Wednesday night President Donald Trump called in to Sean Hannity’s Fox News show and falsely claimed that Americans with coronavirus are going to work and getting better.
Now he’s lying about what he said, and blaming “MSDNC” – how he disparagingly refers to MSNBC – along with “the Democrats” for “Fake News and disinformation,” when he’s the one literally spreading dangerous fake news and disinformation.
I NEVER said people that are feeling sick should go to work. This is just more Fake News and disinformation put out by the Democrats, in particular MSDNC. Comcast covers the CoronaVirus situation horribly, only looking to do harm to the incredible & successful effort being made!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 5, 2020
Here’s what Trump said on “Hannity,” as NCRM reported overnight.
“So we have thousands or hundreds of thousands of people that just get better, by, you know, sitting around and even going to work – some of ’em go to work – but they get better.”
Taking Trump’s words at face value, he not only is saying people with coronavirus are going to work and getting better, he’s literally saying people with coronavirus “get better” by “going to work.”
Here’s the video:
In this clip, Trump:
1. Denies WHO’s coronavirus death rate based on “hunch”
2. Calls coronavirus “corona flu”
3. Suggests it’s fine for people w/ Covid-19 to go to work
4. Compares coronavirus to “the regular flu,” indicating he doesn’t get the difference pic.twitter.com/uC9c03zX31
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 5, 2020
Earlier Thursday on MSNBC White House reporter for the Washington Post, and MSNBC and NBC News senior political analyst Ashley Parker commented on Trump’s dangerous coronavirus falsehoods, calling him “patient zero for misinformation.”
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Trump Says ‘Unlikable’ Kamala Harris Is ‘a Communist’ and a ‘Monster’ in Off-the-Rails Fox Interview
President Donald Trump says Democratic U.S. Senator and Vice Presidential nominee Kamala Harris is “unlikable,” a “Communist,” and a “monster.”
“I thought that wasn’t even a contest last night,” Trump told Fox News Business host Maria Bartiromo in a phone interview Thursday morning, after the vice presidential debate. “She was terrible. She was. I don’t think you could get worse and totally unlikable, and she is. She’s a Communist, she’s left of Bernie. She’s rated left of Bernie by everybody,” Trump rattled on, referring to U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT).
“She’s a Communist,” the president repeated in the wild, off-the-rails interview.
“We’re gonna have a Communist? And she’s going to be in it, in my opinion within a month,” he said, appearing to claim she will be president soon. “Look I sit next to Joe and I looked at Joe. Joe’s not lasting two months as President. Okay, that’s my opinion.”
“No, she’s a communist. She’s not a socialist she’s well beyond a socialist take a look at her views. She wants to open up the borders to allow killers and murderers and rapists to pour into our country,” he said, which is a lie.
Trump then almost reprised his original campaign announcement.
“It’s hard to get into our country and when we do have people in our country that are bad I throw them out. We’re throwing out thousands, tens of thousands of people and they’re murderers, and rapists.
"She's a communist," Trump says of Kamala Harris, adding without a shred of irony that "Biden won't make it two months as president" pic.twitter.com/DpwtPh6NSF
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 8, 2020
Later in the interview President Trump called Senator Harris a “monster.”
Trump refers to Kamala Harris as "this monster" pic.twitter.com/hcnUpV8PBf
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 8, 2020
This article has been updated to include references to Trump calling Harris a “monster.”
‘I Didn’t Lie’ Trump Says When Reporter Asks Why He’s Been Lying for Months About Coronavirus – ‘That’s the Answer’
President Donald Trump told reporters he did not lie about the coronavirus despite lying to the American people for months. In a series of 18 recorded interviews President Donald Trump in January and February told Watergate reporter Bob Woodward he knew how deadly the coronavirus was, while publicly downplaying its danger.
“Why did you lie to the American people and why should we trust what you have to say now?” ABC News’ Jonathan Karl asked Trump.
“Terrible question, and the phraseology. I didn’t lie,” Trump said, lying. “What I said is we have to be calm, we can’t be panicked.”
