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Donald Trump Jr. claims U.S. COVID deaths are 'almost nothing' on day over 1,000 people die

Donald Trump Jr. appeared on The Ingraham Angle Thursday night where he made a wildly incorrect claim about coronavirus deaths in the United States. While blasting Minnesota Governor Tim Walz and Attorney General Keith Ellison for capping attendance at President Trump’s upcoming Minnesota rally at 250 people, which is in line with the state’s COVID-19 guidelines, Don Jr. claimed that deaths in the U.S. due to COVID-19 are down to almost nothing.

“If you look—I put it up on my Instagram a couple days ago ‘cause I went through the CDC data because I kept hearing about new infections,” Don Jr. said. “But I was like ‘Why aren’t they talking about deaths? Oh, oh, because the number is almost nothing.’”

Don Jr. went on to tout therapeutics, the most prevalent of which is Remdesivir, which is only being used in the most severe cases, and was shown in a recent study of 11,000 people in 30 countries to not prevent death from COVID-19. He also claimed that the U.S. has the coronavirus under control, despite mounting evidence to the contrary, like the U.S. setting a record for new cases in a single day on the very same day. Not to mention things have gotten so bad in El Paso, Texas, that the city just ordered a two-week shutdown of non-essential services, and Wisconsin is now running low on available ICU beds.

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Donald Trump Jr. gestures to the crowd during a "Make America Great Again!" event in Washington, Mich., Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. (Daniel Mears/Detroit News via AP)

Donald Trump Jr. reacts during a "Make America Great Again!" event in Washington, Mich., Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. (Daniel Mears/Detroit News via AP)

NEW YORK, USA - OCTOBER 18: Donald Trump Jr., son of the US President Donald Trump attends a book signing at Marriot Hotel to promote his book "Liberal Privilege"in Long Island, New York, United States on October 18, 2020. (Photo by Lokman Vural Elibol/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

NEW YORK, USA - OCTOBER 18: Donald Trump Jr., son of the US President Donald Trump attends a book signing at Marriot Hotel to promote his book "Liberal Privilege"in Long Island, New York, United States on October 18, 2020. (Photo by Lokman Vural Elibol/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

NEW YORK, USA - OCTOBER 18: Donald Trump Jr., son of the US President Donald Trump attends a book signing at Marriot Hotel to promote his book "Liberal Privilege"in Long Island, New York, United States on October 18, 2020. (Photo by Lokman Vural Elibol/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

ORLANDO, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES - 2020/10/11: Donald Trump Jr speaks during a rain shower to an audience wearing ponchos at a Fighters Against Socialism campaign rally in support of his father, U.S. President Donald Trump. UFC fighter Jorge Masvidal also spoke at the event. (Photo by Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

NEW YORK, USA - OCTOBER 18: Donald Trump Jr., son of the US President Donald Trump attends a book signing at Marriot Hotel to promote his book "Liberal Privilege"in Long Island, New York, United States on October 18, 2020. (Photo by Lokman Vural Elibol/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

ORLANDO, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES - 2020/10/11: Donald Trump Jr speaks during a rain shower to an audience wearing ponchos at a Fighters Against Socialism campaign rally in support of his father, U.S. President Donald Trump. UFC fighter Jorge Masvidal also spoke at the event. (Photo by Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Donald Trump Jr. arrives before US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump board Air Force One, departing from Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on September 29, 2020. - President Trump is heading to Cleveland, Ohio for the first of three presidential debates. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

CLEVELAND, OHIO - SEPTEMBER 29: President Trump's sons Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump arrive at the presidential debate between Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden at the Health Education Campus of Case Western Reserve University on September 29, 2020 in Cleveland, Ohio. This is the first of three planned debates between the two candidates in the lead up to the election on November 3. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

SMITHVILLE, NJ - SEPTEMBER 22: Donald Trump Jr. visits The Smithville Inn for a GOP fund raiser on September 22, 2020 in Smithville, Galloway Township, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/WireImage)

SMITHVILLE, NJ - SEPTEMBER 22: Kimberly Guilfoyle and Donald Trump Jr. visit The Smithville Inn for a GOP fund raiser on September 22, 2020 in Smithville, Galloway Township, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/WireImage)

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Donald Trump Jr. speaks during the first day of the Republican convention at the Mellon auditorium on August 24, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Olivier DOULIERY / AFP) (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 24: Donald Trump Jr. pre-records his address to the Republican National Convention at the Mellon Auditorium on August 24, 2020 in Washington, DC. The novel coronavirus pandemic has forced the Republican Party to move away from an in-person convention to a televised format, similar to the Democratic Party's convention a week earlier. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 24: Wearing a face mask to reduce the risk of transmission of the novel coronavirus, Donald Trump Jr. (R) watches his girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle as she pre-records her address to the Republican National Convention at the Mellon Auditorium on August 24, 2020 in Washington, DC. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the Republican Party to move away from an in-person convention to a televised format, similar to the Democratic Party's convention a week earlier. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Donald Trump Jr. speaks during a Students for Trump event at the Dream City Church in Phoenix, Arizona, June 23, 2020. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

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Kimberly Guilfoyle and Donald Trump Jr. speak at a press conference in Des Moines, Iowa, U.S., February 3, 2020. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Donald Trump Jr. appears at a press conference in Des Moines, Iowa, U.S., February 3, 2020. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Donald Trump Jr., son of U.S. President Donald Trump, and Kimberly Guifoyle listen during a campaign rally in Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S., August 1, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis

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“We’ve gotten control of this thing,” Don Jr. said. “We understand how it works, they have the therapeutics to be able to deal with this. If you look at that—look at my Instagram—it’s gone to almost nothing. We’re outperforming Europe in a positive way, so well because we’ve gotten ahold of this.”

Then Don Jr. went on to repeat the falsehood that the number of cases are only going up because testing is up, ignoring the fact that positivity rates continue to rise across the country.

“Rising case numbers are because they’re testing more,” Don Jr. said. “So, I mean, they don’t talk about that either.”

The Ingraham Angle airs weeknights at 10 p.m. on Fox News Channel.

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