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President Donald Trump’s eldest son delivered a forceful endorsement for his father’s reelection on the opening night of the 2020 Republican National Convention, claiming Trump “acted quickly” to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the US.
Trump Jr. attempted to spin the disaster of the US’s coronavirus outbreak into a success story for his father and claimed the president “acted quickly” to help states respond to the crisis.
“Fortunately, as the virus began to spread, the president acted quickly and ensured ventilators got to hospitals that needed them most, he delivered PPE to our brave frontline workers, and he rallied the mighty American private sector to tackle this new challenge,” he said.
In reality, the president denied and downplayed the crisis for months, discouraged Americans from practicing social distancing and wearing masks, demanded that states reopen their economies in violation of federal guidelines, and claimed victory at every turn.
The US currently has the highest number of coronavirus infections in the world; it makes up 25% of global cases despite having just 4% of the world’s population. As of Monday, more than 177,000 Americans have died from the virus.
Over the last several years, Trump Jr. has become one of his father’s most aggressive and outspoken surrogates, campaigning for the president across the country and using his social media platforms to spread right-wing conspiracy theories, raise money, and promote the administration’s conservative ideology.
Trump Jr. was one of several keynote speakers featured on Monday. Others included Guilfoyle, Republican Reps. Matt Gaetz and Jim Jordan, Sen. Tim Scott, former United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley, and RNC chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel.
This year’s RNC comes as Trump faces an uphill battle to securing a second term in office amid a global pandemic that’s infected more than 5.7 million Americans, killed over 177,000, and left millions unemployed as the US economy struggles to recover.