If this year’s presidential debates were fought on memes, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden landed the first punch by stating that President Donald Trump that had no clear plan on how to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. He said: “This is the same fellow who told you this was going to end by Easter… This is the same fellow who told you we’re going to end this by the summer. We’re about to go into a dark winter, a dark winter. And he has no clear plan” (via Twitter).
Trust social media to link this back to the popular HBO series Game of Thrones, when the line “winter is coming” first became a meme. (GoT Fans also know winter is also the time when the White Walkers show up and that’s usually a bad thing). One Twitter user responded to Biden’s comment as it was transcribed and shared on Twitter, saying, “Trump told us everything was ‘going to go away’ and be fine from day one. Trump lied. We heard him on tape describing coronavirus as a deadly disease.” Another sadly pointed out, “It has already come for many.” A third tweeted: “Trump is using an image ‘turning the corner’ that sounds good but makes no sense at all. Cases are on the rise. Winter forces people inside. Flu is coming to layer on and jam up ERs and Hospitals. — We are turning the corner, alright, into a dark alley!!”
Pandemic experts are predicting 'dark weeks' ahead
Mary Trump, the president’s niece, who broke with the family and wrote her tell-all book, posted a screenshot on her Twitter account, showing the number of states where the number of coronavirus cases were seeing a sharp spike. These included the states of North and South Dakota, Montana, and Wisconsin.
To be clear — epidemic experts are also warning that the coronavirus cases are expected to spike within the next six to 12 weeks. One of them is Michael Osterholm, director of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, who told NBC’s Meet the Press,“The next six to 12 weeks are going to be the darkest of the entire pandemic. Vaccines will not become available in any meaningful way until early to [the] third quarter of next year. And even then, about half of the U.S. population at this point is skeptical of even taking the vaccine” (via HuffPost).
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