Bolton says US response to coronavirus was ‘one mistake after another’

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“They made a complete mess of it, and it was a tragedy for Americans, for those who died and their families, for the economic consequences,” Bolton told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “The Lead.”

“To date, the administration does not have a coronavirus strategy. Now they can still benefit from it. Recent polls appear to be concerned that the virus is dwindling as a political issue, so they might be able to work their way through. . But this is only one mistake after another. ”

His comments come amid the Republican National Convention where the Trump campaign sought to cover up the president’s delayed response to the pandemic that has now claimed the lives of at least 178,000 Americans, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The party wanted to take this issue “head-on”, according to the organizers of the event. In a video, the RNC distorted Trump’s attitude towards the virus, repeating a wave of lies about the US response even as the country remains the world leader in total cases and deaths.

But the lack of recognition of the reality of the pandemic is not the only element that has brought close scrutiny to the Republican convention.On Tuesday evening, Mary Ann Mendoza, whose police son was killed by a drunk driver, was abruptly removed from the program after retweeting a thread promoting an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory linked to the fringe conspiracy theory, QAnon .

“Do yourself a favor and read this thread,” Mendoza had tweeted, referring to a series of conspiratorial tweets about a Jewish plan to control the world. She later deleted the tweet and claimed that she had not read “all messages in the discussion thread.”

Still, his initial placement in the program underscores how much the Trump campaign has relied on his marginal support during the final months of the 2020 presidential campaign.

Asked about Wednesday’s episode, Bolton said he “was worried about Trump.”

“That’s what worries me. I think the Republican Party after this election is going to have a very serious conversation about where we want to go. It will be immediate if Trump loses. But that will happen even if he wins. I wish I had a figure in the Conservative movement today like William F. Buckley Jr., who used to be able to participate in these debates and say, ‘This is just unacceptable for responsible Conservatives to believe . ‘ ”

“But since there is no philosophy that governs this administration, this is how these extremists have crept in,” he continued.

” It’s annoying. “

CNN’s Maeve Reston and Stephen Collinson contributed to this report.

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