During the second 1980 presidential debate, Ronald Reagan turned to Jimmy Carter after Carter falsely accused him of opposing Medicare, smiled, and simply said, “There you go again.” Reagan: 1, Carter: 0.
Fast-forward 40 years.
During a Wednesday appearance on MSNBC, Nancy Pelosi once again falsely accused Donald Trump of calling the Wuhan virus a “hoax.” I’d do the Trump: 1, Pelosi: 0, thing, but I’ve lost track of how many times Pelosi has knowingly repeated the lie.
MSNBC being MSNBC and Nicolle Wallace being Nicolle Wallace, check out the major league set-up question Wallace lobbed right over the heart of the hopelessy-biased plate for Nancy.
You’ve called Mitch McConnell “Moscow Mitch” in part because of his reluctance to do anything about election interference. As the mosaic comes into focus, you’ve got an intelligence community either so chilled by Donald Trump’s affinity for Vladimir Putin, or so out of gas over trying to brief the un-briefable. You’ve got Senate Republicans totally unwilling to fortify our elections ahead of 2020; the whole lot of them are in denial about 2016. What do you — what can you do in the next 120 days to protect the 2020 election?
That’s good stuff right there, huh? Pelosi’s response was even “better.”
Well first let me say you just described, not only for the president, but the Republicans in Congress, dereliction of duty — undermining our own elections, undermining our commitment to NATO, giving away the store — the base — in Syria. The list goes on. Ignoring the invasion of — uh, uh — the annexation of Crimea, the invasion of Eastern Ukraine, the list goes on and on. This president has always given it some nickname, as if it passes for humor in certain circles. He calls it a hoax. Same thing, he called COVID-19 — a hoax. He said it will disappear. He said ‘this never even happened.’ There is no reality in the judgment of this president.
OK before we go any further, Nancy, Russia annexed Crimea between February and March, 2014. The prolonged war between Russia and Ukraine began in February, 2014, as well.
As I recall, Donald Trump didn’t become president until January 20, 2017. See the problem, Nancy? Can you do that math in your head, or do you need to go get your Casio calculator? Either way, I’ll wait.
So let’s revisit Nancy’s oft-repeated lie:
He called COVID-19 a hoax. He said it will disappear. He said ‘this never even happened.’ There is no reality in the judgment of this president.
Now let’s revisit reality. Here’s what Trump said:
Now the Democrats are politicizing the coronavirus. Coronavirus. They’re politicizing it. We did one of the great jobs, you say, “How’s President Trump doing?” They go, “Oh, not good, not good.” They have no clue; they don’t have any clue. They can’t even count their votes in Iowa. They can’t count their votes!
One of my people came up to me and said, “Mr. President, they tried to beat you on Russia, Russia, Russia. That didn’t work out too well. They couldn’t do it. They tried the impeachment hoax. That was on a perfect conversation. They tried anything, they tried it over and over. They’ve been doing it since you got in. It’s all turning, they lost, it’s all turning. Think of it. And this is their new hoax.”
But you know, we did something that’s been pretty amazing. We have 15 people in this massive country, and because of the fact that we won early, we won early, we could’ve had a lot more than that. We’re doing great. Our country is doing so great. We are so unified. We are so unified.
And here’s the video:
Dems and some MSM this morning are pretending @realDonaldTrump said the coronavirus is a hoax. What he ACTUALLY said is that Democrats' politicizing of the coronavirus is their new hoax.
Everyone repeating the lie that he called the coronavirus a hoax is proving his point: pic.twitter.com/1Hn1AHb5sq
— Eddie Zipperer (@EddieZipperer) February 29, 2020
Here’s more reality — via the Factcheck.org wayback machine.
Democratic presidential candidates harshly criticized President Donald Trump for using the term “hoax” in connection with the coronavirus outbreak. There’s no question that the president described the disease as the Democrats’ “new hoax” at a political rally on Feb. 28 in South Carolina.
But the following day, after the death of the first American from coronavirus in Washington state, Trump said that when he used the word “hoax,” he was referring to Democrats finding fault with his administration’s response to coronavirus, not the virus itself.
Even after Trump explained his remarks, some Democrats — including former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg — continued to wrongly accuse Trump of describing the coronavirus as a “hoax.”
The kerfuffle began at the rally in North Charleston, South Carolina when Trump accused the Democrats of “politicizing” the coronavirus outbreak.
“Now the Democrats are politicizing the coronavirus, you know that, right?” he said. “Coronavirus, they’re politicizing it. We did one of the great jobs. You say, ‘How’s President Trump doing?’ They go, ‘Oh, not good, not good.’ They have no clue. They don’t have any clue. They can’t even count their votes in Iowa.”
Then the president, who often dismissed special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation as a hoax, continued, “They tried the impeachment hoax. That was on a perfect conversation. They tried anything. They tried it over and over. They’d been doing it since you got in. It’s all turning. They lost. It’s all turning. Think of it. Think of it. And this is their new hoax.”
And as we reported in early March, both the Associated Press and Facebook — hardly conservative-leaning organizations — called out Democrats for spreading the false Wuhan virus hoax, as well.
If I may interpret, while Trump did in fact use the word “hoax” in conjunction with the virus, it appears clear to me that, as he said the next day, he was referring to the Democrats’ ongoing effort to politicize the virus — to convince the public that he was sitting on his hands as the virus continued to spread.
Nonetheless, Nancy Pelosi remains a personification of “hoax” as she continues to spread the lie.
Incidentally, speaking of Wuhan virus hoaxes, as reported by Factcheck.org, Pelosi also stuck her disingenuous foot in her politically-expedient mouth just last week when she claimed that the U.S. has “the worst [COVID-19] record in the world.”
We are 4% of the world’s population,” the Democratic leader told host George Stephanopoulos. We are 25% of the cases and the deaths, 25%. We have the worst record of any country in the world. And the president says we’re making progress or whatever.
Noting that the United States accounts for about one-quarter of global COVID-19 cases and deaths, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the U.S. has “the worst record of any country in the world.” While the U.S. has the most confirmed cases and deaths by a wide margin, it does not have the most in either category on a per-capita basis.
And there you have it.
All things considered, Madam Speaker, it is you who has “no reality” in your politically-biased judgment of Donald Trump — along with everything else you’ve desperately tried to hang around his neck — and miserably failed to do so — for almost four years.