Twitter users let out a collective sigh of despair at President Donald Trump’s latest falsehood.
Trump claimed during a White House speech on police reform Tuesday that scientists have “come up with the AIDS vaccine.”
Medical professionals, celebrities, journalists, political commentators and others were quick to fact-check the president’s erroneous claim, reminding him there is currently no vaccine available to prevent people from contracting HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
In response, many of Trump’s critics highlighted his appalling record of telling lies. The Washington Post notes that Trump, as of May 29, had made 19,127 false or misleading claims since his inauguration in January 2017.
“Too bad there isn’t a vaccine for serial liars,” one person responded to the president’s latest fabrication.
Added another: “Fortunately, there is a vaccine for protecting yourself from ignorant, unprepared, emotionally-stunted, racist presidents: Vote.”
— Katie Couric (@katiecouric) June 16, 2020
— Dr. Dena Grayson (@DrDenaGrayson) June 16, 2020
how in the actual hell does the president think there’s a vaccine for AIDS
— Alex Thomas (@AlexThomas) June 16, 2020
Today on “Lying, Bullshitting or Just Plain Dumb?” A public figure just claimed an AIDS vaccine exists.
You get one single guess who said it.
— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) June 16, 2020
Trump just said the scientists came up with the “AIDS vaccine.”
There is no AIDS vaccine.
— Bob Cesca (@bobcesca_go) June 16, 2020
No there is NOT an “AIDS vaccine” @potus in part due to institutionalized bigotry that held back research when the disease was “othered” by a callous administration – a pattern you must break with #covid before even more people die on your watch. pic.twitter.com/0LR1W4IUA2
— Christine Pelosi (@sfpelosi) June 16, 2020
Trump just said that there was an “AIDS vaccine”.
What the actual fuck.
There is no such thing as an AIDS vaccine.#TrumpPressConference
— Holly Figueroa O’Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) June 16, 2020
I got excited when I saw “AIDS Vaccine” trending b/c I thought “finally, something is going right in 2020.”
Then I realized the man who called COVID19 a hoax, refuses adequate testing, & pushes debunked medications now magically invented a vaccine that doesn’t actually exist.
— Qasim Rashid for Congress (@QasimRashid) June 16, 2020
I didn’t even have to check why AIDS vaccine was trending. I immediately knew who said it. This is where we are now.
— Wajahat “Social Distance Yourself” Ali (@WajahatAli) June 16, 2020
Hi, ER Doc here.
Everyone should know that an effective AIDS vaccine does NOT exist.
— Sam Ghali, M.D. (@EM_RESUS) June 16, 2020
Hey Individual number 1 the lies that spew from your mouth every waking second are more unhinged than ever. There is NO vaccine TO prevent AIDS if there was my sister Alexis would be alive.
— ✌🏼rosanna arquette (@RoArquette) June 16, 2020
— Jess Phoenix 🌋 (@jessphoenix2018) June 16, 2020
Donald says the scientists working on a coronavirus vaccine also came up with the AIDS vaccine, so rest assured they definitely won’t brag about it.
— Randy Rainbow (@RandyRainbow) June 16, 2020
There is no AIDS vaccine. HIV and AIDS is still a death sentence for many.
I’m not doing this today with Trump.
— George M Johnson (@IamGMJohnson) June 16, 2020
Fortunately, there is a vaccine for protecting yourself from ignorant, unprepared, emotionally-stunted, racist presidents:
— John Pavlovitz (@johnpavlovitz) June 16, 2020
There is no AIDS vaccine and health care for those with AIDS and HIV remains ludicrously expensive and inaccessible to countless folks who need it
I hope this clarifies the statement just put out by the “President” of the United States.
— Charlotte Clymer 🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) June 16, 2020
Well, now that Trump has let us know there is an AIDS vaccine available, since it did not exist until today when he said it does…I’m sure there is a punchline to this but I can’t think of it because my mouth still hurts from having hit the floor when he said it.
— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) June 16, 2020
Just to be clear, there is not an AIDS vaccine.
— Niels Lesniewski (@nielslesniewski) June 16, 2020
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