The Democratic National Committee displayed a floating billboard in Miami waters highlighting more than 215,000 COVID-19-related deaths under the supervision of Republican President Donald Trump just hours before the Miami City Hall in Trump began airing on NBC.
A tweet with photos of the billboard from NBC senior digital policy reporter Alex Seat-Wald mentioned that the billboard is floating on Miami’s waterways today and will pass tonight at Trump’s NBC City Hall tonight, showing the message “Trump lied, 215 000+ “dies” in English, Spanish and Haitian Creole.
Trump was originally scheduled to discuss Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden this week, but Trump’s campaign failed after the non-partisan presidential debate committee (CPD) announced its intention to host the debate in practice. The CPD did this to minimize potential exposure to COVID-19 following the announcement of Trump’s positive coronavirus diagnosis on October 2.
NBC announced that it will broadcast Trump City Hall on Thursday at 20:00 ET, at the same time as Biden’s City Hall on ABC.
The ongoing coronavirus epidemic is central to the entire presidential campaign in 2020. In the United States alone, the coronavirus has killed more people than the military conflicts in Vietnam, Korea, Iraq, Afghanistan and World War I combined.
After initially downplaying the potential lethality of the virus to the American public, in mid-September, Trump publicly advocated for herd immunity. The World Health Organization called this approach, when no vaccine is available, “very dangerous.”
As of Oct. 14, COVID-19-related deaths have risen in 16 U.S. states, according to New York Times. In a conversation Tuesday, Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), warned that small household gatherings are causing a spike in new cases, according to CNN.
Earlier this month, Dr. Tom Friedon, former director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), told CNN that the United States should expect 20,000 more deaths from coronavirus by the end of the month, especially since lower temperatures drive more people in closed, closed spaces indoors.
He added that the number of deaths from COVID-19 in the United States may now be higher than reported due to deaths in adult patients due to underlying conditions rather than the coronavirus, which exacerbated them fatally.
While the Trump administration has invested millions in the rapid development of a vaccine against COVID-19, it is expected to be widely available by 2021, according to national infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci.
Newsweek turned to Trump’s campaign for comment.