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AP Fact Check Demolishes Trump’s “See-No-Evil” Approach to COVID-19 Testing and Repeated Lies About His Response to the Virus

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new fact check from the Associated Press eviscerates Donald Trump’s repeated lies about his response to COVID-19, and excoriates Trump’s “see-no-evil” approach, which seeks to simply ignore the virus even as the U.S. hits record high numbers of new cases nationally.

From the very beginning of this crisis, Trump ignored warnings from Vice President Biden, public health experts, and the intelligence community about the magnitude of the threat posed by COVID-19 — opting instead to uncritically echo the Chinese government’s misleading propaganda.

Months later — with 125,000 Americans dead and 20 million unemployed — Trump continues to bury his head in the sand, stunningly claiming last week that COVID-19 will simply “fade away,” and he’s still failed to take action on the critical steps laid out by Vice President Biden to ramp up testing so that we can save lives and get Americans back to work safely.

Here’s what the AP’s fact checkers found:

On testing: “Trump’ broader point — ‘If you don’t test, you don’t have any cases,’ he also said — flips science on its head. No one disputes the fact that testing for the virus is key to controlling it. Testing is only one measure of the pandemic. It is also measured by hospitalization and death, which continue even if authorities were to close their eyes to spreading sickness.”

On testing causing the increase in cases: “No, increased testing does not fully account for the rise in cases. People are also infecting each other more than before as social distancing rules recede and ‘community spread’ picks up.”

On COVID-19 ‘fading away’: “It’s not fading and not about to. Coronavirus infections per day in the U.S. surged to an all-time high of 40,000 at the end of the week . . . Newly reported cases per day have risen on average about 60 percent over the past two weeks, according to an Associated Press analysis.”

On his administration doing ‘too good a job’ on testing: “The U.S. is nowhere near the level of testing needed to stem the virus, according to his own health experts . . . The U.S. currently is conducting about 500,000 to 600,000 tests a day. Many public health experts say the U.S. should be testing nearly twice as many people daily to control the spread of the virus.”