Donald Trump has now decided that the best way to distract everyone from his own negligent mishandling of the coronavirus is to try to blame it all on the World Health Organization. Of course this is a ludicrous argument, so Trump decided to send a ludicrous person like Kellyanne Conway on television to try to amplify it.
Let’s just say that it didn’t exactly go well for Kellyanne Conway. She tried to argue that the WHO should know how to deal with COVID-19 by now, because it’s the nineteenth coronavirus. That’s right, she doesn’t appear to know that COVID-19 was named after the year 2019:
This is so embarrassing. Kellyanne Conway seems to think Covid-19 refers to the 19th virus strain instead of 2019. It’s like the joke about a fool seeing the play The Madness of King George III and saying “I liked it, but I wish I’d seen the first two.” pic.twitter.com/TKDw2HLmTZ— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) April 15, 2020
The average American may or may not know the history and nomenclature of the coronavirus. But Kellyanne Conway is speaking on behalf of the White House and the President of the United States, so there’s no excuse for her not to know this. Of course Donald Trump probably doesn’t know it either, so it’s fitting that her meltdown today was in the name of trying to cover for him.