trump pivots on the topic and says that he’s “all for masks” and would wear one in situations where social distancing isn’t possible.
  79. On July 8, the US surpasses 3,000,000 confirmed Covid-19 cases.
  80. Trump stopped attending Coronavirus task force meetings due to a lack of a time.
  81. In the months of June and July, Trump visited his golf courses 13 times to date.
  82. During the July 19 interview, Trump attributed the increased cases to increased testing.
  83. Some level of increased testing would result in total increased cases.
  84. The number of tests has increased by 37%.
  85. The number of cases has increased by 194%.
  86. Also during the July 19 interview, Trump claimed that the US has “one of the lowest mortality rates in the world.”
  87. Of all countries with at least 100,000 cases, the United States has the sixth highest mortality rate (deaths per 100,000 people).
  88. The US mortality rate is currently 42.95 per 100,000 population.
  89. Germany’s is 10.96.
  90. The mortality rate in Agentina is 5.08.
  91. Sixteen nations, including Mexico, Germany, Canada, Brazil, and India all have lower mortality rates.
  92. When Trump requested the data during the interview, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany handed him a case-fatality rate chart.
  93. The case-fatality rate compares the quantity of deaths to overall cases. It measures how likely you are to die if infected.
  94. The US case-fatality rate is currently 3.7%.
  95. India’s case-fatality rate is 2.5%.
  96. South Africa’s case-fatality rate is 1.4%.
  97. No fewer than fifteen nations have lower case-fatality rates than the US.
  98. If you ignore all of the countries with lower mortality and case-fatality rates, then yes, the US has the best mortality rate.
  99. Ignoring all of the data that doesn’t support your argument isn’t an acceptable scientific method.
  100. As of writing this, the US death toll is 140,630.

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