Donald Trump Jr ridiculed for bizarrely describing PPE as 'PP and E'
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There has been a lot of chatter about Donald Trump Jr’s speech at the Republican National Convention last night...

His reference to the Loch Ness monster, discussing the “evils of communism” – but three short seconds of his speech best show how clueless he is about the largest issue current facing America and the world: the coronavirus pandemic.

Trump Jr. said Monday night that as the coronavirus "began to spread, the president acted quickly and ensured ventilators got to hospitals that needed them most.” This came as America recently surpassed 177,000 virus-related deaths, the highest recorded number of any country.

He claimed that Trump “delivered PP and E to our brave frontline workers” and that “he rallied the mighty American private sector, to tackle this new challenge.”

While some might say this was just a slip of the tongue, it seems a person who has been regularly acquainted with the news on coronavirus would know saying "PP and E" just sounds completely wrong, and the phrase PPE stands not for the three separate things, but rather just one: personal protective equipment.

Not to mention someone who works so closely with a campaign that was supposedly was right out in front in its healthcare response. (Although, let us not forget the point in time Donald Jr said he would not be involved with the presidency while he ran the family business.)

In general, doctors and public health experts on the front lines of the pandemic have in fact sharply criticised how slowly the Trump White House responded to the coronavirus, including the delays in the distribution of ventilators and personal protective equipment (or PP and E, and Trump Jr calls it).

In fact, Trump has specifically not “acted quickly” in the face of the pandemic and Trump Jr seemed to forget the earlier in the year when the president repeatedly downplayed the threat of the virus, predicting “One day it's like a miracle, it will disappear,” in February.

Well, even both Trumps must admit that the global health crisis is not disappearing any time soon, so hopefully they will become more familiar with the terminology.

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