Trump’s shifting rhetoric on coronavirus

Whether calling the democratic hoax epidemic “hysteria”, announcing a national emergency and urging all Americans to work from home and avoid public spaces, the rhetoric of the President Donald Trump on the coronavirus pandemic has changed dramatically in the space of a few weeks.

Trump has come for harsh criticism from political opponents for what they say is his failure to take the threat of the virus seriously when the outbreak first appeared.

“On average, 35,000 people die from the flu each year. Did anyone know?” Trump told his supporters at a rally on February 28.

“Thirty-five thousand. That’s a lot of people. And so far, we haven’t lost anyone against tocoronavirus in the United States.”

“Now the Democrats are politicizing the coronavirus … this is their new hoax.”

But a few weeks later, Trump’s tone had radically changed as he announced a national emergency and urged the Americans to take drastic measures to avoid contamination.

“My administration recommends that all Americans, including young people and healthy people, strive to continue their studies at home when possible, avoid gathering in groups of more than 10 people, avoid discretionary travel and avoid eating and drinking in bars, restaurants and the public. food courts, “he told the nation this week.