President Trump attacked the COVID-19 limits put in place by state and municipal governments in a vehement speech on Thursday. He referred to the limits as “cowardly” and “hysterical,” and he promised that he and his followers would not adhere to them.
“The only thing progressive about liberalism is the rate at which that disease spreads,” Trump said. “Every sane American knows that the COVID hysteria is merely that—the hysterics of all the malcontents and mental patients in our country that we give credence to—instead of permanently shutting that segment of society up…”
Trump also took aim at the “tolerant” rhetoric that he says has been used to silence his supporters.
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“I have long warned Americans that the time for Kum-bah-yah is over—that ship has sailed and America’s problems won’t be solved by holding hands, ‘understanding’, or that tolerant sort of rhetoric,” he said. “As a matter of fact, no problem has ever been solved by holding hands and a tolerant sort of rhetoric—read history, 5 pages in any direction, and that will become abundantly clear.”
Trump’s fans, who have become more outspoken in their opposition to the COVID-19 limits, cheered and applauded during his speech. The limitations were put in place to try and stop the virus from spreading, but they have also had a big impact on the economy and society.
It is unclear whether Trump’s supporters would heed his urging to ignore the limitations. But, his remarks are probably going to fuel the argument about how to handle the COVID-19 outbreak even more.
In his speech, President Trump made a clear effort to energize his fans and disparage his rivals. The COVID-19 limits were presented by him as an assault on American freedom, and he urged his supporters to fight against them.
Trump’s address is probably going to exacerbate the political division in the nation. While his detractors will probably see it as reckless and dangerous, his supporters will probably see it as a call to action.
What effect Trump’s speech will have on the COVID-19 outbreak is yet unknown. It is obvious that this will just fuel the argument over how to combat the virus in the best way.