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Always-calm Trump lied about coronavirus but patriotically made sure no Americans died of panic

By Rex Huppke, Tribune Content Agency on

I can tell you this: If there’s one thing President Donald Trump does not want to do, it’s create a panic.

Tweet from Trump, Sept. 10, 2020: “If I don’t win, America’s Suburbs will be OVERRUN with Low Income Projects, Anarchists, Agitators, Looters and, of course, ‘Friendly Protesters’.”

Many Americans are outraged over revelations that Trump told journalist Bob Woodward in February that he knew the coronavirus was “more deadly than even your strenuous flus” while he was publicly saying the virus might be less deadly than the flu.

Trump also acknowledged to Woodward in March, according to the recorded interview: “I wanted to always play it down. I still like playing it down, because I don’t want to create a panic.”

Precisely. This president loathes anything that might create panic.

Tweet from Trump, Sept. 8, 2020: “If Biden gets in, this violence is ‘coming to the Suburbs’, and FAST. You could say goodbye to your American Dream!”

 

His years in office have demonstrated nothing if not a dedication to maintaining calm.

Tweet from Trump, Aug. 8, 2020: “Sleepy Joe Biden just agreed with the Radical Left Democrats to raise Taxes by Three Trillion Dollars. Everyone will pay - Will kill your Stocks, 401k’s, and the ECONOMY. BIG CRASH! #MAGA”

On Wednesday night, President Trump discussed the need to save Americans from a plague of coronavirus panic with Fox News host Sean Hannity: “I’m the leader of the country. I can’t be jumping up and down and scaring people. I don’t want to scare people.”

Tweet from Trump, July 15, 2020: “Joe Biden and the Radical Left want to Abolish Police, Abolish ICE, Abolish Bail, Abolish Suburbs, Abolish the 2nd Amendment – and Abolish the American Way of Life. No one will be SAFE in Joe Biden’s America!”

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