Actress Alyssa Milano said the Republican Party "should be tried for treason” and referred to Joe Biden as America’s “only hope.”
Trump knew the virus was deadly when he called it "the Democrat's new hoax." He politicized a fucking pandemic because he knew taking it seriously would mean closing down the economy which would hurt his rich friends. We must elect Joe Biden. He is our only hope. #BuildBackBetter— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) September 9, 2020
Milano’s tweet was presumably in reference to recently released excerpts from a book written by Bob Woodward that included a comment from the president about the coronavirus that he "wanted to always play it [the virus] down.”
Trump defended his statement by arguing that he both took the virus seriously and didn’t want to incite panic.
"I'm the leader of the country. I can't be jumping up and down and scaring people," Trump told Fox News’s Sean Hannity. "I don't want to scare people. I want people not to panic, and that's exactly what I did."
Milano continued her critique of the president on Thursday, blaming him for the economic devastation and lockdowns stemming from the pandemic.