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.”
With 26 million Americans unemployed, 1 million infected with coronavirus and nearly 60,000 dead in five weeks, Jared Kushner has the nerve to call this “a great success story.”pic.twitter.com/rBFQZID3SS— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) April 29, 2020
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.
"I'm very confident we have all the testing we need to start reopening the country" -- Jared Kushner went on Fox & Friends today and claimed states have "excess capacity" for testing (the country right now is not doing even half as much testing as experts think is necessary) pic.twitter.com/SAd2bYOIjb— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 29, 2020
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.
Rana Zoe tried to get a coronavirus test multiple times but her pain was dismissed.— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) April 29, 2020
This tragedy is all too common for Black folks across our nation. Confronting racial health disparities and increasing test production must be prioritized during this crisis. https://t.co/LM3miDVotW
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.
Jared Kushner can shove his Mission Accomplished banner right up his narrow ass— Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) April 29, 2020
#COVID19 so far:— Qasim Rashid for Congress (@QasimRashid) April 29, 2020
•59,819 deaths (more than Vietnam)
•1.04M known infections
•26M out of work
•40M w/o healthcare
Jared Kushner’a response:
•“The federal government rose to the challenge & this is a great success story.”
The cruelty is the point.pic.twitter.com/CzoEqni52j
“This is a great success story.” - Jared Kushner— Renato Mariotti (@renato_mariotti) April 29, 2020
“No, it’s not.” - The 58,964 people who have died so far pic.twitter.com/9BZH27Zp8R
Jared Kushner sounds less like the advisor to a President looking at an astronomically high death toll and pandemic infection rate and more like a Bar Mitzvah boy who just got enough checks to buy himself a brand new Maserati.— JeremyNewberger (@jeremynewberger) April 29, 2020
In an incredibly tragic way, Kushner isn’t lying. This has been a success for the Trump Administration. They’ve refused to help anyone while undermining confidence in government and enriching themselves by trafficking life-saving supplies like an organized crime family. https://t.co/T9wne6tED0— Jared Yates Sexton (@JYSexton) April 29, 2020
I wonder if Jared Kushner also thinks it was a “great success story” losing all of those thousands of Americans in the Vietnam War.— Jason Overstreet (@JasonOverstreet) April 29, 2020
What a disgraceful little punkass dickhead.
Go to hell.https://t.co/NPa8m1t6Lg
— John Pavlovitz (@johnpavlovitz) April 29, 2020
A great success story would be Jared Kushner, his criminal wife Ivanka and their entire family being arrested in the middle of the night for their endless crimes against the United States and imprisoned for life. That would help honor the 60K Americans who they helped to kill.— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) April 29, 2020