By Shawn Langlois, MarketWatch
The silver lining for the Trump administration during this coronavirus pandemic: It makes for fabulous television, apparently. A real blockbuster. Must-see TV! Like, we’re talking “The Bachelor” and “Monday Night Football” ratings, according to data cited by the president.
In fact, “numbers are continuing to rise,” Trump tweeted, though he didn’t clarify whether he was referring to the number of coronavirus deaths in the U.S. or viewers of his press conferences.
Here’s his full thread:
Trump was pointing to an article from the New York Times but didn’t mention the primary angle of that story, which focused on whether networks should even air his addresses to the media because of the risk of the president spreading of false or misleading information.
The backlash was swift, and wasn’t just coming from the left:
While Trump was celebrating his TV audience, Dr. Anthony Fauci told CNN on Sunday that coronavirus could kill between 100,000 and 200,000 Americans and infect millions of people.
There are now 724,945 cases of COVID-19 around the world and at least 34,041 people have died, according to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University. Some 152,314 people have recovered from the novel coronavirus that has sickened people in 176 countries. The U.S now has the most number of cases worldwide, with 143,055 cases and 2,513 deaths.