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.
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.)
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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