President Trump said the US would be in the throes of a “massive depression” if he had “totally” heeded advice from scientists on coronavirus-related lockdown measures. Trump made the economic prediction at his Sunday rally in Carson City, Nevada, adding that the country would endure another Great Depression if Joe Biden is elected president.
“He’s gonna lock down. This guy wants to lock down,” Trump said of Biden, referring to the coronavirus lockdowns for public safety. “He’ll listen to the scientists. If I listened totally to the scientists, we would right now have a country that would be in a massive depression.”
The president said that instead, under his watch the US economy is recovering from the pandemic. “We’re like a rocketship. Take a look at the numbers,” Trump told the crowd. The US, at nearly 220,000 deaths, has lost more people to the coronavirus than any other country in the world.
Andrew Bates, a Biden campaign spokesperson countered Trump’s claims, saying the president is to blame for “tanking” the economy.
Sources: NYpost; Image: The New York Times