Several representatives used the hashtag #TrumpKnew to express their frustration over the disregard of human life.
After yesterday’s explosive audio of President Trump telling journalist Bob Woodward in February that he knew COVID-19 was more severe than he was letting on to the public, Latino lawmakers are not holding back.
Latino representatives tweeted their outrage and frustration over Trump’s remarks, calling out the president for carrying on a false message that has had deadly consequences.
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“The words of the President of the United States reveal a damning truth — Trump knew how deadly the coronavirus was and he lied to the American people to cover it up,” Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) tweeted. “Now more than 190,000 Americans are dead and millions of workers have lost their jobs.”
According to the released transcripts and audio, Woodward’s book “Rage” reveals Trump acknowledged he had repeatedly downplayed the virus in public.
“You just breathe the air and that’s how it’s passed,” Trump told Woodward on Feb 7. “And so that’s a very tricky one. That’s a very delicate one. It’s also more deadly than even your strenuous flu.”
“This is deadly stuff,” the president added, while at the same time, in public statements, he stuck to his message that it was all going “to be fine” for months, as a timeline of his statements compiled by the AP confirms.
In response, lawmakers used the hashtag #TrumpKnew to express their concerns for the president’s disregard of human life, while others coalesced around a refrain: “Every single American should be outraged.”
Rep. Raul M. Grijalva (D-AZ) went on to list the surge of COVID-19 cases and deaths from March 19, which back then were more than 12,600 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the US and 265 deaths, to today’s current figures of more than 6 million cases and almost 200,000 deaths.