- The Washington Times - Monday, August 31, 2020

Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy is doubling down after he declared Saturday that President Trump is “deliberately killing people” by holding in-person events during the coronavirus pandemic.

“Can we take the gloves off and tell the truth?” the Connecticut Democrat tweeted. “Trump is deliberately killing people. He holds rallies where people get infected. On Thursday, no social distancing or masks, sending a clear message that the CDC should be ignored.

“His plan is to kill people. Let’s just say it,” he added.

Mr. Murphy was referring to the Republican National Convention, which culminated Thursday night with Mr. Trump giving a more than 70-minute speech accepting the party’s nomination on the South Lawn of the White House, in front of a non-socially distanced crowd.

Mr. Murphy’s Trump tweet came one day after thousands of activists gathered on the National Mall for the NAACP’s March on Washington for racial justice. The senator made no mention of the non-socially distanced march.

Instead, Mr. Murphy doubled down on his comments in a series of tweets Sunday morning, saying he stands by his views however “harsh” they may be.

“From the start of the epidemic, Trump has mostly refused to wear a mask and engage in social distancing,” he wrote. “His RNC speech was his biggest stage. 23m watched. … He and his advisors KNEW the consequences of brazenly thumbing their nose at their own CDC. They know viewers follow his example, and thus it will now be impossible to convince many people social distancing/masks are important.”

Mr. Murphy then argued that Mr. Trump “consciously” made a choice that would kill people.

“Think of it this way,” he wrote, “say you told your wife you’re going to drive to the grocery store, and on the way ignore all the stoplights. You don’t have a good reason - you just want to get to the store faster. She tells you before you leave that you’re going to get people killed. But you do it anyway, and you run over people. You had no good reason to be reckless. You knew the consequences beforehand and did it anyway. You’d be rightly called a killer. The difference [between] you and Trump is that you killed 3 or 4. Trump’s actions killed thousands.”

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