bassist Rex Brown
has slammed President Donald Trump
over his handling of the coronavirus outbreak.The rocker made the comments while sharing a link to a BBC
article about New Zealand, which announced in June that almost all domestic coronavirus restrictions would be lifted after the country said it had "eliminated" the virus."Now if only...We would've listened to these guidelines, 3 million of us wouldn't be sick," Rex
tweeted on Monday (July 13) to his 12,000 Twitter
followers. "140,000+ Dead & Counting. And to think that we had to listen to an 'Oompahloompa'
that only wants ratings, not precaution...Distgusting!!" Rex
apparently was referencing the countless memes likening the president's tan lines to the orange-faced Oompa Loompa
characters from the children's book and movie "Charlie And The Chocolate Factory"
.When one fan pointed out to Rex
that there are 328 million people in America while New Zealand only has around 5 million, and insisted that New Zealand isn't handling anything better," Brown
responded: "I know the #'s are disproportionate.. If everyone would just quit being the problem, we wouldn't be where we are today!! Thx for your oversight.."Rex
later added: "It's called 'Leadership'!! That was the point I was trying to get across & failed, in my knee jerk reaction to the piece."According to an ABC News
poll released Friday, two-thirds of Americans give Trump
low marks for his response to the coronavirus pandemic. Only 78% of Republicans approve of the president's handling of the COVID-19 crisis.Trump
on Monday claimed that increases in testing were behind the recent surge in coronavirus cases across the country, despite evidence that some states are struggling with testing shortages and delays.
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