By JOHN KANELIS / email@example.com
Wow! I couldn’t believe my ears.
A young woman asked Donald Trump at an ABC News town hall meeting why he lied about the seriousness of the pandemic that was bearing down on the nation.
Trump’s answer was astonishing. He said he didn’t “downplay” it, but “up-played” the seriousness of it by acting immediately to shut down travel from China, where the virus supposedly originated. His quick action at the front end of the pandemic saved “millions of lives,” he told her.
Well … what do you know about that?
We happen to have his own voice recorded. It’s on the record forever and ever telling legendary reporter Bob Woodward that he did “downplay” the pandemic. “I still prefer” to downplay it, he told Woodward. Why? He said he didn’t want to “cause a panic” among Americans.
Holy crap, Mr. President!
What in the name of rhetorical flim-flammery is this guy trying to pull on us?
He lied to us. He stood there and told Woodward that the virus was a “killer” that would be worse than the most “strenuous flus,” and then told the public two weeks after revealing that information that the disease was “under control” and that it would be just like the flu.
That’s what I call “downplaying” the severity of a killer virus.
And so … Donald Trump lied once more to a young voter in front of millions of Americans.
Mr. President, we aren’t the rubes you seem to think we are.