Trump Campaign Spokesperson Flops Trying to Defend White House’s Claim That the Pandemic is Over
The White House’s latest pandemic propaganda – that COVID-19 has been defeated – is so ridiculous that President Donald Trump’s campaign is struggling to defend it.
On Wednesday’s edition of New Day on CNN, Hogan Gidley, whom the Trump reelection campaign has deemed competent enough to speak on its behalf on live television, was unable to justify the announcement and tried desperately to avoid the subject altogether.
“Do you think that the pandemic has ended?” host Alisyn Camerota asked Gidley, whose answer was, to put it kindly, completely detached from reality.
“Well, I think we’re headed in the right direction. I think that’s what the president’s been talking about on the campaign trail. We’re seeing a reduction in deaths by 70 percent, that’s great news,” said Gidley.
Nevermind that new infections are at all-time highs and that nearly 1,000 people per day are dying, Camerota interjected. At least 227,000 American lives have been extinguished because of the president’s intentional failure to take the virus seriously.
Camerota pressed Gidley again.
“Hogan, I’m just talking about the language here. Why does it say as a top accomplishment ‘ending the COVID-19 pandemic?’ Do you think it has ended?” Camerota asked.
“I didn’t write the document, I don’t know who said that,” Gidley replied, and then, with a straight face, he said, “the president’s not saying that on the campaign trail. I don’t know, I’ve not seen the document.”
Of course, Trump is saying that the pandemic has ended, as he has been for months. His little “Mission Accomplished” gambit on Tuesday was seen around the world. Gidley got caught lying and Camerota cast the net.
“No, but I mean, I’m reading it to you!” Camerota said.
Gidley really ensnared himself and was unable to escape.
“I dunno, I’m just telling you we’re moving in the right direction. We’re moving in the right direction, thanks to the president’s leadership on the issue,” Gidley said.
“So if the document said ‘ended,’ that would be wrong?” Camerota asked.
“I’m not looking at the document. I don’t know what the document says or how it characterizes the word ‘ending,’ but I’m not going to quibble over semantics. The fact is, we’re moving in the right direction,” Gidley repeated. “What we can’t do is shut this country back down again, which is exactly what Joe Biden is trying to do. The American people don’t deserve that and they can’t handle another shutdown.”
An exasperated Camerota tried to reason with Gidley, but her resistance was ultimately futile.
White House lists ending Covid-19 pandemic as an accomplishment despite cases spiking to record levels.@AlisynCamerota: “Do you think it has ended?”@JHoganGidley: “I don’t know who said that… I have not seen the document… We’re moving in the right direction” pic.twitter.com/5MTSv8QQRU
— New Day (@NewDay) October 28, 2020
Six days until the election.