After recently revising his estimate of total coronavirus deaths from 60,000 to 70,000, Friday afternoon Trump once again raised his projections – this time to “hopefully” below under 100,000.
Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, President Trump and constantly moved the goalposts as to what would be considered a success.
First, we had 15 people that ““within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero.” Then, he said, “It’s going to disappear. One day it’s like a miracle, it will disappear.” During a February 28 rally, he called the coronavirus a Democratic “hoax.” After that, he repeatedly compared the coronavirus to the flu. Then, he said that while some have compared the virus to the flu, he knew it was far worse and that it was a pandemic all along.
That doesn’t even scratch the surface. Getting tired yet?
Trump’s new line is that any number under 2.2 million total deaths would be a job well done. 2.2 MILLION! This, you may remember, was an early worst-case projection by experts if social distancing measures were not followed.
We’ve sure come a long way from when Trump said the coronavirus would “have a very good ending” in the U.S.
Free tip for the president: stop making projections and start getting to work.