On CNN Tuesday, medical analyst Sanjay Gupta broke down President Donald Trump’s latest false talking points minimizing the severity of coronavirus, as he attempts to build public support for ending shutdowns and other measures negatively impacting the U.S. economy.
“There’s this false comparison that people keep making, President Trump among the people who keep making them, comparing the coronavirus either to the flu or to car accidents,” said anchor Jake Tapper. “Take a listen to what he said today.”
“We never turned the country off,” said Trump in the clip. “We lose much more than that to automobile accidents. We didn’t call up the automobile companies to say stop making cars, we don’t want any cars anymore. We have to get back to work.”
“Now, I would observe that what the U.S. government has done with automobiles is forced them to put in seat belts, forced them to put in airbags, impose speed limits, put cops on the road. There are lots of steps,” said Tapper. “But let’s start with the flu comparison. He said we don’t shut down because of the flu. [Dr. Anthony] Fauci has already said both of these are false comparisons. What do you think?”
“Look, this is one of the first conversations I had with President Trump about this whole topic, was to remind people that this was more lethal than the influenza,” said Gupta. “The flu is a big deal. People don’t pay attention to it, they should, it’s a fair point. There’s been 20-some thousand deaths this year. This is 10 to 20 times more lethal, Jake, 10 to 20 times. There’s no vaccine for this. There’s no buffer against this. This is a novel virus, our body’s immune system has never seen this. They’re both pathogens, they’re both viruses, but they share very little in common besides that.”
’Let ‘em go’: Ex-police commissioner lays into Buffalo cops who quit Emergency Response Team
On CNN Friday, former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey slammed the 57 Buffalo police officers who resigned from the city's Emergency Response Team in solidarity with a pair of officers investigated for shoving an elderly man to the ground and then lying about it.
"If they want to resign, they should resign from the department," said Ramsey. "They don't have a vote in what unit they're in or the running of that department. They would not be allowed to step down from those positions. If they want to resign from the police department, let 'em go, and I would not bring them back, it just means you have some slots you have to fill. That kind of stuff is ridiculous and can't be tolerated."
Trump accused by ex-Defense Secretary of putting US on ‘the trail toward a dictatorship’
During an appearance on CNN on Friday morning, former Defense Secretary William Cohen - who also served in the U.S. Senate as a Republican -- denounced Donald Trump in no uncertain terms, saying his use of military personnel against anti-police brutality protesters is a sign he has set the country on the path to a dictatorship.
To emphasize his point, he later called Trump the "dictator-in-chief."
Speaking with host Jim Sciutto, Cohen didn't mince words after the CNN host noted that the president and his former attorney called the protesters "terrorists."
"What does it mean for you to hear a sitting president dismissing a whole range of protesters, who in fact were largely peaceful around the White House, dismissing a whole range of them as terrorists? What does that mean to you?" the CNN host asked.
Richmond mayor schools white lawmaker complaining removal of Confederate statue strips her of her history
Appearing on CNN's "New Day" on Friday morning, the mayor of Richmond, Virginia set a white state lawmaker straight over her comments that the imminent removal of a statue commemorating Confederate General Robert E. Lee was erasing her history.
Speaking with host John Berman, Mayor Levar Stoney expressed pleasure at the upcoming removal of the massive statue, saying it was a long overdue -- before the interview turned to comments made by State Senator Amanda Chase (R) made in a Facebook post.
Noting that the white lawmaker complained, "Let's be honest here, there is an overt effort here to erase all-white history," Stoney had a few words for the lawmaker.