Donald Trump’s last-minute social media strategy for this election seems to consist of posting every possible negative accusation that he can think of about his opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden, to his Twitter feed and see what he can get to stick with low-information voters who haven’t already been repelled by his incompetence and reputation for limitless lies.
Mostly he’s been fabricating falsehoods about Biden’s policy positions on taxes, socialism, and healthcare, but Trump opened a Pandora’s box today when he foolishly attacked his rival over his performance during the last big viral outbreak that threatened the health of Americans: the 2009 H1N1 swine flu pandemic.
If you can barely recall this particular viral outbreak, it’s likely that it’s because the Obama administration responded effectively against it, as the ultimate death toll of just over 12 thousand people — compared to the current number of nearly 231 thousand COVID-19 fatalities — demonstrates.
Trump was not to be deterred, however, from depicting Joe Biden as in dangerously over his head during the swine flu outbreak in his social media propaganda, no matter how little justification there was for that characterization.
Biden was a pathetic laughing stock all over Washington for the horrible way he handled the H1N1 Swine Flu. Even his own Chief of Staff said he didn’t know what he was doing!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 2, 2020
As luck would have it, the very chief of staff who worked with Biden at the time saw Trump’s post and responded almost immediately to set the record straight and tell the president that his projections weren’t fooling anyone with half a brain and the ability to compare the resultant deaths from the contrasting pandemics.
I’m that guy. And if Donald Trump really cares about what I think, here you go: no President has bungled anything, ever, as badly as Trump has bungled COVID. Period. https://t.co/mZhVgBhfGR
— Ronald Klain (@RonaldKlain) November 2, 2020
Ouch! The truth must surely hurt.
The nice thing about statistics and objective reality is that they easily refute the logic of outright malicious propaganda.
Other social media respondents were equally appalled at Trump’s attempts to rewrite history.
A very big failure yet the people @marcorubio @SenTedCruz @Jim_Jordan @senatemajldr around him cowardly support him because of party. They have forgotten that day were elected in the positions that they have now because someone thought they would do a good job! Big mistake
— The World As I Know It (@TheWorldAsIKno3) November 2, 2020
— PinkPixy (@PinkPixySprite) November 2, 2020
Trump’s tweets at this point reek of desperation and panic as he seems willing to blurt out anything no matter how insane, erroneous, or laughable to try to turn around his flailing and failing campaign.
With no accomplishments to boast of — aside from providing an unnecessary tax cut to billionaires who needed it the least — Trump has to resort to spreading lies about Biden to try to salvage his presidency.
Don’t let the lying cheater win.
Get out and vote for the Biden/Harris ticket — and every other Democrat on your local ballot — and restore normalcy to our nation.
We’ll see who the real laughing stock is soon enough.
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Vinnie Longobardo is the Managing Editor of Occupy Democrats. He's a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music, and art.