During a roundtable on “Fighting for America’s Seniors,” the president suggested that not testing for the coronavirus could be one way of reducing reported cases.
“If we stop testing right now, we’d have very few cases, if any,” the president said.
Trump on the number of coronavirus cases, per pool: “If we stop testing right now, we’d have very few cases, if any.”
— Rebecca Ballhaus (@rebeccaballhaus) June 15, 2020
It’s an argument the president has made before. To be clear: Not testing people for COVID-19 would reduce the number of new cases, but would have no effect on reducing the number of people who actually have the disease.
Vice President Mike Pence supported the president’s statement, which Trump may have meant as a PR tactic rather than literal scientific evidence. Trump has consistently been concerned about the PR aspect of rising coronavirus figures.
Still, Twitter users had a field day taking the president’s quotes to hilarious extremes.
When I was struggling in math, I kept telling teachers to stop testing me
— Gregory Zuckerman (@GZuckerman) June 15, 2020
“If I close my eyes right now, it won’t be sunny anymore!”
— Trumpy Trumpy (parody) (@outofcontroljb) June 15, 2020
If I stare into an eclipse before you tell me it’s one I will be fine
— RJ O. (@YeahHeDid) June 15, 2020