Many on the left and so-called journalists for the mainstream media insist that U.S. President Donald Trump referred to the new coronavirus as a “hoax.” This is not true.
What is true during a Feb. 28, 2020, campaign rally in South Carolina, President Trump compared the Democrats’ criticism of his administration’s response to the new coronavirus outbreak to their efforts to impeach him, saying “this is their new hoax.”
Despite that, anyone anti-Trump, mainstream news outlets, famous leftist personalities, as well as practically every Democrat, in the United States reported that he did call the Coronavirus a hoax, including syndicated columnist Dana Milbank, who tweeted:
Politico irresponsibly ran a story headlined “Trump rallies his base to treat coronavirus as a ‘hoax.’” And in an article headlined “Trump calls coronavirus Democrats’ ‘new hoax,’” NBC News correspondent Lauren Egan wrote: “President Donald Trump accused Democrats of ‘politicizing’ the deadly coronavirus during a campaign rally here on Friday, claiming that the outbreak is ‘their new hoax’ as he continued to downplay the risk in the U.S.”
So to put it simply, President Trump did not say that the virus itself was a hoax. He instead said that Democrats’ criticism of his administration’s response to it was a hoax.
Here’s what he actually said:
Now the Democrats are politicizing the coronavirus. You know that, right? Coronavirus. They’re politicizing it. We did one of the great jobs. You say, ‘How’s President Trump doing?’ They go, ‘Oh, not good, not good.’ They have no clue. They don’t have any clue. They can’t even count their votes in Iowa, they can’t even count. No they can’t. They can’t count their votes.
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. They couldn’t do it. They tried the impeachment hoax. That was on a perfect conversation. They tried anything, they tried it over and over, they’ve been doing it since you got in. It’s all turning, they lost, it’s all turning. Think of it. Think of it. And this is their new hoax. But you know, we did something that’s been pretty amazing. We’re 15 people [cases of coronavirus infection] in this massive country. And because of the fact that we went early, we went early, we could have had a lot more than that.
Facts matter people.
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