Obama’s claim that coronavirus is getting ‘worse’ under Trump gets a reality check

Fresh from speaking at the Democrat National Convention, former President Barack Obama logged into Twitter on Friday morning and took some shots at his successor’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

However, while Obama’s message may resonate with partisan Democrats, a fact-check by Breitbart showed that it doesn’t match up with reality. 

Obama goes after Trump

“While other countries around the world have successfully managed this pandemic, we’ve seen things get worse,” the former president tweeted. “It’s not too late for us to work towards recovery, but it’s going to require leaders with coherent plans to move us forward.” Obama’s tweet didn’t mention names, but he is actively campaigning in support of Democrat Joe Biden’s presidential bid against President Donald Trump.

Obama then linked to an article published in The Atlantic on August 4 titled, “How the Pandemic Defeated America.” Its tagline read, “A virus has brought the most powerful country to its knees.”

Yet as Breitbart writer Joel B. Pollak explained, both the article and its claims that the virus is getting worse are now nearly three weeks old — and the situation has since changed.

Fact check

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data show that coronavirus cases peaked in the U.S. in late July and have declined steadily since then,” Pollak noted.

“Moreover, cases are declining in many ‘hot spots’ across the south and west of the country, which experienced a spike in cases in June and July even as cases declined in the Northeast, which was hardest hit in the earliest months of the pandemic,” Pollack wrote.

In fact, California, which saw a troubling surge in cases in July, has already “turned a corner,” as Gov. Gavin Newsom said on Aug. 12. The state just “reported the fewest average coronavirus cases and total hospitalizations this week in nearly two months,” The Mercury News reported on Saturday.

Pollak singled out Los Angeles, California, where “new coronavirus cases have fallen so low that schools may soon be able to re-open, county health officials said on Thursday.”

Coronavirus cases linked to BLM protests

Pollack also notes how the new cases that have been observed appear to coincide with Black Lives Matter protests, events that occurred with the blessing of Democrat officials.

“One reason for the spike, in L.A. and elsewhere, was the fact that tens of thousands of people joined Black Lives Matter protests (and riots) — with Obama’s encouragement,” he wrote.

Pollak concluded by declaring, “The truth is that ‘we’ve seen things get better.’ Twitter and other social media companies have flagged or removed posts that present inaccurate information about the coronavirus pandemic, but Obama’s tweet remained live as of this writing.”

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