For more than a week, Democrats have been hammering President Donald Trump for setting a target of Easter weekend to re-open the country.
Trump made them all look like fools on Sunday, however, by announcing that he is extending the “15 Days to Slow the Spread” campaign until at least April 30, the Washington Examiner reported.
An aspirational end-date
About a week ago, Trump said that he would love for the country to open back up on Easter. As president, part of his job is to be hopeful, even during a time of crisis.
The media had been hammering Trump for not giving people a timeline and when he did, the media exploded in rage, saying that the aspirational date was too early and that Trump would have blood on his hands if he moved forward with the idea.
Even so, Trump never locked in the date and said he would listen to his team of health experts as to when the best time to open up the country would be.
All the while, the media and Democrats acted as though Trump had locked that day in and there was no way he could be talked out of it. After meeting with his team, though, Trump confirmed that he had decided to extend the deadline to the end of April.
The worst is yet to come
New York has been the epicenter of this pandemic in our country thus far, but we are starting to see bigger numbers now from other states.
For instance, New Jersey’s numbers are starting to increase by about 10% per day — similar to what we were seeing from New York over the last two weeks.
As experts watch these trends, they expect the bulk of the country to be in the heart of this pandemic over the next two weeks, hence the order to extend the social distancing through April.
“The better you do, the faster this whole nightmare will end,” Trump said in his announcement Sunday, according to the Examiner.
By that, Trump means following the guidelines put in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, recently predicted we could have anywhere from 100,000 to 200,000 deaths from the outbreak if social distancing measures aren’t followed. With less than 6,000 deaths currently reported, the worst is yet to come.