Earlier this week, Donald Trump stated that the nation may just have to accept the fact that additional coronavirus deaths are necessary in order to reopen the country.
“We have to be warriors,” Trump stated when a reporter asked if Americans should expect additional deaths as the country looks to reopen. “We can’t keep our country closed down for years.”
Trump then quickly added, “Hopefully that won’t be the case … but it could very well be the case.”
On Tuesday, while Trump visited a mask-making factory Arizona, Trump said, “will some people be affected? Yes. Will some people be affected badly? Yes. But we have to get our country open and we have to get it open soon.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was quick to reply to Trump’s statements during an interview with MSNBC. She harshly criticized Trump’s focus on the economy and not the people of the United States.
Pelosi told host Andrea Mitchell that “death is not an economic motivator” and she added that she doesn’t think Trump should be going down the path to re-open the economy until the science tells us the country is ready. She went on to criticize Trump for not wearing a mask during his tour of a mask factory in Arizona and added that he has “washed his hands” of this pandemic with talking about getting rid of the task force.
She went on to emphasize that Trump should follow the scientific guidance of experts to determine when the country should begin the reopening process, rather than “cheering people on, going with guns and swastikas to the Michigan legislature and saying these are really good people.”
Pelosi stated that the government can mitigate the outbreak and thus end stay-at-home orders by “doing things in a way that is appropriate,” such as testing, social distancing, and following health officials’ guidelines.
“But not cheering people on [who are] going with guns and swastikas to the legislature in Michigan, and saying ‘These are really good people,’” she said, jabbing at Trump for applauding the right-wing activity.