On the same day the United States set a daily record for coronavirus cases on Friday as the number soared past 78,000, topping the previous high set in July, President Donald Trump told his supporters in Florida that the U.S. was “entering the final turn and approaching the light at the end of the tunnel.”
“‘We’re not entering ‘a dark winter.’ We’re entering the final turn and approaching the light at the end of the tunnel,” Trump told the crowd.
“We’re not entering ‘a dark winter.’ We’re entering the final turn and approaching the light at the end of the tunnel.” — Trump, the day after the US recorded the most new single-day coronavirus infections on record pic.twitter.com/Yo81gccdVo
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 23, 2020
During his final debate with Joe Biden on Thursday, Trump declared yet again that the pandemic “will soon be gone.”
NBC News confirmed on Friday that the U.S. hit a new daily record as the pandemic “has accelerated at a pace not seen since the summer and as many local governments have reimposed restrictions to stop the spread of a virus that has killed more than 224,000 people in the U.S., according to the latest tally.”
“We’ve been hearing essentially the same words from the president since February, that it was going to go away, that it’s going to disappear, whether that’s in February, March, April, May, and that’s what he’s saying now,” Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of the Brown University School of Public Health, told MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle on Friday. “That’s not what the data says, unfortunately. I wish he was right.”