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Ohio sets Covid records, Trump spins: Darcy cartoon

Trump Covid Spin

While Ohio and other states continue to set single day records for coronavirus cases, President Trump continues to repeat that we're "rounding the corner" and "rounding the turn" in beating the pandemic.

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- While the state of Ohio set successive single day records for new coronavirus cases surging nationally, President Trump is setting records for fake news spin and denials, repeatedly claiming we’re “rounding the corner” and “rounding the turn.”

The president has made the remarks at campaign rallies across the nation in states experiencing covid case surges to supporters crowded close together with most unmasked.

On Saturday in Ohio, the state set a new single day record for new coronavirus cases with 2,234. It broke records that had been set Friday (2,148) Thursday (2,178) and Wednesday (2,039). The previous two weeks the average had been just over 1,400 and on September 20 there were 763 cases.

According to the scientists, tracking of new covid cases finds that many are actually coming from small gatherings of families and friends where people are letting their guard down, not social distancing and not wearing masks.

It doesn’t help that the Commander-in-Chief when speaking to thousands of rally goers and millions across the nation on television has been in deadly denial.

At his Saturday rally in Michigan, President Trump called on Governor Gretchen Whitmer to end covid restrictions.

“You gotta get your governor to open up your state, okay." Trump told the mostly mask-less crowd.

They began chanting “LOCK HER UP, LOCK HER UP!”

Trump replied, “Lock ‘em all up," and he wasn’t talking about those who plotted to kidnap Gov Whitmer and put her on trial only to determine the manner of her execution.

The trial to determine Whitmer’s manner of execution was a change from the domestic terrorists original plan to just shoot her in the head when she opened the door of her summer home.

Governor Whitmer immediately responded to Trump’s inflaming rally rhetoric.

“This is exactly the rhetoric that has put me, my family, and other government officials' lives in danger while we try to save the lives of our fellow Americans. It needs to stop.”

The tone and message from Covid-19 survivor Chris Christie stood in stark contrast to Trumps.

Christie said he was wrong not to have worn a mask during debate prep for Trump and at the superspreader event in the Rose Garden to introduce Amy Coney Barrett.

“I believed that when I entered the White House grounds, that I had entered a safe zone, due to the testing that and I and many others underwent every day. I was wrong. I was wrong to not wear a mask at the Amy Coney Barrett announcement and I was wrong not to wear a mask at my multiple debate prep sessions with the President and the rest of the team.”

“No one should be happy to get the virus and no one should be cavalier about being infected or infecting others. It is something to take very seriously. The ramifications are widely random and potentially deadly.”

"Every public official, regardless of party or position, should advocate for every American to wear a mask in public, appropriately socially distance and to wash your hands frequently every day. "

Christie’s response is the way I and many others hoped Trump would respond. Had he done so, he wouldn’t be trailing as bad as he is in the polls.

Reported today on “Meet the Press” was that Trump’s campaign manager expects Ohio to be an easy win. In fact, Trump remains tied with Biden in Ohio, a bad sign for Trump.

Trump’s perceived poor response to Covid-19 remains the number one reason he is trailing in polls nationally and is at best tied with Biden in Ohio.

The new spike in cases in Ohio and around the nation is disturbing because we are not yet even in the season for the greatest risks of a covid surge, winter, when people will be inside more.

It’s estimated that 45% Americans are still not wearing masks regularly outside of businesses and workplaces requiring it. Wearing a mask and social distancing are still the easiest and most effective way to slow the covid spread. Like everyone, I’m tired of it, but I always remember it’s nothing compared to what people in this nation endured during World Wars I & II.

Remember the more than 5,000 Ohioans who have died from Covid-19 so far. Remember that they all should have been able to watch the Browns and Steelers today and The Ohio State Buckeyes first game.

Stay smart. Stay safe.