Nurse After Trump Downplays COVID: I’ve Seen Hundreds ‘Suffocating To Death’
Cristina Hops, a nurse in Seattle, Washington, who works on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic, was moved to tears after President Trump downplayed the virus and told Americans, “don’t be afraid. Don’t let it dominate your life.”
- In a TikTok video that has been viewed more than 300,000 times, CNN reported, Hops teared up as she told the world, "I have seen hundreds of people suffocating to death and for him to say do not be afraid of Covid is astounding.”
- "How dare he undermine all of the work that we have done as nurses and health care providers?" she continued.
- Hopes told CNN, "When I read that and I got home, I was just so angry about it that I felt like I needed to say something.”
While Hops doesn't believe people should live in fear, she said she felt the President's words were irresponsible and disrespectful given how many people have been personally affected by the virus. More than 7.6 million people -- including the President -- have contracted coronavirus in the US, and over 212,000 people have died from the virus, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
- She also told CNN that she wants Trump to understand that his experience with COVID does not reflect the experience of all Americans.
- "What's most important is that we're taking care of each other and we're looking out for each other," she said. "And I don't feel like his tweet or any of his tweets reflect that."