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President Donald Trump politicized the deaths of tens of thousands of Americans on Wednesday, placing the blame for the nation’s high death toll from coronavirus on “blue states.”
“The blue states had tremendous death rates,” Trump said at a Wednesday press conference on the pandemic. “If you take the blue states out, we’re at a level that I don’t think anybody in the world would be at, we’re really at a very low level.”
He told North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Michigan to “open up their states,” saying that keeping businesses closed to prevent the spread of the virus is “hurting people far more than the disease itself.” The president added that “the vulnerable are primarily people with medical problems… who are older… so open up your states.”
It’s worth noting that there have been significant deaths from coronavirus in states across the country, regardless of their governors’ political affiliation. In fact, four out of the top 10 states with the highest number of COVID-19 deaths are led by Republican governors: Texas, Florida, Massachusetts and Georgia.
The U.S. continues to lead the world with more than 6.6 million confirmed coronavirus cases. In the first months of the coronavirus’s spread in the U.S., Trump repeatedly downplayed the threat of the virus and then urged states to reopen businesses, flouting health experts’ recommendations.
#COVID19 cases declined in most states in the last 7 days, but COVID-19 is widespread in many areas, particularly in the upper Great Plains, Midwest, and South. Six states reported over 10,000 new cases in the last week. See more data: https://t.co/CEcelDa6Hb. pic.twitter.com/564xEJy0BO— CDC (@CDCgov) September 16, 2020
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