Fox News tends to be pretty friendly to the Trump Administration, but on Sunday Vice President Mike Pence got some pretty hard-hitting questions from host Chris Wallace.
Wallace pointed out that many supporters of President Donald Trump who have been protesting the quarantine shutdown are dangerously ignoring the protocols on social distancing put out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other experts.
Instead of addressing Wallace’s comments on the dangers of these protests, Pence said:
“We continue to see encouraging results, declining cases, declining hospitalizations because of what the American people have done, because of the president’s leadership. We are slowing the spread, we are hastening the day when we can put the coronavirus in the past and reopen the American economy.”
Wallace allowed Pence to talk, but then went back to his original point:
“But Mr. Vice President. In a number of these cases, these protesters — who are not social distancing — are saying they don’t want to wait. In many cases, they’re protesting your own guidelines to stop the spread.”
Wallace then echoed Gov. Jay Inslee (D-Washington), who has said that Trump is “fomenting domestic rebellion” in these dangerous and uncertain times. The host then went on to read from Trump’s own tweets regarding the protests to reopen the economy in the places where these protests are taking place:
“Liberate Minnesota, liberate Michigan and liberate Virginia. So what does the president mean because you’ve got guidelines that are calling for social distancing and staying at home?”
Wallace then continued, pointing out the contradictions between Trump’s tweets and what the Administration has been putting out regarding reopening things:
“Even your guidelines to reopen the country are very phased and gradual,What does the president mean when he says liberate these states?”
Pence again did not directly address Wallace’s line of questioning, but said instead:
“The American people know that no one in this country wants to reopen this country more than President Donald Trump. And on Thursday that president asked us to lay out guidelines for how the states can responsibly do that.”
“And in the president’s tweets and public statements, I can assure you he’s going to continue to encourage governors to find ways to safely and responsibly let America go back to work.”
The Vice President ended his segment with Wallace without once actually addressing the dangers of ignoring social distancing guidelines when it comes to stopping the spread of the coronavirus.
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