Mainstream media is reporting that President Trump called the outbreak of the coronavirus a “hoax” during a campaign rally in South Carolina.
“Remember this moment: Trump, in South Carolina, just called the coronavirus a ‘hoax,'” Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank tweeted.
Remember this moment: Trump, in South Carolina, just called the coronavirus a "hoax."
— Dana Milbank (@Milbank) February 29, 2020
And several other outlets followed suit.
“Trump rallies his base to treat coronavirus as a ‘hoax,'” Politico reported in one of their headlines.
“Trump calls coronavirus Democrats’ ‘new hoax,'” NBC News added, getting closer to the truth.
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Local paper vs CIA Ken
Two movies one screen pic.twitter.com/0bdkGf7Lew
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) February 29, 2020
Several news outlets tried to do the same thing with their headlines. Trump says some ridiculous and conspiratorial things, but common sense should lead someone to realize he’s not going to call an active virus he just created a task force for a hoax. So why lie? pic.twitter.com/IaYzUiooX1
— (((AG))) (@AGHamilton29) February 29, 2020
Why would President Trump call the coronavirus a hoax if he just created a crisis emergency response team for it? Or if he’s asking Congress for funds to combat it and help protect Americans?
As BizPac Review reports, Trump did not call the coronavirus a “hoax” but Democrats’ attempts to politicize it in an attempt to harm him.
“Democrats are politicizing the coronavirus,” Trump said at the campaign rally in Charleston, before commenting that Democrats failed with the Russian hoax so they were moving on.
“One of my people came up to me and said, Mr. President, they tried to beat you on Russia, Russia, Russia — that didn’t work out too well,” the president said. “They couldn’t do it.”
“They tried the impeachment hoax. That was a perfect conversation. They tried anything. They tried it over and over again. They’ve been doing it since you got in. It’s all turning. They lost. And this is their new hoax,” he continued.
Desperation. The normal stuff didn't work for them. They feel they need to make a stronger case to get people to hate him. These lies are so blatant and easily countered they hurt the publishers, but the publisher don't seem to care. I doubt they even get many clicks.
— Robert (@Ruhroe) February 29, 2020
As BizPac Review reports, the Trump administration has been on top of the coronavirus since day one. OMB Director Mick Mulvaney said on Friday that the Trump administration even held a congressional briefing to inform its members of the virus six weeks ago.
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Speaking with economist Stephen Moore at the Conservative Political Action Committee this Friday, Moore described the coronavirus outrage as the “hoax of the day” and pointed to how the administration had been pursuing prevention methods long before either congressional Democrats or their media allies began screeching about it.
“My first meeting with Congress, face-to-face, was probably six weeks ago on coronavirus. … We take the medical experts down, we put them in front of Congress five, six weeks ago. Five senators show up. Ten, fifteen members of the House of Representatives show up. We were way ahead [of the issue],” he said.
“Just who was asleep, right?” Moore responded.
“Several weeks ago, we put restrictions on travelers coming in from China. We were accused by some on the left of being racist for doing that. I’m not making that up. That was in the press. This was an anti-Asian policy that we’re doing this,” Mulvaney added.