On Monday, at the latest White House coronavirus press briefing, President Donald Trump tried to bury criticism of his response to COVID-19 by playing a several-minute-long campaign-style video montage showing a number of clips of people praising the federal government for giving medical supplies. The video appeared to have been copied from a montage used on Sean Hannity's show.
"It's very sad when people write false stories," Trump said after the video finished. "We have hundreds of statements, including from Democrats and Democrat [sic] governors."
Commenters on social media were shocked by the stunt. Many criticized the major cable networks for not cutting away when the video began playing.
President Trump just showed a video in the WH briefing room defending this response to the coronavirus. The video… https://t.co/gPgdwCLPWb— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche Alcindor)1586815840.0
This is a campaign ad. It’s an effective one, but it’s a campaign ad.— Guy Benson (@Guy Benson)1586815664.0
WH just played what appeared to be a campaign video defending Trump. In the briefing room. Just like a rally— Jim Acosta (@Jim Acosta)1586815824.0
This video montage at Trump's press conference...is actually part of the same exact video montage that Hannity ran on his tv show recently.— Angelo Carusone (@Angelo Carusone)1586815556.0
Finally someone sobers up and stops the propaganda Trump defense video -- but only after they aired most of it. Th… https://t.co/Wi3J6UzO3Z— HawaiiDelilah™ (@HawaiiDelilah™)1586815799.0
I’ve defended broadcasting Trump’s pressers but there is literally no reason to broadcast a propaganda ad. It’s absurd.— Sam Stein (@Sam Stein)1586815706.0
CNN cut away from Trump’s bizarre propaganda video he’s showing right now. MSNBC continues to show it. Why?— John Aravosis 🇺🇸🇬🇷🏳️🌈 (@John Aravosis 🇺🇸🇬🇷🏳️🌈)1586815654.0