…from the Washington Post
– First published … October 12, 2020 –
In a way, it’s the final insult to the American electorate. President Trump is badly distorting Anthony S. Fauci’s words into praise of his handling of coronavirus — at exactly the moment when Trump himself is emerging as a potential superspreader in his own right, in defiance of the spirit of everything Fauci has represented throughout this crisis.
Trump is set to hold a rally in Florida on Monday night, marking his official return to the campaign trail after becoming infected. But the Associated Press reports this remarkable tidbit:
The Trump campaign and White House has not indicated that any additional safety measures will be taken to prevent the transmission of the virus among those traveling on Air Force One, at the event site or at rallies scheduled for Pennsylvania and Iowa later in the week.
It’s in this context that we should view the current clash between Trump and Fauci, his top infectious-disease expert, over a new Trump campaign ad that has provoked Fauci’s ire.
The ad proclaims that the country is “recovering” from coronavirus, after Trump “tackled the virus head-on, as leaders should.” To buttress this laughable lie, the ad quotes Fauci saying: “I can’t imagine that anybody could be doing more.”
But that Fauci footage is ripped out of context to make it appear as if he were referring to Trump. As Post-fact-checker Glenn Kessler shows, it actually comes from an interview in which Fauci praised the dedication of the coronavirus task force, not Trump. In fact, Fauci was talking about the around-the-clock schedule of the task force more than anything else.
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