FACTS

    According to Rage, a new book by award-winning author and journalist Bob Woodward, President Trump told him in a March interview that he has continually downplayed the virus, saying, “I don’t want to create a panic” and admitting, “This is deadly stuff.”

    RIGHT

    The Right is mixed in their stance. Ohio Sen. Rob Portman noted, “Could we all have done things differently? Yes, including Congress. We were all a little slow to recognize the severity.” One article read:

    “Trump’s repeated statements at the outset of the pandemic that ‘we have it under control’ are fairly typical of any leader confronting a situation he or she might not be able to control. His concern about not creating a panic is also reasonable and common enough. His lapse is failing to say consistently from the very beginning, ‘This could be bad, and we should prepare for the worst.'”

    Rich Lowry, political analyst and Editor of National Review

    The American Conservative‘s Rob Dreher said it is “damned hard to forgive” Trump for not relaying the seriousness of Covid to the American people, but argues that based on the responses and corresponding numbers from around the world, it wouldn’t have made much difference. Others, again, point to the Left’s hypocrisy.

    LEFT

    The Left believes Trump is responsible for the state of our nation:

    “Nearly 200,000 people in the United States have already died, and hundreds of thousands more have suffered grave illness — often followed by a slow, hard recovery and, in some cases, permanent disability. Tens of millions of people have lost their jobs, and millions are on the cusp of losing their homes. School systems and elder care networks are struggling to function. The economy is in tatters.”

    The New York Times Editorial Board

    Democratic Senate Leader Chuck Schumer asked, “How many people would be alive today if he just told Americans the truth?” Joe Biden accused Trump of betraying and lying to the American people, and Slate‘s Senior Editor Jeremy Stahl agrees that he deliberately did so. It was argued that Trump’s claims of wanting to prevent panic are ludicrous: “[Trump’s] running on fear.” However, in an interview on Wednesday, top infectious disease specialist Dr. Anthony Fauci stated, “Often he would want to, you know, make sure that the country doesn’t get down and out about things, but I don’t recall anything that was any gross distortion in things that I spoke to him about.”

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