According to Johns Hopkins University more than 600,000 people have died in the U.S. from the coronavirus.
That’s nearly 1 out of every 550 Americans.
It was exactly one year ago today when then-Vice President Mike Pence, in his capacity as the head of the White House’s coronavirus taskforce, wrote an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal on the federal response to the pandemic. The message was simple: Thanks to Donald Trump, Pence argued, “we are winning the fight against the invisible enemy.”
The Indiana Republican proceeded to take a tragic-in-hindsight victory lap, dismissing “grim predictions of a second wave,” while insisting that the White House’s approach was “a success.” Pence even boasted at the time that “deaths are down to fewer than 750 a day.”
It came on the heels of Donald Trump assuring the public that he expected the overall U.S. death toll from the pandemic to “probably” be around 60,000.
In mid-April 2020, Trump’s benchmark for success was an overall domestic death toll below 240,000.
Breaking News: More than 600,000 people in the U.S. are known to have died of Covid-19, a once-unthinkable number, 10 times the death toll that Donald Trump once predicted as president. https://t.co/PPwJMig7bf pic.twitter.com/fXdGZYPy32
— The New York Times (@nytimes) June 16, 2021
Today we passed a grim milestone: 600,000 lives lost from COVID-19. My heart goes out to all those who’ve lost a loved one. I know that black hole that seems to consume you, but a time will come when their memory brings a smile to your lips before it brings a tear to your eyes.
— President Biden (@POTUS) June 15, 2021
Over 600,000 people in the U.S. have died due to COVID-19. We pray for their loved ones, and we honor their memory. This incredible loss is felt deeply in our communities and across our country.
— Vice President Kamala Harris (@VP) June 16, 2021
600,000 people died https://t.co/H5uBh3W7h1
— Bradley P. Moss (@BradMossEsq) June 16, 2021