Trump spent Memorial Day weekend tweeting conspiracy theories and petty attacks

Memorial Day weekend is meant to be a bleak occasion to commemorate the men and women who lost their lives serving in the United States military – and it’s a particularly tragic event in light of the rapidly rising coronavirus death toll in the US, which is fast approaching 100,000 lives. But President Donald Trump spent the weekend tweeting conspiracy theories and mocking the physical appearance of his political opponents.

And in the few tweets he sent about the coronavirus pandemic, Trump shared misleading information. He did all this while playing golf for the first time in months – something he mocked former President Barack Obama for doing during the Ebola outbreak, which claimed two lives in the US.

Trump’s tweets about the coronavirus pandemic attempted to paint a positive picture of the situation in the US. On Sunday morning he tweeted, “Cases, numbers and deaths are decreasing across the country!”

But in reality, the data doesn’t show this kind of broad improvement.

Although it is true new cases and deaths are starting to decline it is generally unclear whether the situation is improving. In several southern states, an increase has been reported in cases. Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson said on Saturday that his state is a “second peakIn infections, and North Carolina reported it biggest increase of one day of confirmed cases this weekend. Ohio saw it more than twice as many deaths Saturday as it did Friday. And of course, the national death toll continues to rise – it is expected to reach 100,000 on Monday or Tuesday. So while the national situation looks better, many parts of the country are far from the forest. In other words, it’s not exactly a celebration to celebrate right now, especially since the effects of relaxed home orders aren’t fully determined yet.

Saturday night, Trump retweeted a Twitter user who claimed that hydroxychloroquine is “EARLY effective” for the treatment of Covid-19. Trump also added a comment to his retweet, saying, “Many doctors agree. Also some very good studies! ”

But, as Vox’s Umox Irfan explained, only poorly conducted studies have drawn this conclusion about the drug, which Trump claims he took as a preventative measure. Citing more rigorous studies, public health officials have long said hydroxychloroquine has not been clinically proven to be a cure for the coronavirus, there is no proof it can prevent Covid-19 – and it can cause serious side effects that should discourage normal use based on the hope that it would work.

And a recent study published in the Prime Minister medical journal Lancet discovered on Friday that coronavirus patients who received hydroxychloroquine had a significantly higher risk of death than those who did not use it, and were also more likely to develop some type of irregular heart rhythm that could cause sudden cardiac arrest.

“It is one thing not to have an advantage, but this shows obvious damage,” Eric Topol, cardiologist and director of the Scripps Research Translational Institute, the Washington Post said regarding the study. “If there was ever hope for this drug, this is its death.”

Trump also shared ugly attacks and made unfounded charges of murder

Since it is Memorial Day weekend, the norm for a president would be to show respect for tradition and make rather apolitical comments about the sacrifices of American soldiers. But Trump instead spent most of the politics in his usual hostile, paranoid style, retweeting ugly attacks on democratic women and promoting conspiracy theories about his enemies.

He continued to push the bizarre – and as Vox’s Aaron Rupar explained, without evidence – claiming that MSNBC host Joe Scarborough was guilty of murdering a former employee during his tenure in the U.S. House of Representatives.

“A blow to the head? Found a body under his desk? Suddenly leaving Congress? Trump tweeted Saturday. “Great topic of discussion in Florida … and he’s a crazy job (with bad reviews). Keep digging, use forensic geniuses!”

The president followed this tweet on a Sunday saying that he believes there is “much more to this story” than the police reports and the wealth of reports on the subject.

Aside from suggesting that there is some conspiracy around Scarborough, the President also tried to put forward his continued and erroneous argument that postal ballots lead to voter fraud. There absolutely is no proof that this is true or that voting by post is a serious risk.

But that didn’t stop Trump railing against the idea of ​​expanding the ability of Americans to use mail-in ballots in the November elections, without claiming that this would cause “the largest manipulated election in history” with “thousands of counterfeits” and people stealing ballots from letter boxes.

Of course, things like that haven’t happened in previous elections that relied heavily on mail-in ballots. As Sen Mitt Romney has pointed out that most elections in Utah are conducted fairly and by post. And as Rupar has written, “The only case of large-scale election fraud that may have caused an election in recent history is a republican plan in North Carolina in 2018. Other states with mail-in systems, like Oregon, have safeguards to prevent such fraud from occurring. “

The president’s retweets contain a similar distortion of reality, for example, by sharing an old video of presumably Democratic nominee Joe Biden he described his role in relaying a message to Ukraine as evidence of corruption – as well as brutal attacks on female democrats. He retweeted a Twitter user who Made fun of the appearance of former Georgia Governor Stacey Abrams; has had problems Nancy Pelosi’s house speaker facial features, teeth and jokes taped her mouth shut; and he called Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton a “skank.”

These tweets are petty and misogynistic. But the fact that they are not extraordinary to the president is a reminder of how Trump has worked to change the standards that presidents are held to and based on which they are judged. And that they’re in the midst of a pandemic makes them particularly striking – as is the fact that Trump spent time playing golf this weekend – the first time he’s done that in months.

While it is not uncommon for a politician to take time off from work, it is noteworthy that Trump spurred Obama on golf in 2014 during the outbreak of a virus that killed two people in the US.

“There are times to play and times when you can’t play. It sends the wrong signal,” Trump said declared at the time.

And while advising his predecessor, he clearly chose not to take himself, Trump added, “You know, when you’re president, you say something like,” I’m giving up for a few years and I really focus on work. ”

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