As more than 1.4 million people have been infected with COVID-19 in the U.S and nearly 90,000 have died, President Donald Trump decided that the best way to avoid blame is to start another distraction. Earlier this week, he tweeted the term “Obamagate,” in reference to his unfounded claim that the Obama administration was behind the Russia investigation.
Trump’s tweet came after former President Barack Obama called Trump’s pandemic response “an absolute chaotic disaster.”
On Thursday, Trump retweeted the word again as he continues to push his baseless conspiracy theories.
In response to Trump’s tweets, Obama, posted on three of his social media accounts a single word: “VOTE.” It appeared on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) May 14, 2020
On Thursday, a whistleblower delivered a stark testimony before Congress about President Trump’s failure to prepare for the crisis, saying, “the window is closing to address this pandemic because we still do not have a standard, centralized, coordinated plan to take our nation through this response.”
Also on Thursday, Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell walked back comments from earlier this week that the Obama administration left Trump unprepared to handle a pandemic. “I was wrong,” McConnell said in an evening interview on Fox News. “They did leave behind a plan. So, I clearly made a mistake in that regard.”