After a nearly two month absence from the public eye, the heads of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, relegated to the offices of the Dept. of Health and Human Services and kicked off the White House live video feed page, held a press conference.
It did not go well.
Vice President Mike Pence, while acknowledging the very basic of facts, including that over 126,000 Americans have died from the coronavirus and the U.S. having about 2.5 million cases.
The rest of his facts were the very best of spin and lies, as many on social media charged, like the Vice President saying, "we have made truly remarkable progress in moving our nation forward."
Despite surges in Coronavirus cases, VP Pence says, “We have made truly remarkable progress in moving our nation fo… https://t.co/H7cXQwR3k8— Mark Knoller (@Mark Knoller)1593189798.0
Or, that 34 states across the country are seeing "a measure of stability," which is false since cases are on the rise in more than half the states. Remember, too, that in other countries, the number of cases have dropped tremendously, while in the US they are increasing to numbers higher than ever before.
CNN fact checker Daniel Dale did an excellent job in real-time. A sampling:
Pence, who sometimes just repeats Trump's lies even though he is well versed in the facts, applauds Trump for his d… https://t.co/eGDFSlZlUD— Daniel Dale (@Daniel Dale)1593189791.0
Pence delivers Trump's usual line about how 1.5M-2.2M people could've died if nothing was done, but "we slowed the… https://t.co/rmlgZS6jYI— Daniel Dale (@Daniel Dale)1593189890.0
Pence argues that "to one extent or another, the volume of new cases coming in is a reflection of a great success i… https://t.co/hWFv7BYVPH— Daniel Dale (@Daniel Dale)1593190404.0
Pence: There "may be a tendency" among Americans to think "we're in a time of great losses and great hardship on th… https://t.co/N7eFupUP9Q— Daniel Dale (@Daniel Dale)1593190767.0
Here's how some on social media are responding:
So Mike Pence is just gonna stand up on national TV for the first coronavirus briefing in weeks and lie to the Amer… https://t.co/YhvvP0f8dt— Keith Boykin (@Keith Boykin)1593189748.0
They're trying to same happy talk garbage they tried back in February which led us to having one of the worst outbr… https://t.co/9SWUP5fdFO— Chris Hayes (@Chris Hayes)1593190072.0
So Pence opens the Covid task force briefing by taking a victory lap?! What the actual fuck?!— Evan Siegfried (@Evan Siegfried)1593189611.0
Pence's propaganda spin would make Goebbels proud. And he's happy that more young people are coming up positive? Th… https://t.co/49r17PlUKg— Tim Massie (@Tim Massie)1593190644.0
Every Mike Pence speech is a greasy fire hose of goose shit through a tin horn.— The Hoarse Whisperer (@The Hoarse Whisperer)1593190298.0
VP Pious McKissAss says we can "take some comfort in the fact that fatalities are declining." Yesterday, it was re… https://t.co/Wwiv6lZ1gO— Laffy (@Laffy)1593190587.0
Nobody kisses ass like Mike Pence kisses ass.— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@BrooklynDad_Defiant!)1593190242.0