Wednesday, 23 Sep 2020

Melania Trump blasted as coronavirus ‘denier’ in ‘disastrous’ back to school tweet

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The First Lady posted a message thanking teachers and parents for following CDC guidelines to keep their children safe as they go back to school. But Americans challenged Mrs Trump for the message. One user called her husband Donald Trump’s response to coronavirus “disastrous”, with another branding the Trump family as coronavirus deniers. It comes as the US saw another 22,874 cases and a further 381 deaths on Tuesday.

Mrs Trump hailed children returning to school on Twitter, and said: “Whether you’re going back to school in person or remotely, let’s remember to practice CDC guidelines.

“Thanks to our teachers & parents for your dedication to the well-being of our children to make this school year a success.”

She also paid reference to her anti-bullying campaign Be Best in the post.

It followed millions of American children returning to school on Tuesday, and around 513,000 children contracting COVID-19 as of September 3.

Dr Sally Goza, President of the American Academy of Pediatrics, said in the groups weekly briefing the numbers of children infected with the virus are “a chilling reminder of why we need to take this virus seriously”.

Twitter users savaged the First Lady’s support for children returning to school.

One user said: “Who the f*** is getting to go back to in person? Canada!

“Not my American kids, there’s will be no high school sports for them either.

“This administration couldn’t have made a worse disaster for our kids.

Another added: “So the science and COVID denying first family are now saying we should pay attention to the fact that there’s a pandemic?”

More users took issue with the post, and attacked the First Lady for Mr Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

One user said in response to Mrs Trump’s praise for children returning to school: “As Donald demands schools open completely, has Barron gone back to his?”

Another added, referencing Mrs trump’s anti-bullying campaign: “Be best how ironic you have a husband who is the worst.

“It’s not just boy talk he’s despicable the way he talks about the military. You should be utterly ashamed.”

Another also said: “What in the world you were thinking with these alternate reality tweets?

“Are you mocking us, mocking the job, or completely delusional?”

The Trump administration has been vocal about its want for children to return to school, despite the ongoing risks from coronavirus.

Mr Trump, on August 12 during a meeting with Kids First, blamed Democrats for not allowing children to go back to schools, and said keeping them away was a “tremendous burden” on parents.

He also recently appointed Dr Scott Atlas, who believes it is safe to reopen schools, as an adviser to his coronavirus response team.

Dr Atlas said in the same briefing: “We know that the risk of the disease is extremely low for children, even less than that of seasonal flu.

“We know that the harms of locking out the children from school are enormous.”

As of September 8, the US has seen 6,321,950 cases.

It has also seen 189,489 deaths according to Johns Hopkins University.

Mr Trump has been suggested to want schools to reopen to boost the economy ahead of the November 3 election.

The President will face Democrat Joe Biden, and nationwide polling has put Mr Biden squarely ahead of the incumbent.

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