Trump blames 'blue states' for increasing nation's coronavirus death rates, ignores high rates in red states
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump blamed "blue states" for increasing the nation's death rate from coronavirus, suggesting that if "you take the blue states out" of the equation the United States would be far more competitive with other countries.
Trump has long blamed Democratic leaders for a variety of ills, including "Democrat-run" cities where protests against police have occasionally turned violent. But his remarks Wednesday were his most explicit politicization yet of the handling of COVID-19.
It comes as Trump has been forced to defend metrics that indicate the U.S. has been in a worse position than many other nations dealing with the pandemic.
The president, speaking to reporters at the White House, started off arguing that the United States was handling the virus well compared to other nations "despite the fact that the blue states had tremendous death rates.
"If you take the blue states out," he continued, "we're at a level that I don't think anybody in the world would be at. We're really at a very low level but some of the states -- they were blue states, and blue-state management."
New York, California, and New Jersey – all widely considered blue states in the presidential election – were among the states with highest number of deaths from coronavirus. But they are also the states with the largest populations in the country, and they were the first to experience and tackle major outbreaks of the disease.
Other states with a high number of deaths include Texas, a red state, and Florida ...
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