A neon sign was placed in front of the White House with a message blaming President Donald Trump for the coronavirus death rate in the U.S..
The display reading “Trump lied, 200,000 died” was held up by several democrats and paid for by the DNC, WSET reported.
The sign was lit up on Sunday night as the U.S. is on the verge of hitting the 200,000 milestone for COVID-19 deaths.
As of late Monday morning, Johns Hopkins University places the death toll in the U.S. at 199,525—the highest in the world.
Democrats have accused Trump of misleading the public in claiming that the U.S. is starting to control the spread of the virus, when 31 states are reporting an increase in the number of confirmed cases.
Trump has also been widely criticized after he was recorded in March telling journalist Bob Woodward how he “wanted to always play it down” when asked what he knew about the potential dangers of the virus.
“I still like playing it down because I don’t want to create a panic,” Trump told Woodward.
Elsewhere, marches are set to take place across the country in protest at Trump’s handling of the outbreak as the 200,000 death toll approaches.
The Refuse Facism group has organized several rallies in cities including New York, Los Angeles, Washington D.C. and Boston this week. The events titled “March Against Death, Lies, and Fascism and For Humanity” are scheduled on Monday.
The group has accused Trump of “continuing to lie, assail science, traffic in conspiracy theories, hold super-spreading rallies, and sabotage attempts to contain the pandemic.” Organisers have also said they fear that Trump will not accept election defeat in November.
Most recent polling has suggested that Democratic nominee Joe Biden will win the upcoming election.
“We face a rolling coup barreling to a showdown on November 3. The Trump/Pence regime have said and shown that they will not abide by an election they lose,” Coco Das, of the RefuseFascism.org Editorial Board, said in a statement.
“A new path of sustained, non-violent protest is being blazed. A force is gathering that must grow that will not stop until this fascist regime is driven from power. We must make this OUR time, not Trump’s.”
“On Monday, September 21, we’ll take the next step,” Das added. “Marking the grim milestone of 200,000 COVID-19 deaths by holding nationwide marches with the resounding demand for an end to the death, lies, and fascist escalation.”
This map, provided by Statista, shows the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases across the country.
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