“I knew that the tapes were there,” the the president continued, “these were a series of phone calls that we had mostly phone calls, and Bob Woodward is somebody that I respect just from hearing the name for many many years, not knowing too much about his work and not caring about his work, but I thought it would be interesting to talk to him for a period of you know calls. So we did that. I don’t know if it’s good or bad, I don’t even know if the book is good or bad, but certainly if he thought that was a bad statement, he would have reported it because he thinks that you know you don’t want to have anybody that is going to suffer medically because of some fact, and he didn’t report it because he didn’t think it was bad. Nobody thought it was bad, and your question, the way you phrase that is such a disgrace it’s a disgrace to ABC Television Network, it’s a disgrace to your employer. And that’s the answer are you ready, because I love.”
REPORTER: Why did you lie to the American people and why should we trust what you have to say —
TRUMP: That's a terrible question and the phraseology. I didn't lie. What I said, we have to be calm. pic.twitter.com/TZrvRa5fpU
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 10, 2020
‘Running a White Power Message’: Trump Destroyed Over Racist Tweet Proving ‘I Don’t Want to Create a Panic’ Is a Lie
President Donald Trump on Wednesday appeared amazingly unaware that Bob Woodward had released audio from their 18 hours of interviews, but seized on the only defense available when a reporter handed it to him at a press conference.
The right wing echo chamber immediately upgraded to the new talking point: Trump lied about the deadly dangers of the coronavirus because he didn’t want to create panic.
“I wanted to always play it down,” Trump told Woodward in March. “I still like playing it down, because I don’t want to create a panic.”
Trump’s entire campaign, as former Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill said Wednesday evening, is about creating fear and panic.
“He is running a campaign based on fear and panic. All he campaigns on is that the suburbs have to be scared to death of Black people moving in, or that they have to be scared to death of riots in the city, that there’s carnage on the streets. He is all about fear in his campaign.”
It took less than a day for the President to prove his claim he didn’t want to create panic was a lie.
“The Democrats never even mentioned the words LAW & ORDER at their National Convention. That’s where they are coming from. If I don’t win, America’s Suburbs will be OVERRUN with Low Income Projects, Anarchists, Agitators, Looters and, of course, ‘Friendly Protesters,'” he said epithetically Thursday morning in a racist 1950’s fear-mongering tweet.
It’s almost as if he was telegraphing McCaskill’s condemnation and twisting it into as tweet.
So much for not wanting to panic people.
The Internet rose up in anger and mockery.
he’s begging us not to panic so please calm down everyone https://t.co/yYiy3OQf9W
— George Conway (@gtconway3d) September 10, 2020
All those, on left and right, who claimed Trump won by appealing to the #economicanxiety of working-class voters need to explain why he constantly conflates “low income” Americans with “Anarchists, Agitators, Looters”? https://t.co/wE5E8iHaAi
— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) September 10, 2020
The president cares deeply about preventing public fear and panic. https://t.co/EAbrhW9siE
— David French (@DavidAFrench) September 10, 2020
“If I don’t win, white folks might have to live next to Black and brown people” is a rather desperate threat https://t.co/WAY9sOhh3O
— rabia O’chaudry (@rabiasquared) September 10, 2020
This is the man who lied to us and killed 200,000 Americans because he “wanted to avoid a panic.” https://t.co/mcDO5aXUbx
— Patrick S. Tomlinson (@stealthygeek) September 10, 2020
A lot of people are taking the “don’t panic” explanation at pure face value when this is what the Twitter feed has looked like for a decade https://t.co/LoaVdvEZlf
— Benjy Sarlin (@BenjySarlin) September 10, 2020
“OVERRUN with Low Income Projects” means “I’m signaling to my racist supporters just how much I have their backs.”
Actually, does it even count as signaling when it’s this thinly veiled? https://t.co/FiCE7EgI7s
— Yonathan Reches (@YonathanReches) September 10, 2020
— Gillian Brockell (@gbrockell) September 10, 2020
Trump is running a white power message. It’s still largely considered impolite to acknowledge that. https://t.co/WlTfXm72mx
— Susan J. Demas 🏔 (@sjdemas) September 10, 2020
Democrats want to murder your family. Calm, no panic! https://t.co/wHdh5ENTO6
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 10, 2020
look guys he’s all about keeping calm and not making people panic, why don’t you understand that? https://t.co/KQDXrSliKn
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) September 10, 2020
So good at projecting calm, he’s basically FDR. https://t.co/uxVZTgmEX2
— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) September 10, 2020
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