Ah, the old pick-and choose. Ok, let's go.

If you start with case totals, red states in the top 15 have 2.5 million cases. Blue have 1.7 million. (Note: red and blue make up America. And Trump is president of America.)

So, he picks a data category and picks one category. But...
...now, the reason why case numbers are more reflective of performance than death rates: As only idiots and #DimwitDon don't know, what determines death rates in global dealing with Covid is the timing of outbreak. The coasts had the earliest outbreaks because the virus came...
... in from Europe and those visitors tend to be on the coasts, as do business folks traveling back and forth from europe. Early on, doctors were still struggling to figure out what to do (for example, they were much more sold on ventilators than now, they believed in patients...
...being face up rather than face down which we now know is better, they were using hydroxychloroquine which was poor performing versus remsdevir later, which was more effective. This is about the evolution of medical treatment based on scientific studies from all over the...
...world. That trump says "the statistic which I have no effect on is about me, but the other statistic which is connected to me has nothing to do with me" shows he is stupid, unfit, doesnt consider himsef the president of the whole country, & still doesnt understand Covid.
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