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False claims and disinformation are the central feature of Trump’s presidency – The Washington Post

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“For weeks, as the coronavirus silently spread through the United States, President Trump belittled the threat and repeatedly praised China for “transparency” and the World Health Organization for its handling of the outbreak. But when the death toll mounted and the scope of the public health crisis became too difficult to ignore, Trump reversed course.”

” “I always felt it was a pandemic long before it was called a pandemic,” he declared — then angrily blamed China for failing to contain the new virus and accused the WHO of helping a coverup. He later withdrew the United States from the WHO.”

“Likewise, when a distraught widower asked Twitter to remove Trump’s tweets insinuating that the man’s wife had been killed by MSNBC morning host Joe Scarborough, Trump ignored the plea and repeated the slander.”

Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/trump-fact-checker-book/2020/06/01/c6323b88-a435-11ea-b619-3f9133bbb482_story.html

Trump campaign is creating an alternate reality online about coronavirus – The Washington Post

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“By Elyse Samuels and Meg Kelly May 28, 2020 at 12:00 a.m. PDT”

“We have met the moment and we have prevailed. Americans do whatever it takes to find solutions, pioneer breakthroughs, and harness the energies we need to achieve a total victory.”

— President Trump, at a news conference, May 11, 2020

“The Trump administration’s mishandling of key moments in the novel coronavirus outbreak has been well documented. Early travel restrictions from China and Europe were meant to buy time, but inaction or poor planning squandered much of the benefit. Delays in testing allowed the virus to spread across the country largely undetected. A shortage of personal protective equipment while cases surged overwhelmed hospitals and health-care workers. The president promoted unproven, and sometimes dangerous, medical approaches to fighting the disease, in some cases with potentially deadly consequences. He misrepresented how quickly a vaccine will be available.”

Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/05/28/trump-campaign-is-creating-an-alternate-reality-online-about-coronavirus/

Biden vs. Trump: The ad battle over China and the coronavirus – The Washington Post

The campaigns of former vice president Joe Biden and President Trump increasingly are attacking each other with common themes. (AP)

“By Glenn Kessler 
May 15, 2020 at 12:00 a.m. PDT”

“As the coronavirus pandemic has spread around the globe, the ad battle for the U.S. presidency has increasingly centered on one issue: Who is a bigger toady for China?”

“To a striking degree, the campaigns of President Trump and former vice president Joe Biden — and groups that support or oppose them — increasingly are attacking each other with common themes. Both sides pin a lot of blame on China for failing to act quickly to stem the virus — or failing to communicate with the rest of the world more clearly. But then they argue that their opponent cannot be trusted to deal with China.”

Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/05/15/biden-versus-trump-ad-battle-over-china-coronavirus/

This Time, Americans Are Doing Nothing – The Atlantic

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“It looks, at first, like one of a zillion unfunny video clips that now circulate on the internet: “Once Upon a Virus” features cheap animation, cheesy music, and sarcastic dialogue between China—represented by a Lego terra-cotta warrior with a low, masculine voice—and the United States, represented by a Lego Statue of Liberty with a high, squeaky voice.”

Source: https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/05/time-americans-are-doing-nothing/611056/