During an interview on CNN on Wednesday, Vice President Mike Pence defended President Donald Trump’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic by falsely claiming that the president had never sought to belittle the threat the virus posed.
“I don’t believe the president has ever belittled the threat of the coronavirus,” Pence said.
A massive trail of evidence shows otherwise, however.
“Because of all we’ve done, the risk to the American people remains very low,” Trump said on February 26th. “When you have 15 people, and the 15 within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero.”
“It’s going to disappear,” Trump said of the virus on February 28th. “One day, it’s like a miracle, it will disappear.”
“We’re the number one travel destination anywhere in the world, yet we have far fewer cases of the disease than even countries with much less travel or a much smaller population,” Trump said on February 29th.
Just over one month after Trump made those statements, America now leads the world with more than 190,000 reported COVID-19 cases and over 4,000 deaths from the disease.
Pence’s falsehood about Trump not downplaying the virus drew a swift rebuke — check out some reactions below.
What an OUTRAGEOUS LIE…
— icey ❤️ 💯🇺🇸 (@icebergslim1047) April 1, 2020
He believes following 9 out of 10 is close enough.
— Bob Kennedy (@Swampfox43) April 1, 2020
Maybe someone should show him the video on February 28 of Trump at one of his rallies calling it a democratic hoax. It would be nice to have the tape ready when the vice president was interviewed.
— SLT 🌎🗽🌊 (@bshires1010) April 1, 2020
If anyone is unclear what the word "sycophant" means – show them this video.#MikePence
— Udey Johnson (@UdeyJohnson) April 1, 2020
Lordy, we have tapes.
— gretta (@gogretta) April 1, 2020
Refusing to acknowledge a truth is a type of lying. Denial. It’s one of the seven main clues the CIA uses to identify potential criminal concerns.
— Jon Dillard (@JonDillardMusic) April 1, 2020
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