Mark Ruffalo shares video blaming Trump for COVID-19 deaths in US, asks Republicans to shun 'toxic Trumpism'
Mark Ruffalo has shared a video directly blaming President Donald Trump for coronavirus deaths in the United States. The video has been produced by The Lincoln Project, a PAC founded by anti-Trump Republicans dedicated to ensuring the president does not win a second term this November.
The 52-year-old “Avengers: Endgame” star shared the video and urged Republicans to separate themselves from "toxic Trumpism."
“Some Republicans see the writing on the wall. They are delineating themselves from toxic Trumpism," he wrote Monday. In the clip, a woman's voice narrates what the political action committee believes were Trump's flaws in leadership while handling the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.
“Nearly 10,000 more Americans will die; 90,000 deaths and growing. Millions more will file for unemployment. Small businesses are dying. We’re not testing enough. It’s still spreading,” the narrator says in the video, embedded with Trump's face. “Here’s what else is coming this week. He will lie to you over and over. He will tweet instead of lead. He will blame others for his failures. Welcome to this week and the next week and the next and the next… until you do something about it.”
The novel coronavirus has brought the globe to a screeching halt, infecting more than 4,800,000 across 188 countries and territories and resulting in over 318,000 fatalities as of Tuesday morning. The United States, by far, is the worst-hit country, recording over 1.5 million COVID-19 cases and over 90,000 deaths.
This is barely the first time Ruffalo has taken jabs at the president on Twitter. Earlier this month, he directly addressed Trump and offered advice on how to be a "decent leader" while responding to a tweet that saw the president complain about how the media was covering the Russia investigation.
“Dear @realDonaldTrump, A decent leader would put his attention on those many families and loved ones and mark the importance of their grief and loss. You dishonor these Americans by focusing on your past grievances. Be thoughtful. Just a suggestion. #BePresidential,” he tweeted on May 11. Being a former Bernie Sanders supporter before the Vermont senator dropped out of the race, Ruffalo urged his followers to channel their anger in the right manner by going to the voting booth this November. Of course, this was prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. “One way or another we are going to #KickTrumpsA--,” the actor wrote at the time. “Keep your anger, fear, and love where they belong and we will win. All for one and one for all!”
Nonetheless, social media was quick to pounce on Ruffalo's latest assertions about Trump. "He plays a brilliant scientist, and in reality he is a stupid man," one wrote, referring to his role in the Marvel franchise. "Can we kick mark back to wherever he came from? This thing is tuff to look at and even harder to deal with his brainwashed crying. Also by far, the worst actor in all the avengers movies, terribly," another added.
"Trump Derangement Syndrome from Hollywood entitled - no surprise. They want gun control too while living in their gated communities. Hypocrite," a third commented.