A chilling political ad has been released criticising Donald Trump as the US surpasses 100,000 deaths from coronavirus.
The ad, made by anti-Trump conservative group the Lincoln Project, features a number of body bags along with an audio grab of Mr Trump speaking.
“You have 15 people, and the 15 within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero,” he says.
The video then zooms out and Mr Trump’s words “close to zero” repeat, slower and slower as more body bags are shown forming the US flag.
Mr Trump’s quote is from February 26, when he told a Coronavirus Task Force briefing “that's a pretty good job we've done”.
The ad concludes with text which reads: “100,000 dead Americans. One wrong president”.
On Twitter, people called the ad “brutal” and “powerful”.
“Brilliant. Simple, elegant, true,” one woman tweeted.
“God bless America with a new leader who has a heart and speaks the truth.”
Another woman called it “effective”.
“My God this is haunting,” one man tweeted.
The Lincoln Project states its mission is to “defeat President Trump and Trumpism at the ballot box” and while the organisation doesn’t exactly endorse Democrat nominees it accepts “electing Democrats who support the Constitution over Republicans who do not is a worthy effort”.
The US president has copped significant criticism over his handling of the pandemic.
A furious Mr Trump pulled funding to the World Health Organisation in mid-April blaming deaths “on their mistakes”.
Mr Trump spent Saturday playing golf, for the first time since declaring a national emergency. CNN reported when Mr Trump tweeted in October 2014, there were only two confirmed cases of Ebola compared to more than 1.6 million coronavirus cases currently in the US alone.
President Trump raised a few eyebrows and was widely mocked during a press conference by suggesting injecting people with disinfectant might kill off coronavirus.
Dr David Robert Grimes, a scientist, who did a PhD in medical ultraviolet radiation, and is an award-winning author quickly slammed the president’s radical suggestions.
“No, you cannot inject UV light into your body to cure #COVID19 - neither biology or physics work that way,” Dr Grimes Tweeted, adding “essentially” the president had a “kindergarten level of comprehension” on “everything”.
Mr Trump later claimed he was being sarcastic and accused the media of misrepresenting what he said.
Mr Trump made claims mail-in ballots are “substantially fraudulent” and result in a "rigged election."
The tweet received an exclamation mark prompting readers to "get the facts about mail-in ballots" and directed them to a page with news articles and information about the claims aggregated by Twitter staffers.
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