Trump says US would be ‘in a massive depression’ if he’d trusted the experts on COVID-19: Report

President Donald Trump confirmed his stance Sunday that America would be in bad shape if Democrat White House hopeful Joe Biden had been in charge of the nation’s response to COVID-19.

According to Breitbart, Trump said at a campaign rally in Carson City, Nevada, on Sunday that the U.S. “would be in a massive depression” if he had taken Biden’s recommended approach to the coronavirus pandemic.

“He’ll listen to the scientists,” Trump said of Biden, as Breitbart reported. “If I listened totally to the scientists, we would right now have a country that would be in a massive depression.”

Trusting the science?

Biden, for his part, has claimed on many occasions that if elected, he would bow to scientists’ recommendations regarding COVID-19. The former vice president has argued that this approach stands in contrast to Trump’s.

President Trump, meanwhile, has pointed to several reasons why he hasn’t blindly trusted the scientists — not the least of which is the fact that the science has been all over the place.

At first, experts said Americans shouldn’t wear masks to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. Then, face coverings were treated as a cure-all.

The conflicting information has left a divide among Americans, who still don’t all agree on the effectiveness of masks.

When the cure is worse than the disease

Speaking Sunday, however, Trump cited a different reason for carving his own path. “The cure cannot be worse than the problem itself,” he said, according to Breitbart.

Here, the president was referring to the negative impact that coronavirus-related lockdowns have had on the U.S. economy. When lockdowns were lifted, Trump said, jobs numbers went up “like a rocket ship.”

“I say, you get out there and things are opening up, tell your governor to open up, tell everybody to open up,” Trump told rallygoers Sunday, according to Breitbart.

Biden, on the other hand, seems to want the opposite.

It’s just one more item that is on the ballot this November: Do voters want an America that looks like New York or Michigan, where people are still being kept under lock and key? Or do they want a country that finally looks to be rounding the corner of the coronavirus pandemic?

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