Since when did ill, dying Americans become a laughing matter?
March 27, 2020, if Hillary Clinton has anything to say about it.
The United States now leads the world in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases.
The total number of cases has exceeded 100,000, the highest in any country so far, and that number is expected to increase as testing expands and the virus spreads.
As the news broke, Clinton's reaction was a tone-deaf joke: "He did promise 'America First.'"
See Clinton's classless tweet below, as well as a breakdown of the COVID-19 numbers and what they mean below:
The "official" numbers surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic are under a lot of controversy.
There are legitimate questions around the accuracy and honesty of China's numbers, for example.
Countries like India are believed to have numbers that are far too low... not out of dishonesty, but because of a lack of testing across the country.
While the U.S. has the largest number of cases, it's also important to remember that the U.S. has the highest population of the top countries with high COVID-19 numbers.
When looking at the percentage of the population with the novel coronavirus as well as the mortality rate, the U.S. is still healthier than countries like Italy and Spain.
That did not stop Hillary Clinton, however, from taking advantage of a crisis to criticize President Trump.
Now, she is under fierce criticism, per Fox News:
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was blasted on social media Friday for her swipe against President Trump amid the growing coronavirus outbreak within the U.S.
Since the availability of testing kits has broadened in recent days, the number of confirmed cases in the U.S. has skyrocketed. On Thursday, the U.S. has reportedly outpaced both China and Italy with more than 97,000 reported cases.
Clinton took the latest developments as an opportunity to knock her former 2016 rival on Twitter.
"He did promise 'America First,'" Clinton wrote, referring to one of the president's oft-repeated campaign slogans.
Her tweet was slammed by critics across Twitter.
Clinton spokesperson Nick Merrill told Fox News, "The situation we find ourselves in was demonstrably avoidable, and pointing that out with a reference to the President’s empty rhetoric is nothing more than another way of pleading for him to lead."
Instead of taking to social media to undermine our leaders in this time of crisis, perhaps Hillary should focus more of her time helping those in need.
We have a common, invisible enemy: COVID-19.
Now is the time to unite against it, not to play politics as usual.
See some of the criticism of Clinton below:
The COVID-19 panic is expected to peak in mid-April in the United States.
According to reports coming out of New York, 1 person dies every 17 minutes from the virus.
Yet... Hillary Clinton thought this was the appropriate time to mock Trump's "America First" slogan.
She should be rooting for Trump to lead America into become the first nation to find a vaccine and fully reopen its economy.
The Washington Post confirms that the United States still trails Italy when the total population is factored into the equation:
It’s immediately apparent how the number of cases in the United States has grown more rapidly even than they did in Italy. If you change “type of data” to “cases per million,” though, the picture is slightly different: As a percent of total population, the United States trails Italy.
Now add New York state. (The state/country selector allows for multiple entries.) As a function of population, the situation in New York is escalating much more rapidly than in the United States generally or in Italy. The lines are colored relative to the average change in the past week. Blue lines have seen limited relative recent growth while red lines get darker as the rate of increase grows higher.
Furthermore, Business Insider comfirms that the United States death rate is lower than almost every other country in the world, especially those hardest hit:
The US has reported more than 101,000 coronavirus cases. Italy isn't far behind, with at least 86,000 cases; China has reported just under 82,000.
But the COVID-19 death rate — the number of deaths divided by the total number of cases — from these three hard-hit countries varies wildly.
The US's coronavirus death rate is currently 1.6%, which puts it among the lowest of any country with more than 9,000 cases. Italy's, by contrast, is 10.6% and China's is 4%.
The US has reported at least 1,500 deaths, Italy has reported more than 9,100, and China has nearly 3,300 as of Friday afternoon.
It is clear that Trump's decisive leadership has helped steer the U.S. away from a worst case situation.
While the numbers will certainly get worse, they're a lot better than they would have been without Trump's leadership.
And that, Hillary Clinton, is what Trump means when he says "America First!"