Mike Pence Told Governors To Mislead Citizens On COVID-19 Facts
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, audio of a call between Mike Pence and governors shows that the Vice President encouraged state leadership to mislead the public by focusing on numbers that could be seen as casting the Trump administration in a positive light, while downplaying the fact that the disease continues to spread and is on the rise in many states.
According to the New York Times, the audio of the call shows Pence falsely suggesting that the rise in COVID-19 cases is due to increased testing. He suggested that in speaking to the public, governors should focus on the positive, rather than continuing to promote caution.
I would just encourage you all, as we talk about these things, to make sure and continue to explain to your citizens the magnitude of increase in testing. And that in most of the cases where we are seeing some marginal rise in number, that’s more a result of the extraordinary work you’re doing. But also encourage people with the news that we are safely reopening the country.
Trump, too, continues to promote the idea that testing is “making us look bad,” and that there would be “almost no cases” without testing.
Our testing is so much bigger and more advanced than any other country (we have done a great job on this!) that it shows more cases. Without testing, or weak testing, we would be showing almost no cases. Testing is a double edged sword – Makes us look bad, but good to have!!!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 15, 2020
In a release from the White House, the Trump administration admitted that the focus of the call was reopening the economy and getting people back to work, despite increases in numbers of new cases in several states.
On Saturday, President Donald Trump intends to return to his practice of holding massive campaign rallies, beginning in Tulsa Oklahoma — one of the locations that is currently seeing a rise in cases.