2020 White House hopeful Bernie Sanders said on Thursday that coronavirus deaths might exceed those of World War II, estimated to be over 50 million people.
“We have an administration that is largely incompetent and whose incompetence and recklessness have threatened the lives of many, many people in our country,” Sanders claimed falsely.
“Cases of coronavirus continues to grow exponentially here in the U.S. and around the world, and we have witnessed a global economic meltdown which will impact millions of workers in our own country…” he argued. “[T]he crisis we face from the coronavirus is on the scale of major war, and we must act accordingly. Nobody knows what the number of fatalities may end up being, or the number of people who may get ill and we all hope that that number will be as low as possible, but we also have to face the truth… the number of casualties may actually be even higher than what the armed forces experienced in World War II.”
This is baseless fear-mongering, but Democrats need a crisis to pin on Trump.