In a video posted to Twitter with the message “happy birthday, Donald”, the Lincoln Project blasted Mr. Trump for his past words about the pandemic, including calling it a “hoax.”
Noting that June 14 is Mr. Trump’s birthday, the video shows a birthday cake with candles gradually going out as the former president speaks of the pandemic past.
Among the statements released are Mr. Trump’s claims that the pandemic will likely “go away” by April and that Covid-19 is “the same as the flu.”
Noting that more than 500,000 Americans have now died from the coronavirus pandemic, the video blames Mr. Trump for their deaths, saying that “because of his inaction, 500,000 Americans celebrated [their birthdays] for the last time “.
“So as Donald Trump celebrates his birth… celebrate their lives instead,” the video reads.
In a tweet sharing the video, Tara Setmayer, Lincoln Project senior advisor, wrote: “Let’s not forget that Trump is not forgetting the more than 400,000 Americans who will not have the privilege of celebrating another birthday because of of Trump’s sadistic and failed Covid-19 response. “
“Damn Trump. Celebrate the lives of those who are lost, ”Ms. Setmayer said.
As of Monday, 599,796 people in the United States died from Covid-19, according to an online tracker maintained by Johns Hopkins University (JHU).
More than 33 million people have contracted the virus in the United States, according to the JHU.