Hollywood stars are ripping President Trump for telling Americans not to “be afraid” of COVID-19, blasting the commander in chief as “evil” and “reckless.”
Trump announced Monday that he would be leaving Walter Reed National Military Medical Center that evening, where he was being treated since Friday after testing positive for COVID-19.
I will be leaving the great Walter Reed Medical Center today at 6:30 P.M. Feeling really good! Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life. We have developed, under the Trump Administration, some really great drugs & knowledge. I feel better than I did 20 years ago!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 5, 2020
Many entertainers – including vocal Trump critics – were swift to condemn the president’s remarks. “Captain America” star Chris Evans tweeted:
Don’t be afraid of Covid?!
You’ve been under round-the-clock care by the best doctors using the best drugs. Do you really think everyone has access to that?!
Sadly, I’m sure you’re aware of that disparity, you just don’t care
This is reckless to a shocking degree, even for you https://t.co/H8CGlD9DcZ
– Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) October 5, 2020
“Star Trek” alum George Takei called Trump’s celebratory remarks “incredibly irresponsible, and likely premature.”
Incredibly irresponsible, and likely premature. Covid-19 is a deadly, contagious disease that has now killed over 206,000 Americans. How dare you. https://t.co/koIzMEtzGo
– George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) October 5, 2020
Some performers said Trump’s comments were a slap in the face to families who lost loved ones. The United States has confirmed more than 7.4 million COVID-19 cases and more than 210,000 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
Don’t be afraid of covid? Tell that to the 210,000 families who have lost loved ones. To the Black, Brown and Indigenous folks disproportionately affected. With tens of millions of jobs lost and the economy tanked. Many of us isolated for months. You’re the cruelest. #votehimout https://t.co/QhM47Pa3lx
– Mandy Moore (@TheMandyMoore) October 5, 2020
This is the equivalent of spitting on the graves of the 207,000 Americans who passed away from COVID, whose families had to say goodbye to them over speakerphone & weren’t even able to have comfort during their time of grief. pic.twitter.com/1eyAC60F0p
– Padma Lakshmi (@PadmaLakshmi) October 5, 2020
“Don’t be afraid of Covid” he dares say to those of us who have lost loved ones to Covid. This man is evil. https://t.co/Ap2dlviXz4
– Ava DuVernay (@ava) October 5, 2020
Others questioned how Trump could tell the public to be fearless in the face of COVID-19 while he is receiving top-notch treatments and medications not available to all patients. White House physician Sean Conley told reporters Monday that Trump was poised to get “world-class medical care” when returning to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Because we will receive the medical care the president received? You have no idea how your body will react once the virus is inside of you.
There are people I knew in this life who aren’t here anymore.
Let’s have some respect for the “invisible enemy.” And some humility. https://t.co/XcDGdLyEav
– Leslie Odom, Jr. (@leslieodomjr) October 5, 2020
“Don’t be afraid of Covid” America! With a helicopter at your disposal and access to treatments only a President can get, you too will get though this just fine in time to get back to your state of the art in-house medical facility with 24 hour care and the best doctors around! https://t.co/PKkhl3qZHu
– Josh Gad (@joshgad) October 5, 2020
Idiot super spreader the best medical care in the world tells millions with virus, and the relatives of over 200,000 dead victims: dont be afraid of covid. Don’t let it dominate your life. https://t.co/r1niLAfxLK
– Colin Hanks (@ColinHanks) October 5, 2020
Over one million people have DIED from Covid, 200 K in the The president says we shouldn’t be afraid of Covid. He received ALL the BEST treatments apparently. I say there is PLENTY to be AFRAID of. Wearing a MASK is a good start to avoid spreading and getting the virus.
– Jamie Lee Curtis (@jamieleecurtis) October 5, 2020