Daily US Times: Kellyanne Conway, the former counsellor of President Trump, defended her president’s legacy on Friday night, telling talk show host Bill Maher: “You can’t deny that many people are better off.”
“Well they’re not better off now. A lot of them are dead,” HBO Real Time host Bill Maher replied.
Johns Hopkins University put the US death toll from the Covid-19 at 391,789 on Saturday, with 3,258 deaths recorded on Friday and a caseload of 23.5 million.
Also on Friday, President-elect Joe Biden labelled the Trump administration’s vaccine rollout “a dismal failure”.
Kellyanne Conway insisted the “real disappointment for people like me is that the last two months, let’s just say from 6 November to 6 January, weren’t spent mostly talking about the accomplishments, reviewing the accomplishments. He built the greatest economy we had”.
Maher responded that the US economy was “pretty much built” when Donald Trump succeeded former president Barack Obama. He did not mention the catastrophic economic impact of coronavirus and the botched response. The US unemployment rate is 6.7%, with new claims rocketing.
The former Trump counsellor’s reference to 6 January was telling. That was the day President Trump told supporters at the White House to “fight like hell” to overturn his election loss, which he has not conceded and which he baselessly maintains was the result of voter fraud.
A pro-Trump mob stormed the US Capitol, resulting in five deaths –including a police officer who confronted attackers.