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“Most Doctors Are Lying” Donald Trump Shares Massive Conspiracy Claim

On Monday morning, as COVID-19 continues to surge in hotspots across the nation, the President of the United States, Donald Trump, shared with more than 83 million followers a conspiracy theory claiming that most doctors, as well as the CDC, are lying to the public on a large scale. The original tweet was from right-wing podcast and radio host Chuck Woolery, and it suggests that the nation is under the thrall of an entire network of experts who are all lying for political reasons.

Trump says Doctors lie
WASHINGTON, DC – APRIL 22: Dr. Anthony Fauci (R), director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and U.S. President Donald Trump participate in the daily coronavirus task force briefing at the White House on April 22, 2020 in Washington, DC. Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control,┬áhas said that a potential second wave of┬ácoronavirus later this year could flare up again and coincide with flu season. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Throughout the pandemic crisis, Trump has juggled exhortations to follow medical and safety advice with attacks on experts, and false claims about the nation’s progress in getting the situation under control. Now, he’s sharing a post that suggests experts and news media have a partisan bias and motive to harm his chances of re-election. The original tweet by Chuck Woolery names the CDC, the media, Democrats, and doctors as entities that can’t be trusted.

The president retweeted this along with another tweet from Woolery, claiming that there’s already overwhelming evidence in favor of opening schools in the fall. (As we reported yesterday, school reopening seems to go well when cases are declining and there is compliance with safety measures.)

Donald Trump says not to trust doctors
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Neither Trump nor Woolery addressed what hypothetical motive a majority of doctors across the country would have in damaging the economy and the president’s re-election campaign.

While Donald Trump was lauded recently for setting a positive example by wearing a mask to visit Walter Reed Medical Center, he’s also reportedly actively preventing experts in infectious disease from addressing America.



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