The Biden campaign and Democratic governors seem intent on misrepresenting President Trump’s position on the CCP Virus by lying about and manipulating his speeches and comments. Recently, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer falsely claimed on CNN that President Trump called the coronavirus a “hoax.”
“This threat is still very real. And the sad irony is that on the day that the president was admitted to the hospital with a very virus he called a hoax, the Supreme Court in Michigan undermined my emergency rule,” the governor said.
The CNN host himself corrected his interviewee and assured that the president never called the virus a hoax.
“The president didn’t call the virus a hoax. He called Democratic and immediate concerns about it a hoax, which is also false, but that is the precise lie that he told,” Jake Tapper said.
As the Washington Examiner reported, since February of this year, many have manipulated President Trump’s speeches to later claim that he called the virus a “hoax,” when in fact he was referring to the politicization of the CCP Virus by the Democrats.
According to the textual excerpts from President Trump’s Feb. 28 speech in South Carolina published by The New York Times, he said, “Now the Democrats are politicizing the coronavirus, you know that right? Coronavirus. They are politicizing it. (…) It is all turning. Think of it. Think of it. And this is their new hoax.”
In mid-September, parts of the same Trump speech were also taken out of context to make it appear that the president had minimized the virus. President Trump’s campaign sent a request to Twitter to label a video posted by Joe Biden’s campaign as a “manipulated message.” The clip decontextualized the words of President Trump, however the company refused to do so.
In the video posted by the Biden campaign on social networks, President Trump can be heard saying, “The coronavirus, this is the new hoax.”
Donald Trump is not responsible for COVID-19, but he is responsible for his failed response and for lying to the American people. pic.twitter.com/cWuEoHiUxj
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) September 15, 2020
But really, President Trump in his original comments, did not say, “This is the new hoax” immediately after saying “coronavirus” as the ad does. The comment about “the hoax” was made several sentences later, and was not referring to the CCP Virus.
The Trump campaign was quick to ask Twitter to use the same label that it has placed on many of the president’s posts, often unfounded, which reads, “manipulated information.”
According to Fox News, after the Trump campaign contacted Twitter about this issue, the company decided that it would not label the Biden video as “manipulated information.”