During the campaign rally Monday night, Trump falsely claimed that “nobody young” has been affected by the virus in some states.

“It Affects Virtually Nobody”: Trump Makes Wildly Erroneous Claims on Covid-19

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President Donald Trump in a campaign event in Ohio blatantly made false claims that coronavirus ‘affects virtually nobody’ just hours before coronavirus deaths in the U.S. surpassed 200,000.

During the campaign rally Monday night, Trump falsely claimed that “nobody young” has been affected by the virus in some states.

“It affects elderly people, elderly people with heart problems and other problems. If they have other problems, that’s what it really affects, that’s it,” Trump said.

“You know, in some states, thousands of people, nobody young. Below the age of 18, like nobody. They have a strong immune system. Who knows? Take your hat off to the young, because they have a hell of an immune system.”

“But it affects virtually nobody,” he added, continuing his penchant for downplaying the pandemic. “It’s an amazing thing.”

Trump’s statements contradict both data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and his own previous remarks.

More than 400,000 Americans under the age of 18 were infected with COVID-19 between March and July, according to a CDC report. Most cases involving people under 18 have been mild or asymptomatic, but many children and teenagers have been hospitalized after experiencing severe symptoms, and some have died from the virus.

In March, Trump himself said it was ‘startling’ that ‘it’s not just old people’ who are affected.

And on the day the number of covid-19 deaths in the U.S. officially hit the 200, 000 mark, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany tried and failed to defend President Donald Trump’s latest lie about the pandemic.

In response to president’s false claims that “nobody young” and “virtually nobody” had been affected by the virus, McEnany first claimed on Tuesday that he was “telling the truth.” She then said reporters were “taking the president out of context.”

“You are taking it out of context because you are making an assertion that he is saying he is not giving critical information when, in fact, he is,” McEnany told CNN journalist Jim Acosta.

 

 

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