Trump cracks joke about 'being involved with a model' during coronavirus briefing

Greg Evans
Saturday 04 April 2020 08:00
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The middle of a pandemic, which has already infected hundreds of thousands of people across the globe is probably not the best time for a president to be making jokes about women he has been involved with.

However, these are not normal times and unfortunately, we do not have a normal president.

During Friday's coronavirus task force press briefing about the White House response to the pandemic, Dr. Deborah Birx, warned that if people don't follow the social distancing guidelines laid out by the government then they will begin to see models that project 100,000 to 240,000 deaths.

All of that can be changed by our behaviours… all of it can be changed in a different way if we don’t follow those behaviours.

If another major metropolitan area ends up having an epidemic like the New York metro area, that could dramatically change, not the model, but the reality of the impact of the virus on Americans.

Trump then weighed into the answer, not with a serious point but a joke from his stand-up routine. He said:

The models show hundreds of thousands of people are going to die. You know what I want to do? I want to come way under the model.”

And he added, “The professionals did the models. I was never involved in a model — at least, this kind of a model.

Yep, there's the president, cracking jokes about his success with the opposite sex over the years during the middle of a crisis that has already killed more than 58,000 people worldwide.

Needless to say, people were pretty appalled that he would choose such a time to say such a thing. Mike Pence's face told a thousand stories.

If that wasn't bad enough, in the same briefing Trump also tried to blame the Obama administration for the "obsolete" and "broken" coronavirus test but no one knew of the novel virus until it was detected in China in December, so you can pin the blame on Barack this time Donald.

Since the virus was first confirmed in the US on January 15, the CDC has confirmed more than 239,000 cases across the country, more than any other nation in the world, and has resulted in more than 5,400 deaths, at the time of writing.

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