President Donald Trump spread misinformation about the coronavirus during an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity -- and faced furious outrage afterward.
The president insisted the World Health Organization's estimated 3.4 percent death rate from COVI-19 was a "false number," and said he had a "hunch" that it was actually below 1 percent, along with a number of other highly misleading claims about the outbreak and other topics.
https://t.co/hmcOfwHgAK— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1583381780.0
Other social media users were shocked that he'd post portions of the interview, because so many of his claims were demonstrably false.
@realDonaldTrump Wow you listened to that and thought it should be posted? Listen again.— Byron Ricketts (@Byron Ricketts) 1583381962.0
@realDonaldTrump Hannity interviewing @realDonaldTrump is just a monologue.— Paul Samuel (@Paul Samuel) 1583384418.0
@ddale8 @chrislhayes His ignorance is the contagion I worry about— AndHowDoesThatMakeYouFeel (@AndHowDoesThatMakeYouFeel) 1583379666.0
It’s difficult to wrap your head around the fact that the president called into a TV show & made a series of statem… https://t.co/hwzKlYRG88— Brian Klaas (@Brian Klaas) 1583393468.0
Donald Trump on the Fox @seanhannity show said he had a HUNCH that the death rate from coronavirus is not really 3+… https://t.co/pTsC4QmSRT— TAKE 5: Defuses Emotional Impulses & Rash Behavior (@TAKE 5: Defuses Emotional Impulses & Rash Behavior) 1583408174.0
@realDonaldTrump #TrumpLiesAboutCoronavirus #coronavirus @POTUS made dangerous FALSE statements via his paid talk h… https://t.co/HIufZ3OBKD— Eileen, Herb's Daughter - 4th Gen. Military Family (@Eileen, Herb's Daughter - 4th Gen. Military Family) 1583407155.0
@CDCgov @CDCDirector Does anyone at CDC have the courage to tell Mr Trump that his misinformation about Coronavirus… https://t.co/JxfRmpmLgm— Michael F Ozaki MD (@Michael F Ozaki MD) 1583392416.0
@ddale8 in the future i think we'll be safer if we make presidential candidates go thru various IQ testing, emotion… https://t.co/4FCEEzcguX— 𖤐 ᵀᵒᵗᵃˡˡʸ 𖤐 ᴮᶦᵗᶜʰᶜᵃᵏᵉˢ 𖤐 (@𖤐 ᵀᵒᵗᵃˡˡʸ 𖤐 ᴮᶦᵗᶜʰᶜᵃᵏᵉˢ 𖤐) 1583384483.0
@ddale8 Viruses famously respect sovereign borders and do not cross into other territories without permission.— Mike Beauvais (@Mike Beauvais) 1583379777.0
@ddale8 He has no idea how the world works. I knew about Spanish flu, SARS, MERS, bird flu, the "normal flu", etc.… https://t.co/eXFtSU4RqP— Mary Quite Contrary (@Mary Quite Contrary) 1583381185.0
@ddale8 "They called it the Spanish Flu. You know, you don't think our country was affected. Then you find out it w… https://t.co/ZqJ7FsgPWj— Patrick 💛 (@Patrick 💛) 1583380022.0
@ddale8 Because this is what China looks like: https://t.co/R5kCXl8lRB— MySereneAmor 🗳 (@MySereneAmor 🗳) 1583379904.0
@ddale8 Stupidity level: LETHAL— Andrew Wortman 🏳️🌈 (@Andrew Wortman 🏳️🌈) 1583406045.0
Trump would prefer the coronavirus death rate to be lower, so he says, based on a "hunch" and "a lot of conversatio… https://t.co/puQYzG8aas— Kate Langer (@Kate Langer) 1583389544.0
@EugJHawk @Nortonvt @realDonaldTrump Listening to him. They go to work, they go to work and get better very rapidl… https://t.co/0ojv3Ox8c1— Kyle Ruggles 🇨🇦 (@Kyle Ruggles 🇨🇦) 1583382732.0