Trump coronavirus ‘Death Clock’ truck heads to Washington ahead of July 4th celebration
Protesters will drive the “Trump Death Clock” around Washington on Saturday ahead of July 4 celebrations in the city.
The truck displays digital statistics on three different faces of the vehicle and will feature a real-time tracker of coronavirus deaths in the country. Names of COVID-19 victims will also be read aloud over a loudspeaker.
“Trump and his administration were advised as early as January that urgent measures were needed to stop the spread of the pandemic, but he refused to take action until mid-March, resulting in an estimated 76,000 unnecessary deaths, or 60% of the overall coronavirus death total,” Public Citizen, a co-sponsor of the clock, said in a press release. “Trump has also undermined his own public health experts, pushed states to reopen early and spread misleading information about the virus.”
The display uses information pulled from the Trump Death Clock webpage, which claims, “Experts estimate that, had mitigation measures been implemented one week earlier, 60% of American COVID-19 deaths would have been avoided.”
The website also hosts a public survey for anyone to fill out about which city the truck should visit next to lambast the president’s handling of the pandemic.
The truck has followed Trump around the country, most recently appearing in Tulsa, Okla. for a campaign rally last month. At least eight campaign staffers who were in Tulsa have since tested positive for the coronavirus.
Trump has come under withering criticism for his response to the coronavirus as cases spike against the country, with detractors saying the president was too eager to reopen the country and allow public gatherings, which fueled more serious outbreaks.