The Media And Democrats Downplayed Coronavirus Concerns Far More Than Trump

While the media rewrites history because of the Bob Woodward tapes, claiming President Trump ‘knew and did nothing’ to protect Americans from the pandemic, their own words and those of their favorite political party have betrayed them. trump downplayed coronavirus

The President’s role as a leader requires him to make public statements that quell the panic. It’s a relatively understood tactic for America’s leader.

Anyone recall Barack Obama telling the American people that ISIS had been “contained” one day before they killed over 130 people in Paris? Was there a single media outlet that blamed him for knowing and doing nothing? Of course not.

That said, Trump stands accused of telling Woodward on February 7th that the COVID pandemic was “more deadly than your, you know, your — even your strenuous flus,” while telling him a month later that he “wanted to always play it down … because I don’t want to create a panic.”

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Most people understood why the President would make such comments. But the media and the Democrat party aren’t most people. They’ve seized on the opportunity to accuse Trump of downplaying the crisis and doing nothing to stop it.

One accusation is hypocritical, while the other is simply false.

The media is lying when they say @realDonaldTrump ‘knew and did nothing.’

The media is a dying industry in this country, and false narratives like this are exactly why they are the enemy of the American people.

Don’t let the enemy win. Vote for Trump!

— Rusty Weiss ?? (@rustyweiss74) September 10, 2020


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Hypocrisy comes in the form of the mainstream media and their keepers – the Democrat party – criticizing President Trump of downplaying the threat of the virus to the American people.

Nobody did this more than they did. Yet they have the gall to pretend as if they knew all along how bad things were going to get, sanctimoniously pointing accusatory fingers at the President for having blood on his hands.

  • The Washington Post said the flu is “much bigger threat than coronavirus.”
  • In another Washington Post ‘perspective‘ piece, they suggest our brains are actually making coronavirus “seem scarier than it is.”
  • The Post also ran a column warning against an aggressive government response to the pandemic.
  • The New York Times claimed that fear “spreads faster than the coronavirus itself.”
  • CNN declared that “racist assaults and ignorant attacks against Asians” were spreading faster than the pandemic.
  • CNN’s Anderson Cooper: “Half the people in America do not get a flu shot, and the flu is far deadlier. So if you’re freaked out at all about coronavirus, you should be more concerned about the flu and actually do something about it, which is get a flu shot.”
  • CNN hosted a doctor who claimed no special precautions were in order because Americans should do “what you do every cold and flu season.”
  • CNN ran a segment citing physicians who said “there’s no need to wear surgical masks … when treating viruses.”
  • Vox tweeted a question asking, “Is this going to be a deadly pandemic?” before answering, “No.”

Vox: “factual, reliable, clear journalism is more important than ever.”

Also Vox: “Is this going to be a deadly pandemic? No.”

— (@balajis) April 9, 2020


Democrat lawmakers weren’t much better as they also went out of their way to downplay the threat in the United States.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told people to leave their concerns behind and head on down to San Francisco’s Chinatown in late February.

“What we’re trying to do today is to say everything is fine here,” Pelosi said. “Come because precautions have been taken. The city is on top of the situation.”

February 24: The Trump Administration sent a letter to Congress requesting at least $2.5 billion to help combat the spread of the coronavirus.

Incidentally, this is the same day @SpeakerPelosi was telling constituents to come down to Chinatown.

— Rusty Weiss ?? (@rustyweiss74) September 10, 2020


New York City mayor Bill de Blasio was telling people to “go on with your lives” and hit the movie theaters despite the threat.

This was the day after @NYCMayor told New Yorkers to go to the movies, even offering recommendations.

NY had it’s first confirmed case of COVID on the same day de Blasio told people to hit theaters.

— Rusty Weiss ?? (@rustyweiss74) September 10, 2020

Following the President’s implementation of a travel ban from China, Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden vociferously objected, calling the move xenophobic.

We are in the midst of a crisis with the coronavirus. We need to lead the way with science — not Donald Trump’s record of hysteria, xenophobia, and fear-mongering. He is the worst possible person to lead our country through a global health emergency.

— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) February 1, 2020


Trump Did Quite a Bit

The second part of the media narrative is to suggest President Trump did nothing to stop the spread – a provable, bald-faced lie.

Unserious journalists make that accusation based simply on the President having told Woodward on March 19th that he “still like(s) playing it down.”

His administration’s actions up until that date show a man taking definitive action behind the scenes.

By the date in question, President Trump and his administration had:

  • The CDC established a coronavirus incident management system to better share and respond to information about the virus.
  • Dr. Fauci announced the National Institutes of Health was working on the development of a vaccine for the coronavirus.
  • The White House Coronavirus Task Force started meeting to help monitor and contain the spread of the virus and provide updates to the President.
  • Declared the coronavirus a public health emergency.
  • Announced Chinese travel restrictions, followed by more from other hotspots such as Italy or the UK.
  • President Trump vowed in his State of the Union Address to “take all necessary steps” to protect Americans from the coronavirus.
  • The CDC began shipping CDC-Developed test kits for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus to U.S. and international labs.
  • Trump signed an $8.3 billion bill to fight the coronavirus outbreak.
  • Trump declared a national emergency in order to access $42 billion in existing funds to combat the coronavirus.

What had the Democrats and the media focused on during that time? Impeachment. And any other coverage that would reflect poorly on the President.

They have no interest in protecting the American people. President Trump did. He took action. And that is the only thing that matters.

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