'Failure': Lincoln Project Video Shows Trump's COVID Response by Timeline of Surging Cases, Deaths

The Lincoln Project released a new video Thursday that calls President Donald Trump's response to the coronavirus outbreak a "failure" by showing a timeline of increasing cases and deaths throughout the U.S.

The video begins by showing Trump's initial response to the novel virus on January 22, when the nation had only one confirmed case.

"We have it totally under control," Trump said in an interview, shown in the video. "One person coming in from China, it's gonna be just fine."

The video continues by showing a timeline of dates and how the virus continued to spread.

By February 4, there were 11 confirmed cases of the virus, and the video shows a clip of Trump saying, "My administration will take all necessary steps to safeguard our citizens from this threat."

The video then shows February 23, when cases increased to 44, and a clip of Trump saying, "We have it very much under control."

On February 29, the video shows a clip of Trump saying, "Unfortunately, one person passed away overnight," as the number of cases and deaths increase in the top-right corner.

As the video's timeline moves into March, it shows a clip of Trump speaking at a coronavirus task force briefing at the White House, where he says, "It's something that we have tremendous control over," as cases reach over 30,000 and fatalities surpass 500.

By April, the number of cases was over 400,000, with more than 20,000 deaths. The video shows a clip of Trump speaking about the decision by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to tell Americans to wear protective face masks to help curb the virus's spread.

"The CDC is advising the use of nonmedical cloth face coverings," Trump said while speaking at a press briefing at the White House. "So it's voluntary, you don't have to do it."

On May 11, the video shows the nation has over 1.4 million virus cases and 82,000 deaths, with a clip of Trump saying, "We have met the moment, and we have prevailed."

The video continues to show cases and deaths are increasing, while featuring in the background Trump's comments and response to the outbreak.

"We show cases, 99 percent of which are totally harmless," Trump says as the video shows the date of July 4, with over 2.8 million confirmed cases and 123,000 deaths.

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President Donald Trump speaks after meeting with youth baseball players on the White House's South Lawn on July 23. Drew Angerer/Getty

The video ends on the date of July 21 and shows Trump saying that "it will probably, unfortunately, get worse before it gets better. That's the way it is," while the nation has reached 3.9 million cases and 142,000 deaths.

After Newsweek reached out to the Trump campaign for comment, it emailed a response from Erin Perrine, director of press communications. She said,"This is the swamp, yet again, trying to take down the duly elected president of the United States. President Trump is the leader of a united Republican Party, where he has earned 94 percent of Republican votes during the primaries, something any former president of any party could only dream of."

Newsweek reached out to the Lincoln Project for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.