On Monday, CNN’s Chris Cuomo tore into President Donald Trump’s claim that 99 percent of COVID-19 cases are “totally harmless.”
“99 percent of COVID cases are harmless, says Trump,” Cuomo said. “Remember, the White House numbers puts our death rate at around 4, 4-plus percent. Is that harmless? To the 130,000 plus dead, to their families, to the tens of thousands who suffered terribly, to all those suffering now, harmless?”
“Maybe if he gave a damn, maybe if the president of the United States were not ignoring and coming up with new ways to reportedly get you to live with a pandemic, maybe then he would know just how stupid that statement is,” said Cuomo. “I will say this. Trump’s strategy of lie, deny, and defy all facts and decency is just as toxic to our society as 99 percent of COVID-19 cases. But he is being honest about one thing, and it matters, especially now, especially to you, the president’s supporters. Because you also own what he is saying right now. His blatant pitch to bigots. He has no position on whether the Confederate flag should be flying in America in the year 2020.”
“This man will not bring anyone together. His plan is the opposite,” said Cuomo. “That’s why if you want to beat this pandemic, if you want America to be better for the worthy, the key is the we. You and me.”
‘I could have died’: Arizona Trump voters beg friends to take COVID seriously after getting hospitalized
A pair of Arizona residents who voted for President Donald Trump in 2016 are now imploring their friends to not make the same mistake they did when they refused to take the coronavirus pandemic seriously.
In an interview with CNN, Debi and Michael Patterson told reporter Omar Jimenez that they laughed off public health recommendations about protecting themselves against the disease.
"It was almost like a joke in our group of friends," Debi Patterson explained.
"Did you wear a mask?" Jimenez asked.
"Nope," she replied.
"Did you hang out with your friends as normal?" he asked, to which she nodded her head.
‘Incredible baby’ Trump shredded by CNN host for attacks on the late John Lewis
President Donald Trump's interview with Axios reporter Jonathan Swan was still making waves on Tuesday morning, and CNN political director David Chalian called out the president for continuing to attack the late Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) less than one month after his passing.
During the interview, Swan asked Trump what he believed Lewis's legacy would be, and the president ranted about the civil rights icon refusing to attend his inauguration in 2017.
"I don't know John Lewis," Trump said. "He chose not to come to my inauguration."
‘It’s not a both sides thing’: CNN host battles Trump aide over hydroxychloroquine misinformation
CNN host Jim Sciutto took on White House trade adviser Peter Navarro on Monday about his evangelism of the drug hydroxychloroquine.
During an interview with Navarro, Sciutto noted that Assistant Health and Human Services Secretary Brett Giroir had recently said that there is no benefit in taking hydroxychloroquine to prevent or treat COVID-19.
"Given your past public support for it," Sciutto said, "is it time for the administration to focus on proven treatments for COVID rather than one that has not been proven?"