Donald Trump turned to Twitter to brag about the “ratings” of his daily coronavirus press briefings, as more than 2,400 Americans died of Covid-19.
On Sunday, the president tweeted: “Why the” votes “of my press conferences etc. are so high,” Graduation final, Monday night football type numbers “according to (New York Times) Lamestream Media is going CRAZY. “Trump is reaching too many people, we have to stop him.” said a madman. See you at 17:00! ‘
Trump went on to write: “… On Monday, about 12.2 million people saw Mr. Trump’s briefing on CNN, Fox News and MSNBC, according to Nielsen -” Monday Night Football “numbers. More millions are watching on ABC, CBS, NBC and online streaming sites and the audience is expanding. Monday, Fox News … “
“… alone attracted 6.2 million viewers for the president’s briefing – a surprising number for 6:00 pm. cable broadcast, more like the audience for a popular prime time sitcom ..”
Trump’s tweets come as nearly 140,000 Americans have been infected with the outbreak that continues to rise across the country.
The president’s proud statements included a confrontation with ABC’s popular dating show “The Bachelor”, which recently ended its 24th season. According to Variety, just under 8.5 million viewers have tuned in to the season finale.
Trump also compared his press conferences with Monday night’s NFL football, which averaged around 12.6 million viewers per week during the season, according to Statistics.
He also pointed to a New York Times article that reported that only 13% of Republicans trust the media for information about the coronavirus, however he let out that the article goes on to say that 72% of Democrats trust the media.
Trump’s complacency remarks also come hours after Dr. Anthony Fauci, an infectious disease expert from the White House coronavirus task force, who said the outbreak could kill up to 200,000 people in the United States on Sunday morning.
‘Looking at what we’re seeing now, I’d say between 100,000 and 200,000 cases … I’m sorry, dead. I mean, we’ll have millions of cases, “said Fauci during an interview on CNN’s” State of the Union “.