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Trump Rips 'Fake News' For Focusing On COVID-19 'CASES, CASES, CASES' As Nation Breaks Record

Mary Papenfuss
·2 min read

President Donald Trump on Saturday attacked the media for its focus on COVID-19 “CASES, CASES, CASES” after the nation hit an all-time high of more than 83,000 daily infections on Friday.

He said without evidence that the coverage was a plot to “create fear” ahead of Election Day. Trump told a campaign rally later in North Carolina that “you won’t hear about it anymore” after the election.

Nearly 225,000 Americans have died from COVID-19, and the number of deaths could rise to 500,000 by February, experts warned.

But Trump falsely blamed the increase in cases on too many COVID-19 tests and ignored the fact that the U.S. leads the world in the number of COVID-19 deaths. With about 4% of the globe’s population, the U.S. has had almost 20% of all COVID-19 deaths in the world.

Trump inaccurately argued that the new surge “included many low risk people.” He also said falsely that the nation’s “mortality rate is DOWN 85% plus.”

A spike in deaths inevitably follows a surge in cases. Already, the rising rate of infections has resulted in a 40% hike in hospitalizations.

Trump also dismissed the surging numbers in his North Carolina speech. “COVID, COVID, COVID, COVID. A plane goes down, 500 people dead, they don’t talk about it.”

Other than 9/11 — which definitely was talked about — no single plane crash in the U.S. has claimed 500 lives. COVID-19 killed 925 people on Friday alone.

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