Donald Trump told Fox News on Tuesday that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo established “death panels” in 2015 when he didn’t order enough ventilators. Trump even brought his own “evidence” from a far-right website that has been proven to spread false conspiracies and hoaxes.
Citing the article, Trump said that Cuomo “had a choice” to order thousands of ventilators back in 2015 but refused to do so.
“This says, ‘New York Governor Cuomo rejected buying recommended 16,000 ventilators in 2015 … for a pandemic,’” Trump said, reading from a printout of the article. “‘…established death panels and lotteries instead.’ So, he had a chance to buy in 2015, 16,000 ventilators at a very low price and he turned it down. I’m not blaming him or anything else, but he shouldn’t be talking about us.”
Trump obtained his information from The Gateway Pundit, a cite that has been proven to “regularly publishes hoaxes and widely shared conspiracy theories,” according to the media watchdog group NewsGuard.
Take a look at Trump’s remarks below:
Holy shit. Trump just accused Cuomo of establishing "death panels" – an insane, debunked, bullshit Fox News conspiracy theory – AT THE SAME TIME HE'S LITERALLY TRYING TO GET PEOPLE BACK ONTO THE STREETS AMID A PANDEMIC WHICH WILL COST THOUSANDS OF LIVES.pic.twitter.com/VDJme5hZFP
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) March 24, 2020