One hundred thousand: It’s the number on everyone’s mind. Well, almost everyone.
More than 100,000 Americans have died from COVID-19, a shocking, tragic, and — according to some research — potentially avoidable number of deaths.
Eric Trump, the president’s son, meanwhile, was focused on the stock market, quote-tweeting a post from the conservative Washington Examiner that said the “Dow Jones [has shown] some numbers we haven’t seen since early March.”
“GREAT DAY for the DOW!!” he tweeted Wednesday evening.
Lots of folks weren’t pleased with Trump’s focus on the stock market on such a grim day. The replies and quote tweets to the post largely focused on the 100,000 COVID-19 deaths.
Over 100,000 dead. Did you mean DOW or DOA?
— Dana Goldberg (@DGComedy) May 28, 2020
Nevermind that we have lost 100,000 and 38 million Americans are unemployed.
Way to have perspective!
— Chris D. Jackson (@ChrisDJackson) May 28, 2020
100,000 families are planning funerals.
Your humanity is busted.
— John Pavlovitz (@johnpavlovitz) May 28, 2020
Any other milestones today?
— Guy Endore-Kaiser (@GuyEndoreKaiser) May 27, 2020
100,000 people confirmed dead from Covid-19 today.
But it’s a “GREAT DAY for the DOW”.
Eric Trump, like his dad, is a sociopath. https://t.co/lOKsKCSFyR
— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) May 28, 2020
Eric Trump’s father, President Donald Trump, meanwhile, spent a good portion of his morning on Thursday focusing on social media and how it was unfair to him. He is reportedly set to sign an executive order against social media companies just one day after Twitter labeled one of his posts as “potentially misleading.”
This will be a Big Day for Social Media and FAIRNESS!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 28, 2020
Eventually, Trump did acknowledge the awful death toll in a tweet.
“We have just reached a very sad milestone with the coronavirus pandemic deaths reaching 100,000,” he wrote on Twitter on Thursday. “To all of the families & friends of those who have passed, I want to extend my heartfelt sympathy & love for everything that these great people stood for & represent. God be with you!”