Republicans cannot be allowed to rewrite the history of this pandemic. As the number of COVID-19 patients rises and more lives are claimed, Trump and his lickspittle cronies will deploy all of their not insubstantial experience with lying to convince the American people that the White House has handled this outbreak masterfully since the beginning.
The recorded reality, of course, is that Trump downplayed and in some ways continues to downplay the risks posed by the virus. Infamously, he went so far as to call the coronavirus a Democratic “hoax” and then went on to spend more time feuding with the governors doing the actual work of curbing the spread of the coronavirus than focusing on his duties as president. History will record his administration’s handling of this crisis as an unmitigated, unprecedented disaster.
Vice President Pence, true to his lapdog nature, appeared on CNN and defended Trump in a conversation with Wolf Blitzer. Pence started out by heaping blame on China and while that Communist authoritarian state deserves blame for lying about its coronavirus numbers, the White House deserves full blame for its own fumbled response.
Blitzer pointed out that the president has downplayed the virus from the start and Pence tried unsuccessfully to argue otherwise. Not surprisingly, the vice president came out of the exchange looking like nothing more than an apologist for a failed regime.
“Yeah, I’ll just point out, it would have been good if the president wouldn’t have been belittling the enormity of this crisis, the coronavirus pandemic, as he was. Now he’s finally on board,” said Blitzer.
“Well, Wolf, respectfully, I’d take issue with two things that you just said. I don’t believe the president has ever belittled the threat of the coronavirus,” Pence responded.
“Let me just interrupt, respectfully, Mr. Vice President. What I’m suggesting that he was saying at one point, it wasn’t as bad as the regular flu and he was talking about automobile accidents,” said Blitzer. “He seemed to be suggesting at one point there were 15 cases, it would get down to zero very quickly. That was what I was basing that sentence on. ”
“Well, the president is an optimistic person,” Pence said, as if that in any way excuses Trump’s failings.
Watch the full back-and-forth below.
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This is a staff report from former Occupy Democrats Editor in Chief Colin Taylor or contributor Rob Haffney.