Republicans on Tuesday were called out for a new talking point that blames impeachment for President Donald Trump's lack of early action on the novel coronavirus outbreak.
According to former Republican strategist Rick Wilson, GOP sources said that there is en effort to deflect the criticism of Trump by citing impeachment.
About the time Wilson revealed the new talking point, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell used it during an interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt.
McConnell claimed that impeachment had "diverted" the government from dealing with the virus.
Commenters on Twitter pointed out that impeachment was caused by the president's lawless behavior. Others noted that Trump continued to play golf during the impeachment and Senate trial, which ended in early February.
Read some of the tweets from verified accounts below.
McConnell just said impeachment diverted the attention of the government from the coronavirus in January. Did impe… https://t.co/xPsE0JFfiB— Judd Legum (@Judd Legum)1585662863.0
@Mimirocah1 @realDonaldTrump @GOP Astonishingly stupid defense/excuse by McConnell. The CDC,HHS, etc weren’t delaye… https://t.co/62TLOcNfpe— Adam Dorn aka Mocean Worker. (@Adam Dorn aka Mocean Worker.)1585663252.0
Don’t spend a second debating McConnell’s claim impeachment distracted Trump. Or on Trump’s TV ratings tweets. Or o… https://t.co/sQvsvJxzSq— Dave Pell (@Dave Pell)1585663771.0
Republicans will use impeachment as their scapegoat, but here’s what they can never escape: Donald Trump ignored… https://t.co/DvFyAtW1DH— Joe Walsh (@Joe Walsh)1585666072.0
While his sycophants are rolling out the line that impeachment was a distraction that hurt the coronavirus response… https://t.co/EQnMWq6mb6— Gary Legum (@Gary Legum)1585666573.0
A source at a conservative firm doing Trump/RNC work tells me the Message of the Day is "Impeachment kept Trump fro… https://t.co/rxbrsNhCgN— Rick Wilson (@Rick Wilson)1585666897.0
@leagh47933204 @Newsday Yes the false impeachment talking point of the day. Predictable. Trump forever the victim.… https://t.co/O6TgMMLKAM— Dan Janison (@Dan Janison)1585669406.0
Impeachment didn’t keep Trump from caring about the virus. Trump kept Trump from caring about the virus.— Joe Walsh (@Joe Walsh)1585670500.0
@TheRickWilson What's absolutely maddening about this is that the impeachment "distraction" ended on Feb. 5, 54 days ago.— Dan Murphy (@Dan Murphy)1585671339.0
Trump is now trying to convince America that he couldn't focus on coronavirus because of impeachment. From January… https://t.co/FnTnGEldgL— Mikel Jollett (@Mikel Jollett)1585671204.0
@MollyJongFast “I don’t get involved. I let the lawyers handle it.” — Trump, endlessly about impeachment— Jamie 😷’Grady (@Jamie 😷’Grady)1585671585.0
Don’t even try this “impeachment distracted him from corona virus!” hook, GOP. Seriously. Jesus. Just don’t.— Peter Zizzo (@Peter Zizzo)1585672256.0
Impeachment didn't interrupt Trump's golf schedule but Republicans would have you believe it rendered him incapable… https://t.co/E1TcR3WtxQ— Joshua Holland 🔥 (@Joshua Holland 🔥)1585672809.0
According to @senatemajldr the impeachment trial diverted government attention from the growing coronavirus. That’s… https://t.co/9tfrvJHU7r— Gideon Emery (@Gideon Emery)1585674684.0