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Donald Trump Wednesday, Mar 18 2020

GASLIGHTER/DENIER: Trump: “I’ve Always Known This Is a Pandemic.”

Mar 18, 2020

After months of downplaying the threat of COVID-19 and failing to prepare the United States for a global pandemic that is now rapidly spreading across our country and reshaping life, Donald Trump would like you to know that he’s ALWAYS taken coronavirus seriously – but don’t believe him. 

“Donald Trump is nothing more than a gaslighter hell-bent on obscuring his incompetence and failing record, which is why we cannot trust him to effectively handle the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Kyle Morse, a spokesperson for American Bridge. “From the onset, Trump denied the severity of coronavirus, downplayed the risk, and spread misinformation. Present-day Donald Trump thinks he can sweep those past statements under the rug, but we kept the receipts.”

Here’s what Donald Trump has said about the COVID-19 virus:

GASLIGHTER: Donald Trump Claims He’s Always Taken COVID-19 Seriously

3/17/20: “I’ve always known this is a pandemic.”

3/18:20: “I always treated the Chinese Virus very seriously…”

DENIER: Donald Trump Denied the Threat and Severity of COVID-19

1/22/20: Trump claims he’s not worried about a pandemic – claims it’s under control.

2/22/20: Trump claims it’s “under control” in the United States.

3/1/20: Trump retweets claim “the risk to average Americans remains low.”

3/9/20: Trump equating COVID-19 with seasonal flu, while downplaying the threat of the spread.

Published: Mar 18, 2020 | Last Modified: May 27, 2020

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