On Saturday, Eric Trump took a page out of his father’s playbook and claimed that the coronavirus will “magically” vanish as soon as the November elections are over. He added that at that point the country will be fully reopened.
Trump made these baseless claims during an interview with Jeanine Pirro of Fox News. During the interview, Eric Trump suggested that his father’s critics were using the health crisis to undermine his “cognizant strategy” that would cease once it was no longer politically expedient.
“You watch, they’ll milk it every single day between now and November 3,” the younger Trump said. “And guess what, after November 3, coronavirus will magically, all of a sudden, go away and disappear and everybody will be able to reopen.”
During the interview, Trump also attacked his father’s political rival Joe Biden and he boasted about the crowd sizes at his father’s events’.
“They think they’re taking away Donald Trump’s greatest tool, which is being able to go into an arena and fill it with 50,000 people every single time,” he said.
The Biden campaign pushed back against Trump’s comments, calling them “unbelievably reckless.”
“We’re in the middle of the biggest public health emergency in a century, with almost 90,000 Americans dead, 1.5 million infected, and 36 million workers newly jobless,” said Biden communications director Kate Bedingfield in a statement. “So, for Eric Trump to claim that the coronavirus is a political hoax that will ‘magically’ disappear is absolutely stunning and unbelievably reckless.”
She went on to accuse the Trump administration of being “desperate to do whatever they can to throw up a smokescreen to try to conceal his historic mismanagement of this crisis.”
Our countries top health officials have repeatedly stated that COVID-19 will not go away by fall and that a predicted surge of cases at the end of the year will be much harder to manage than the current outbreak.
Anthony S. Fauci, the government’s top infectious-disease expert, stated back in April that the global spread of COVID-19 made it inevitable that the disease would return or linger long beyond fall.
Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, recently told The Washington Post the second wave of COVID-19 could be worse than the first because it would coincide with the flu season.
Even Donald Trump has acknowledged that the pandemic will remain a public health problem for several months. Trump says that “doesn’t mean it’s going to be gone, frankly, by fall or after the fall.”