President Donald Trump spent the past six weeks furiously trying to downplay the threat of the coronavirus to the United States, even as medical experts warned that it was a mounting crisis.
Now Republicans for the Rule of Law, a group of anti-Trump conservatives who backed the president’s impeachment, has released a new ad that contrasts the president’s happy talk about the threat of the virus with an ever-accelerating number of confirmed infections in the United States.
It starts out back in January, back when there was just one confirmed case, when Trump said that he was not at all concerned about a pandemic striking the U.S.
By February 25th, however, there were 51 confirmed cases — and this was the very same day that White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow infamously declared the virus “contained.”
One day later, when the number of cases had jumped to 57, the president said that the number of cases would soon be “down close to zero.”
A little over a week later, the number of cases had surged to 262 — and the president quickly shot down a reporter’s that his administration wasn’t taking the disease seriously.
“That’s CNN — fake news!” the president said.
Just four days after that, the president said that his administration’s handling of the virus was “really working out,” even as the number of cases surged to 959.
And then on March 15th, a mere five days later, the number of cases grew to nearly 3,500 — and the president said that the virus was “something that we have tremendous control over.”
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Trump slammed for ‘ridiculous’ ad trying to link Biden to the Chinese government
"The ad clips Biden’s words out of context to misleadingly imply that Biden criticized Trump’s decision to restrict travel from China, when that’s not what Biden did," wrote Sargent. "Second, the ad relies on numerous past quotes from Biden to demonstrate he’s supposedly been soft on China. But those quotes were mostly boilerplate diplomatic language — and Trump has repeatedly praised China in language very close to what Biden has used ... And third, the Asian man that Biden bowed to turns out to be Gary Locke, a former Washington governor and U.S. ambassador to China, an American."
Trump rambles about ‘genius’ coronavirus during long-winded briefing: ‘The germ has gotten so brilliant’
The leader of the free world rambled about his "brilliant enemy" during a coronavirus briefing that lasted over two hours.
Allies of the White House had been quoted in the press urging President Donald Trump to keep his remarks short, but that advice has apparently been ignored.
"When critics (and allies) make suggestions to him and they become public - such as the briefings ought to be shorter - POTUS often prefers to do the opposite. We're well past 90 minutes on this briefing," New York Times White House correspondent Maggie Haberman noted on Twitter as the briefing wore on.
WATCH: Video shows pack of police forcibly remove man from a city bus — for not wearing a mask
Shocking video from Philadelphia shows multiple police officers forcibly removing a man from a city bus -- reportedly for not wearing a mask.
"A video that went viral Friday shows what appeared to be four police officers, backed by about six more, forcibly pulling a man not wearing a face covering off of a SEPTA bus. After the uniformed and masked Philadelphia Police Department officers lift the adult man off the bus and engage in a brief confrontation, he walks away. No arrest. No ticket," WHYY-TV reports.