Trump's Friday night effort to weaponize coronavirus against his enemies has already aged poorly - 2020-02-29

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F0.png Trump's Friday night effort to weaponize coronavirus against his enemies has already aged poorly February 29, 2020, Aaron Rupar, Vox

It took just a few hours for comments President Donald Trump made about the coronavirus during his rally on Friday evening in South Carolina to come back to haunt him.

During the rally, Trump — who has systematically dismantled America's pandemic response capabilities since taking office and proposed huge cuts to both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health as recently as earlier this month — noted that "so far we have lost nobody to coronavirus in the United States" and then tried to tarnish the media by saying, "you wonder — the press is in hysteria mode. CNN, fake news."

During another part of his speech, Trump referred to Democrats' alleged efforts to politicize the Trump administration's preparations for a possible outbreak here at home as "their new hoax."

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