Jared Kushner on Fox News

Jared Kushner Dragged For Calling US Coronavirus Response “A Great Success Story”

Even as the U.S. death toll from COVID-19 surpassed 60,000 today, the resting smug face of Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner praised the nation’s response to the crisis and called it “a great success story”—though this particular story is far from over. Many have pointed out that the death toll from the coronavirus is now higher than the U.S. deaths from the Vietnam War (though it’s not even close to the two million Vietnamese civilian deaths).

“We’re on the other side of the medical aspect of this,” Kushner said on Fox News. “We’ve achieved all the different milestones that are needed. The federal government rose to the challenge, and this is a great success story.”

It’s hard to say how much better off the U.S. would have been had the Trump administration acted back when they were first warned about the coming pandemic or had not turned state efforts to get the ventilators and PPE they needed into a bidding war. Regardless, Kushner calling this a success story when we had 25,000 new cases and over 2,400 deaths on Tuesday, not counting the ones that weren’t recorded, is giving people big “George W. Bush declaring mission accomplished” vibes.

In the same interview, Kushner claimed that the U.S. is doing so well on testing that many states have more tests than they have demand. This is contradicted by the fact that there are still many reports of people seeking COVID-19 testing kits and being denied, including a 30-year-old black teacher who was turned away twice before dying of COVID-19.

Dr. Anthony Fauci has said that there won’t be enough tests in the U.S. for everyone who needs one until early June.

While the pandemic rages at the peak of what may only be the first wave of the virus, few people who don’t have the benefit of way too much money and power are more than a little confused at this early declaration of success.