Donald Trump saw out the final year of his presidency with a speech, shared on Twitter, that was littered with numerous false claims and inaccuracies about the last four years, especially coronavirus.
As 2020 said a farewell to us all, the president, who is now in his final 20 days in office, Trump championed his many achievements in 2020 in a speech which was less than five minutes long, which is concise for him.
Trump begins by vaguely saying that the US “achieved truly historic victories like nobody ever thought possible.” We’re not entirely sure what he is talking about here but we could guess the pandemic, which has been ‘historic’ in the US but we wouldn’t use the word ‘victory.’
The president then goes on to say that his administration “ignored experts who wanted open borders” and “we built the wall” which at the last time of checking was still under construction. He said all this before he resurrected the ‘racist’ term ‘China virus.’
He then adds “we pioneered groundbreaking new therapies and treatments and we save millions of American lives.” We certain hope he’s not talking about bleach and hydroxychloroquine and bragging about ‘saving millions’ when 346,000 in the US have died, is hardly something to be proud about.
Trump goes on to praise Operation Warp Speed for developing vaccine, despite the program having nothing to do with the vaccine other than purchasing doses and the claims being debunked weeks ago. He also claims that “everybody's calling to thank me.”
“Thanks to Operation Warp Speed we developed a vaccine in just nine months. We’ve already begun a nationwide vaccination program, and we’re sending the vaccine all over the world. The world will benefit, we’ll benefit, and everybody’s calling to thank me.”
Another curious claim from Trump in that ‘everybody’ is apparently calling his response to the pandemic and getting the vaccine “one of the most extraordinary, scientific, industrial and medical feats in history."
Trump then goes on the talk about one of his favourite subjects, the economy and the stock market. He also talks about slashing the unemployment rate for 14.7 per cent to 6.7 per cent. Research shows that in Obama’s final month in office the US unemployment rate was 4.7 per cent.
Trump moves on to talk about foreign policy and claims that “it is all ending in the Middle East. We have to hope that it keeps going. It’s so easy if you know what you’re doing.”
The president rounds out his final speech of 2020 by claiming to have made America great again and greater than ever before, without any evidence. “We’re all blessed to live in the greatest country ever to exist on the face of the Earth and we have made it greater than ever before.”
Curiously he ends the speech by saying “the best is yet to come” which is odd as it would suggest that he would believe that the best is under Joe Biden and not him.
And that was for Trump in 2020. He didn’t even say Happy New Year…