'Stop lying to our faces!' Mike Pence flayed for saying Trump never 'belittled' COVID-19 threat
Mike Pence speaks to Fox News (screen grab)

Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday defended President Donald Trump's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic by falsely claiming that the president had never sought to belittle the threat the virus posed.


"I don't believe the president has ever belittled the threat of the coronavirus," Pence said.

A massive trail of evidence shows otherwise, however.

"Because of all we’ve done, the risk to the American people remains very low," Trump said on February 26th. "When you have 15 people, and the 15 within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero."

"It’s going to disappear," Trump said of the virus on February 28th. "One day, it’s like a miracle, it will disappear."

"We’re the number one travel destination anywhere in the world, yet we have far fewer cases of the disease than even countries with much less travel or a much smaller population," Trump said on February 29th.

Just over one month after Trump made those statements, America now leads the world with more than 190,000 reported COVID-19 cases and over 4,000 deaths from the disease.

Pence's falsehood about Trump not downplaying the virus drew a swift rebuke -- check out some reactions below.