After a tweet by President Donald Trump downplayed the seriousness of the coronavirus, Americans who have been personally impacted by COVID-19 react to the commander-in-chief's words. (Oct. 6)
- I'm in the pool now.
MIKE MATTNER: She was full of life. Not getting to see her, not getting to visit her in the hospital was just really horrible. Then not getting to be there and hold her hand when she passed away-- it was tough.
CHLOE PRAYON: So it just went from he's not feeling great, and he's just going to go check out-- get checked out again to he's in a medically induced coma and on a ventilator. Can't breathe on his own.
TIMOTHY SCHMITZ: There were two nights when I thought that I was not going to make it. I was having extreme trouble breathing.
MIKE MATTNER: Very disrespectful to the 210,000 people who've lost family members, and it's just nonstop. Every day it's something else from him. So it was hurtful.
TIMOTHY SCHMITZ: He's the President of the United States. He has access to things that we do not.
CHLOE PRAYON: For people that actually view him as a legitimate source of information and news and trust what he says blindly, it's scary to think that he would put that out there.
TIMOTHY SCHMITZ: I'm not 100%. I'm not the man I used to be. I'm better.
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CHLOE PRAYON: After 17 or 18 days, he was able to come off the ventilator. He actually ripped the ventilator tubes out on his own.
MIKE MATTNER: If we would have-- he would have-- we would have acted earlier. It's hard for me not to get pissed off and blame him for personally responsible for 210,000 deaths right now.