Courtesy of Axios:
President Trump said in an interview with “Axios on HBO” that he thinks the coronavirus is as well-controlled in the U.S. as it can be, despite dramatic surges in new infections over the course of the summer and more than 150,000 American deaths.
“They are dying, that’s true. And you have — it is what it is. But that doesn’t mean we aren’t doing everything we can. It’s under control as much as you can control it. This is a horrible plague,” he told Axios’ Jonathan Swan.
The U.S. is averaging roughly 65,000 new cases and 1,000 deaths per day. The virus has already killed nearly 150,000 Americans, and it spread largely unchecked through almost the entire country throughout June and July.
In the interview, which took place last Tuesday, Trump returned to familiar themes and areas where the U.S. really has made significant progress. He cited the dramatic increase in ventilator production, the ramp-up in testing and treatment that has reduced the overall fatality rate from the virus.
Yes, but: He painted a far rosier picture of the pandemic than most data would support.
Once again I watched a Donald Trump interview with a slack jaw.
How, how does he misunderstand data to completely?
So apparently what Trump is arguing is that we only have so many Covid-19 cases because we test more than other countries, but that we are better at keeping people alive once they test positive than other countries despite the fact that we have over 150,000 deaths.
That is how a toddler thinks.
Did you see those huge colorful graphs he was showing the reporter?
That is how you teach preschoolers not world leaders.
No, Donnie, the important statistics are the number of people being hospitalized and the number of deaths per capita and in both categories America sucks balls.