Trailing in the polls and desperate, Trump claimed at a SuperSpreader rally Friday that U.S. doctors are lying about the number of Americans who have died from Covid –for profit.
Trump told a rally audience in Waterford Township, Michigan yesterday,
“Our doctors get more money if someone dies from Covid. You know that, right?”
So what they do is, they say, ‘I’m sorry, but, you know, everybody dies of Covid…
But in Germany and other places, if you have a heart attack, or you have cancer, you’re terminally ill, you catch Covid, they say you died of cancer, you died of heart attack.
With us, when in doubt, choose Covid.”
He claims that doctors are paid “like $2,000 more” for deaths from the coronavirus.
AMA President Susan Bailey said,
“The suggestion that doctors – in the midst of a public health crisis – are over-counting Covid-19 patients or lying to line their pockets is a malicious, outrageous, and completely misguided charge.”
Rather than attacking us and lobbing baseless charges at physicians, our leaders should be following the science and urging adherence to the public health steps we know work – wearing a mask, washing hands and practicing physical distancing,”
Trump even mocked Fox News ally Laura Ingraham at the rally for wearing a mask, calling her
More than 9 million people in the U.S. have contracted Covid-19 and nearly 230,000 have died since the pandemic began. Cases are now spiking across the country, with 14 states hitting record highs this week.
On Thursday the U.S. topped 89,000 new cases in a day for the first time ever.
(Photo, screen grab, YouTube; via Bloomberg)