One hundred eighty-four countries have been affected by COVID-19. Nationwide, the rate of new infections has remained flat. Hospitalizations in hotspots like New York, Michigan, and Louisiana have been slowing, and this is the direct result of Americans acting responsibly and following guidelines.
During an April 13 press conference held at the White House—watch the full press conference here—President Trump praised our nation’s healthcare workers and briefly turned the floor over to Dr. Fauci, who immediately addressed the difficult week Americans faced last week due to the elevated number of COVID-19 deaths. Since last week, however, the “curve” has begun to flatten. Fauci went on to mention the health discrepancies and disparities of African Americans and other minority groups, who are suffering disproportionately. Factors such as obesity and diabetes among those ethnic groups have rendered them more vulnerable, and Fauci agreed with the Congressional Black Caucus that he would like to see better testing in those communities to help mitigate the spread of the virus.
Before Dr. Fauci could return the floor to the president, a reporter asked him a hypothetical question meant to reinforce the mainstream media’s consistent—albeit false—narrative that President Trump should have done more sooner to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.
“If in fact we had mitigated earlier, would that have slowed the spread more aggressively and saved even more lives?”
Fauci’s answer was “yes”, but it was obvious that he didn’t appreciate the question, which was designed to characterize Trump as careless, reluctant to act, and at fault. Fauci went on to dismantle the false narrative that the press has been pushing to convince Americans that the president has been willfully denying advice from the Coronavirus Task Force. “The first and only time Dr. Birx and I formally made a recommendation to have a shut down and strong mitigation, the president listened to the recommendation and went to mitigation. At that time, the president went with the health recommendation.”
Fauci went on to clarify that when the Task Force recommended their 15 days to slow the spread tactic, the president was behind it, likewise the revised 30 days to slow the spread. His overall point? Trump agreed with the team of doctors and scientists and implemented mitigation as soon as it was recommended to him.
Though President Trump took back the lectern next, the press conference remained on the subject of the response timeline. It was no surprise that the mainstream media reporters began insisting that the president had responded slowly, but they were unable to articulate why or how. Trump combatted them, using dates and facts. The rundown of the timeline was as follows:
· January 9, there were 0 cases of COVID-19 in the U.S.
· January 17, the CDC implemented health screenings even though not a single case of the coronavirus had occurred in the U.S.
· January 21, there was 1 reported case of COVID-19 in the entire country.
· January 27, there were 7 reported cases.
· January 31, despite COVID-19 cases, not a single infected person had died yet, but President Trump issued the travel ban to China anyway, which he was harshly criticized and attacked for by Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden, and other democrats who called him xenophobic, racist, and fearmongering.
Trump’s point had to have resonated with the press. If on January 21, there was only a single reported case of COVID-19 in the United States, how could the president be expected to shut down the whole economy? If he had, he would’ve been regarded as a lunatic. There were 7 coronavirus cases on January 27 and no deaths, yet in retrospect, the mainstream media believes that the president should have ordered all Americans to quarantine at that time. Their expectations are hysterical and defy logic, yet this is the narrative they are determined to establish as fact. No one in their right mind would’ve issued a travel ban from China sooner than January 31.
The same media outlets that are accusing the president today of not doing more to slow the spread sooner are the exact same outlets who fiercely judged his January 31 travel ban and used his decision to stop all flights from China as evidence of overreaction and worse, xenophobic racism.
The hypocrisy doesn’t stop there. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who is among democrats leading the charge in accusing Trump of inaction, encouraged all of San Francisco to “come to Chinatown” for their big parade on February 24—nearly a month after Trump had issued his travel ban. Yet Trump was slow to action? Another hypocrite, Democratic nominee Joe Biden called Trump an “hysterical xenophobe” at a rally mere days after the ban from China was issued. But then on April 3, Biden’s campaign turned around and issued statements claiming that Biden supported Trump’s travel ban from the start. No, he didn’t.
What happened at the press conference next was a true act of genius.
President Trump played a media slideshow that featured news clip after news clip of what various mainstream media outlets had said about the novel coronavirus in January, in February, and in March. The slideshow highlighted how these news organizations had downplayed the severity of the virus on the very dates when Trump had acted swiftly, issuing the travel ban among other measures he had taken.
Merely presenting to the press what they themselves had said shined a spotlight on their corruption and proved that media outlets like CNN, MSNBC, the New York Times, PBS, and others have been in the dishonest habit of printing and broadcasting anything—whether true or false—that will push their uniform narrative that Trump is bad for America.
Well, quoting the media to the media is a despicable propaganda tactic and the president should be ashamed of himself for trying to pull such a move! “Who produced that slideshow?” one reporter indignantly demanded from the second row, ready to go after the culprit with pitchforks and torches.
What do you mean “who produced it?” It’s a bunch of your own news clips.
The White House Press Reporters felt the desperate need to challenge Trump for having played a slideshow of their own words and that’s when the real fun began. Watching mainstream media “journalists” attack Trump for the unforgivable sin of reminding Americans what they themselves had said one, two, and three months ago was highly entertaining. Don't remind the American people what we said a month ago! They'll realize we're lying to them now!
You see, the “bought” media outlets don’t want Americans to have any direct experience of Trump’s press conferences, speeches, or Coronavirus Task Force accomplishments, because if people like you and me did have direct access, then it would quickly become glaringly obvious that the mainstream media has been lying to us about Trump.
The president stood his ground as he fielded accusations veiled as questions from the press. He reminded reporters that governors are supporting his efforts and praising him, and yet the mainstream media isn’t including any of that in their coverage. Instead, these corrupt reporters are specifically writing stories that lead Americans to believe that Trump is not doing enough or that he is doing the opposite of what he truly has been doing the whole time. In Trump’s words, “It’s all fake propaganda to get me out of office and it’s a lie.”
The news clip that packed the biggest punch of all in the entire slideshow was an audio recording of one of the president’s greatest critics, Maggie Haberman of the New York Times. The audio was from a March 25 interview Haberman participated in wherein she freely admitted that it is not easy to find fault with Trump given his timely responses to the virus:
“As there were more cases,” said Haberman, “and it was clear that it was spreading out of China where it originated, the president took this move that he was widely criticized for, by democrats, and even some republicans at the time; which was he halted a number of flights from China into the US. The idea was to halt the spread of the disease, keep transmissions to a minimum. He was accused of xenophobia. He was accused of making a racist move. At the end of the day, it was probably effective because it did actually take a pretty aggressive measure against the spread of the virus.”
“It’s very sad when people write false stories,” President Trump concluded.
It’s even more sad when people believe them.