The US president came under fire from the singer after speaking an event hosted by ABC News in Philadelphia on Tuesday night, where he said: “Sure, over a period of time. Sure, with time it goes away. And you’ll develop – you’ll develop herd – like a herd mentality.
“It’s going to be – it’s going to be herd-developed, and that’s going to happen. That will all happen. But with a vaccine, I think it will go away very quickly.”
Sharing a news article about Trump’s comments on Twitter, Cher urged her fellow US citizens to protect themselves and ensure they vote in the upcoming election.
She tweeted: “Seems 200,000 dead isn’t enough carnage, misery... for Trump.
“We must protect ourselves and those who will surely [die].”
Cher continued: “Trump wants to use ‘herd immunity’ as a treatment for Covid. This means no one tries to protect themselves in any way. Everything opens like before Covid. Likely [the number] of [Americans] dead = 6.4 million. Rosy picture.
“Must wear masks, social distance, even gloves if he tries ’herd immunity.”
She added: “Must vote and live.”
However, the White House has insisted Trump was not endorsing herd immunity as a solution to the pandemic with his comments.
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said the notion he did was something “cooked up” by the media.
“Herd immunity has never been a strategy here at the White House. President was noting herd immunity [develops] over a period of time,” she said.