NBC host Chuck Todd wants to know if President Trump has “blood on his hands” regarding the coronavirus and the more than 2,600 Americans that have died to it over the past three months.
So, as the Daily Wire reports, Todd asked that very question during an interview with Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden.
“Do you think there is blood on the president’s hands considering the slow response?” Todd asked during a segment on “Meet the Press.” “Or is that too harsh of a criticism?”
“I think that’s a little too harsh,” Biden said in response. “I think he should stop thinking out loud and start thinking deeply.”
“He should listen to health experts. He should listen to his economists,” the former vice president added.
What should that say about the question if even Biden, the man who will likely run against the president this November, says the criticism is “too harsh?”
GOP rapid response director Steve Guest said Todd was “completely unhinged” for asking the question, adding: “When Chuck Todd’s attacks on @realDonaldTrump are too much for even Biden, you got a problem.”
NBC's Chuck Todd is COMPLETELY UNHINGED this morning.
Chuck Todd: "Do you think there is blood on the President's hands?"
Joe Biden: "I think that's a little too harsh."
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) March 29, 2020
The Hill media reporter Joe Concha similarly criticized Todd over the question, saying previous “Meet the Press” host Tim Russet “would never ask a question like this.”
“Even Joe Biden didn’t take the bait to assist in a viral moment attempt,” Concha continued. “Chuck Todd served as a moderator of an NBC News debate on Feb 19, which was more than two weeks after President Trump suspended travel from China.”
“Number of questions Todd asked any of the candidates about Coronavirus? Zero,” the reporter added.
Tim Russert would never ask a question like this. Even Joe Biden didn’t take the bait to assist in a viral moment attempt. https://t.co/yxyWgk09Xq
— Joe Concha (@JoeConchaTV) March 29, 2020
Turning Point USA chief creative officer Benny Johnson described the segment as “infuriating, rage-inducing media gaslighting.”
Johnson also pointed out that Trump acted in January to combat the spread of the coronavirus, banning travel from China.
Infuriating, Rage-inducing media gaslighting:
Chuck Todd asks if Trump has “blood” on his hands for “slow Coronavirus response”
In Jan. Trump was banning China travel, creating China Virus task force, media was calling him racist & frothing Impeachment
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) March 29, 2020
Here are a couple more responses per the Daily Wire:
Chuck should be embarrassed for even asking such a question. Just another reminder why the media polls worse than the virus.
— Seizer Pouncicus (@TastyKAR) March 29, 2020
Chuck needs to try and become a journalist, Tim Russert is rolling over in his grave
— Irish Shell (@shellymarmie) March 29, 2020