September 11, 2020

Trump Lied About Lying

Did you know there was a press briefing yesterday? After a rather Onanistic opening statement, the first question to our glorious apricot leader was this:

Yes, thank you, Mr. President.  Why did you lie to the American people?  And why should we trust what you have to say now?

The reporter, Jonathan Karl of ABC, was referring to this section of one of Trump's interviews with Bob Woodward:

“You just breathe the air and that’s how it’s passed,” Trump said in a Feb. 7 call. “And so that’s a very tricky one. That’s a very delicate one. It’s also more deadly than even your strenuous flus.”

“This is deadly stuff,” the president repeated for emphasis.

Whereas on February 26, Trump said this to the American people:

You know in many cases when you catch this it is very light — you don’t even know there’s a problem. Sometimes they just get the sniffles, sometimes they just get something where they are not feeling quite right and sometimes they feel really bad but that’s a little bit like the flu. It’s a little like the regular flu that we have flu shots for and we will essentially have a flu shot for this in a fairly quick manner.

He lied. 

His response to Karl's question?

Attack the question and person asking the question:

Such a terrible question and the phraseology...


And your question — the way you phrased that is such a disgrace.  It’s a disgrace to ABC Television Network.  It’s a disgrace to your employer.

Then deflect to something else:

We’ve had flu years where we lost 100,000 people.  The flu is a very serious problem for this country also.

Then blame another country:

Listen, what I went out and said is very simple: I want to show a level of confidence and I want a show strength as a leader, and I want to show that our country is going to be fine, one way or the other.  Whether we lose one person — we shouldn’t lose any, because this shouldn’t have happened.  This is China’s fault.  This is nobody’s fault but China.  China should not have allowed it to happen.

Mix in a few more:

If you look at Nancy Pelosi, you look at Cuomo, you look at de Blasio, you look at Biden, months later, they said there’s no problem — they’re talking about me.  Months later.  And before any statement was made — you have to remember, I put the ban on China.  So, obviously, outwardly I said it’s a very serious problem.  And it’s always a serious problem.  That doesn’t mean I’m going to jump up and down in the air and start saying, “People are going to die!  People are going to die!”  No.  No.  I’m not going to do that.

And then circle back to the beginning: 

We’re going to get through this.  And we’re, right now, I hope — really think we’re going to — we’re rounding the final turn.  And a lot of good things are happening with vaccines and with therapeutics, but there’s no lying.  And the way you ask that question is very disgraceful.

He lied.

190,000+ US Citizens have died from COVID-19. How many would not have had he not lied to the nation? There's blood on his teeny tiny hands.

By the way, that reporter's last question went unanswered. This is it:

But should people trust you now?