Whoa. We hear from Paige and Pheobe all the time — but you do NOT want to piss off Piper Halliwell!
After a personal tragedy, Holly Marie Combs took to Twitter on Monday to unload on the President for his response to the coronavirus pandemic.
It started with Donald Trump tweeting a pretty gaslight-y defense of his past statements over the weekend, writing:
“I never said the pandemic was a Hoax! Who would say such a thing? I said that the Do Nothing Democrats, together with their Mainstream Media partners, are the Hoax. They have been called out & embarrassed on this, even admitting they were wrong, but continue to spread the lie!”
That was too much for the Charmed star, who had just lost her 90-year-old grandfather to the novel coronavirus. And she is absolutely blaming the POTUS. She wrote directly to Trump on Twitter in early on Monday morning:
“My grandfather died today. He voted for you. He believed you when you said this virus was no worse than the flu. He believed every lie you muttered and sputtered. He died today from Covid-19 one day after his 66th wedding anniversary.”
Wow. So sad and horrible. Holly did not specify what precautions her grandfather failed to take, but we have seen quite a few American citizens completely ignoring safety protocols in activities as disparate as anti-quarantine protests, beach days, megachurch gatherings, and stripper parties. It’s tough not to connect all those people’s reckless behavior with the leader of the free world trivializing the situation.
There has been plenty of blame being hurled Trump’s way for his response to the virus, as he did heavily imply it was nothing to worry about.
But did he really call it a hoax?
Here’s what Trump actually said during a political rally on February 28 in North Charleston, South Carolina:
“The Democrats are politicizing the coronavirus. One of my people came up to me and said, ‘Mr. President they tried to beat you on Russia, Russia, Russia. That didn’t work out too well. They tried the impeachment hoax.’ This is their new hoax.“
While it definitely sounds like he could be referring to the coronavirus as a hoax due to poor wording; besides his many critics, tons of his followers have taken to calling it a hoax on social media. (Trust us, they are out there!)
The more accurate reading of the statement, we think — given the context at the time — is that he was saying the reaction to the virus was the hoax. You know, treating it like some kind of impending disaster Trump was failing the country by not taking seriously enough.
But you know what? That absolutely is enough to be angry about.
That was part of what reads like a concerted effort on the part of the President and his friends at Fox News telling followers not to worry about the coronavirus. On February 24 he said it was “very much under control” and in early March he said he was “not concerned at all.” On March 9, he tweeted:
“So last year 37,000 Americans died from the common Flu. It averages between 27,000 and 70,000 per year. Nothing is shut down, life & the economy go on. At this moment there are 546 confirmed cases of CoronaVirus, with 22 deaths. Think about that!”
Fox News pundits — as well as frequent guests like Dr. Drew — followed his lead and told people they would be fine and not to take safety precautions. So while he may not have specifically said the virus was a “hoax,” he absolutely did everything he could to communicate to his base they should treat it like the common flu and NOT like a deadly pandemic.
Heck, even his not-technically-calling-it-a-hoax statement was in front of thousands gathered at a rally. Who knows how many people have gotten sick because they failed to stay safe — because they listened to all that. We are so sorry for your loss, Holly.
Oh, by the way, she did say one last thing to Trump in her message:
“You’re a disgrace to the human race.”
Do YOU think Trump deserves any of the blame for people not following safety precautions??
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