Cher calls Trump liar, murderer over coronavirus response, then deletes tweet and apologizes: ‘I went too far’
Cher, on Friday, slammed President Donald Trump on Twitter, calling him "a cancer ravaging our nation." However, she later deleted the tweet, saying she went "too far." The singer, last week, had demanded that the Republican leader step down before he ends up killing thousands of people in the United States. Cher also declared Trump a "murderer" in her tweets in reference to his much-criticized response amid the coronavirus crisis.
The pop icon said that the president has access to all the necessary amenities and equipment required to battle the coronavirus and save lives. She also proceeded to call him a liar.
"Trump has access to every mask, shield, gown, glove, bed, ventilator, respirator, test kit, national guardsman, soldier from army corps of engineers, nurses, doctors, techs, first responders needed to save the lives of coronavirus patients and caregivers," Cher wrote in her tweet. “Trump is a liar and murderer. Open your eyes."
The singer later deleted her tweet, saying she rarely deletes her tweet, but this time she went too far.
"Rarely delete tweets, but sometimes my passion for (America) and Trump’s lack of empathy, emotion, intelligence, caring and his penchant for cruelty 'children locked in camps forever' states begging him for supplies and him saying, 'we're not shipping clerks' is last straw. But I went too far and am truly sorry," she wrote.
Cher is the latest celebrity to denounce Trump's handling of the coronavirus outbreak in the country. Actor John Cusack also disapproved of Trump's handling of the crisis as he took to Twitter on Friday to slam his reaction during the press conference when NBC News reporter Peter Alexander asked the president some tough questions. Cusack shared a clip of the tense exchange between the two in the White House on Twitter, saying: "Rot in hell - Mr. President." The actor also suggested that Trump's response was "unreal."
When Alexander asked Trump about what his message would be to Americans who are frightened by the coronavirus pandemic, the president blasted the reporter in response, saying: "You are a terrible reporter."
The president's response received widespread backlash on social media, with even filmmaker Rob Reiner weighed in on the exchange. "When Trump was asked by NBC’s Peter Alexander what he would say to people who are scared right now, he exhibited his severe mental instability and scared US all s**tless," the filmmaker tweeted.
Comedian and co-host of ABC's 'The View' Whoopi Goldberg also criticized President Donald Trump's response as a leader to the coronavirus pandemic.
Goldberg during a conversation with her co-hosts about the government response to the swiftly-spreading coronavirus said that the country currently does not have the leadership that is required to tackle such a grave situation.
"The interesting thing about all of this is whatever channel you’re watching, you’re still watching from home, you’re watching from inside your house because a pandemic has happened, and you are stuck, and whatever side you’re on, you understand that when you have leadership, you would not be stuck in your house," Goldberg, who has been a staunch critic of President Trump, said.
The coronavirus pandemic has taken over 300 lives and has infected more than 24,000 people within days, with most cases being reported in New York. Trump on Friday declared New York State a major disaster area as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases continued to skyrocket in the region. New York City is currently considered the epicenter of the outbreak in the area. The deadly viral infection, COVID-19, has claimed nearly 12,000 lives across the world, with a total infections of over 300,000 and increasing.