Trump vaunts his TV ratings amid virus pandemic
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Mar 30, 2020,
Mar 30, 2020, 0:27
This turned out to be a laughable disconnect with reality; as of March 29, there are 135,000 confirmed cases in the USA, with more than 2,000 deaths - a number that has shockingly doubled from 1,000 just a few days earlier.
Apparently, the odd-time series of tweets was in reaction to a New York Times article from the previous week that talked about the number of people tuning in regularly to see him inform the nation about the crisis.
While millions of fearful Americans are self-isolating, uncertain of what the future will hold, many having lost their incomes, Trump demonstrated his mind is occupied with something else: himself.
Priorities USA said the ad was still running in Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin and would be expanded into Arizona over the next few weeks. "We'll keep telling the truth and holding Donald Trump accountable". Trump said. "Polls are showing tremendous disapproval of Lamestream Media coverage of the Virus crisis".
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The Trump campaign told Bloomberg that it sent the letter to TV stations in those states, as well as Minnesota. "It's meant to intimidate". Trump is likely to address why he backed away from his idea to quarantine the NY tri-state area to contain its surge of coronavirus cases.
"PUSA's ad's central point is deliberately false and misleading, your station has an obligation to cease and desist from airing it immediately to comply with FCC licensing requirements, to serve the public interest, and to avoid costly and time-consuming litigation", he wrote in the letters. "So I'm retweeting it", Adam Parkhomenko, a co-founder of the 2016 Ready for Hillary Super PAC, tweeted on Wednesday.
However, fact-checkers have said it is wrong to claim that Trump ever called the coronavirus a hoax.
"It's one person coming in from China, and we have it under control", Trump continued then.