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Sports radio giant Mike Francesa blasts Trump for coronavirus response

 

Sports radio giant Mike Francesa blasted President TrumpDonald John TrumpVenezuela judge orders prison time for 6 American oil executives Trump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation MORE on Monday, criticizing his administration's handling of the coronavirus outbreak and lack of medical equipment in the nation, according to Politico.

The radio host, who came out as a Trump advocate during his 2016 presidential campaign, accused him of not providing enough personal protective equipment, or PPE, to New York City, the epicenter of the U.S. outbreak.

"We're watching one thing happen in our city on the 11 o'clock news every night. We're watching people die, and now we know people who died. And we're not seeing one or two people die now in our neighborhood. We're seeing them die by the tens and twenties by the day," Francesa said.

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Francesa referenced MyPillow founder Mike Lindell's appearance during the Monday Rose Garden news briefing, where he gave a speech telling Americans to focus on religion and encouraging people to "get back in the word, read our Bibles and spend time with our families."  

Lindell previously pledged to manufacture masks and hospital gowns to donate to hospitals and medical facilities.

"So don't give me the MyPillow guy doing a song-and-dance up here on a Monday afternoon when people are dying in Queens," Francesa added. "Get the stuff made, get the stuff where it needs to go and get the boots on the ground! Treat this like the crisis it is!"

Francesa also fired back at the president for his statements claiming that some New York hospital medical supplies could be "going out the back door," which he says could be a reason there is a lack of proper equipment for facilities in the area. The president then encouraged the media to "investigate."

"You go investigate that! You have your military, your FEMA investigate that! That's your job! You're in charge of this!" Francesa said.

"If this is a war, they're stealing your supplies, what do you do? You tell the media to go investigate it? What, and get back to you in six weeks or two months, as more people die on a daily basis? That's what's wrong here. There's a disconnect," he said.

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On Sunday Trump reported the country might see a result of 100,000 to 200,000 fatalities from the virus.

"If we can hold that down, as we're saying to 100,000 [deaths], it's a horrible number, maybe even less, but to 100,000, so we have between 100,000 and 200,000, we all together have done a very good job," Trump said.

Francesa shot down the president's claims that his projections would imply "a very good job," saying, "How is that a good job in our country? It's a good job if nobody else dies! Not if another 198,000 people die! So now 200,000 people are disposable?"

New York, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S., confirmed more than 75,000 cases and a death toll of 1,500, according to The New York Times.