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Trump cares more about taking down statues of racist Confederate generals and slaveholders than coronavirus death toll, Maxine Waters says

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Democratic congresswoman Maxine Waters has claimed that president Donald Trump cares more about protecting Confederate monuments, than he does about US deaths due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The number of coronavirus cases in states across the US has risen in the last few weeks, after businesses reopened and social distancing measures were eased, with the support of Mr Trump.


Over the same time period, monuments to Confederate officials were removed in numerous states, after Black Lives Matter protesters criticised them following the death of George Floyd.

The president condemned the removal of statues, and on Thursday, the representative for California released a statement that criticised Mr Trump’s actions over the last few months.


“One would hope that the president of the United States would rise to the level of leadership that our country needs in confronting the deadly uptick in coronavirus cases in America,” Ms Waters said.

“Instead, we are left with Donald Trump, an incompetent and heartless man who is more focused on saving statues of slaveholders, Confederate generals, and racists than protecting the health of living and breathing Americans,” the 81-year-old added.

Ms Waters’ comments came on the same day that the country recorded its highest daily total of coronavirus cases, since the pandemic began.

The previous highest daily total of positive Covid-19 cases of 36,426, was recorded on 24 April, but two months later on 25 June, the US announced 39,327 new coronavirus infections.

“The United States remains the epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic, with more than 2.4 million cases and more than 124,000 deaths. My home state of California, Arizona, Texas, and Florida have seen their coronavirus cases skyrocket in the past two weeks,” the congresswoman wrote in her statement.

“On Tuesday, Texas and California set records for having more than 5,000 coronavirus cases in a 24-hour period, and 33 states have reported a spike in their weekly average of coronavirus cases.

“Instead of using the full power of his office to fight this deadly pandemic, Donald Trump would rather ignore the coronavirus and call in US marshals to confront protestors who are taking down memorials to racist Confederate generals and slaveholders,” Ms Waters added.




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