President politicized the deaths of tens of thousands of Americans on Wednesday, placing the blame for the nation’s high death toll from on “blue states.”

“The blue states had tremendous death rates,” Trump said at a Wednesday press conference on the pandemic. “If you take the blue states out, we’re at a level that I don’t think anybody in the world would be at, we’re really at a very low level.”

He told North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Michigan to “open up their states,” saying that keeping businesses closed to prevent the spread of the virus is “hurting people far more than the disease itself.” The president added that “the vulnerable are primarily people with medical problems… who are older… so

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