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Former Florida Republican congressman and host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough excoriated Donald Trump’s leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic on-air during his program.
There have been more than 1.6 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 worldwide The virus has killed more than 100,000.
In the United States, 503,177 cases have been reported, including 18,761, according to the most recent figures.
“This is, again, more people than died at 9/11 plus a 20-year war in Afghanistan, plus the tragedy in Iraq. Add it all up, more Americans have died from this than all those wars. And this is what Donald Trump said back on February 26: ‘When you have 15 people, and the 15 within a couple of days is going to be close to zero, that’s a pretty good job that we’ve done,’” Scarborough said. “Fifteen people. Pretty soon, it will be close to zero. We’ve done a pretty good job. And throughout February, he kept talking about how, in April, we were going to have warm weather, and it was all going to magically go away.
“Well, now we’re in April, and almost 1,800 people died yesterday of coronavirus, of a pandemic that he said would magically go away in April,” he added. “And yet, as the Wall Street Journal, and actually other conservatives are now starting to say, the president is hurting his cause because, well, almost 1,800 Americans are dying in a day.
“He’s talking about his TV ratings. Talk about being ill-equipped, not just to be president, not just to be a leader in the middle of a pandemic, but ill-equipped to be a leader of anything. You’re talking about your ratings when more — 1,800 people are dying in a single day. It’s actually gotten too much even for Republicans and even for the Wall Street Journal editorial page to handle anymore, Willie,” he said to co-host Willie Geist.
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