On Tuesday’s edition of CNN’s “OutFront,” fact-checker Daniel Dale walked through many of President Donald Trump’s lies at the latest coronavirus press conference.
“The president has kept saying he knew what was happening in China and knew how bad this would be,” said host Erin Burnett. “Obviously, what he said many times publicly during that time frame shows that to be untrue. You’re a fact-checker. What stood out to you?”
“I think what we saw here was both the usual barrage of false claims and a broader overall narrative,” said Dale. “Trump said he stopped all travel from Europe. It exempted several countries. He thought his impeachment was illegal. He said even the experts didn’t know how bad this was. The experts were pretty uniformly warning us that this was going to be bad.”
“The broader dishonest narrative was his attempt to portray himself as the leader who stood up to the people who were downplaying this as a flu,” continued Dale. “‘People just wanted me to ride this out and that was unwise. Because of the action that I and we took, now we can keep this to 100,000, which would be pretty good.’ He was the downplayer-in-chief for weeks and weeks, even amid these expert warnings. For him to now say he is the one who stood up against the people who were against himself, I think is quite dishonest.”
‘There is great distrust of the entire system’: CNN reporter says protesters want the Hennepin attorney to resign
On CNN Wednesday, correspondent Miguel Marquez reported that while Minnesota civil rights activists will approve of the upgraded charges against the police officers involved in the death of George Floyd, they also want accountability for Mike Freeman, the Hennepin County Attorney who initially declined to charge every officer.
"Those protesters will be pleased, absolutely happy to hear these charges have now been brought, but they will want more," said Marquez. "Specifically, they do want the County Attorney, Mike Freeman, the Hennepin County Attorney, who initially had this case and then turned it over to the attorney general, they want him to resign. They're also upset with the governor and his handling of it."
Black students brutalized by Atlanta cops call for ‘total reset in policing’ on CNN
The two black students who were brutalized by police in Atlanta went on CNN Wednesday to demand fundamental change from American police departments.
In an interview on CNN, students Taniyah Pilgrim and Messiah Young, who were pulled out of their car by Atlanta police and tased earlier this week, said that police behavior toward peaceful demonstrators shows exactly why protesters are taking to the streets in the first place.
Even evangelical groups were disgusted by Trump’s Bible stunt: former White House faith adviser
On CNN Tuesday, former Obama White House faith and race adviser Joshua Dubois said President Donald Trump's Bible photo-op in front of the church near the White House could backfire on him with his most critical voting bloc.
"I thought it was farcical. And it is kind of blowing up in his face even in the faith community and communities that support, him like some conservative evangelical communities," said Dubois. "The reason is Jesus stood up for everyday people, including the vulnerable, and didn't believe in false displays of piety, and yesterday President Trump ordered — or was okay with — everyday people being gassed and shot with rubber bullets in order to make his way to a false display of piety."