For a president that likes to cry about ‘fake news’ all the time, Donald Trump certainly has a penchant for lying. And it’s infuriating to have to listen to the president lie to the American people amid the raging coronavirus pandemic. And while nearly two hundred thousand Americans have died from COVID-19 on his watch, Trump claimed during a press briefing on Friday that a vaccine is currently in the works, and somehow called it “successful” and alleged that it will save “millions of lives” in the U.S.
And of course, Trump used his press briefing to dig at Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. Trump claimed that Biden is promoting “anti-vaccine theories” and claimed he’s “putting a lot of lives at risk” for “political reasons.”
And that’s not true at all. Biden has expressed that he believes that Trump’s word on vaccines can’t be trusted but has said that people should take a vaccine if it’s endorsed by scientists in general and coronavirus task force member Dr. Anthony Fauci in particular.
Trump’s claim prompted MSNBC’s Ayman Mohyeldin to cut away from the briefing for a reality check.
“Obviously there’s no evidence of that — that is not true,” Mohyeldin said.
MSNBC has done this before. Anchor Nicolle Wallace cut away from a press briefing some time ago to say, “We hate to do this, but the president isn’t telling the truth … what Trump appears to be trying to do is to turn his own impeachment into a big deflection.”
And that needs to happen every single time this president lies to the American people. We’re all suffering through a number of national crises. Still, this president is so desperate to cling onto power that he tosses out lies instead of being direct with the very people he’s supposed to represent. And let’s be frank here, this president may not be capable of telling the truth. Certainly, Donald J. Trump has been at war with the truth for years, long before he ever took office.
I’m not sure why Trump supporters are OK with being lied to. I suppose I’d need a degree in psychology to ever understand that.
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