Politics, Moderate



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

By Rex Huppke, Tribune Content Agency on

And then he said: “I’m not going to drive this country or the world into a frenzy.”

Tweet from Trump, Jan. 2, 2018: “North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the ‘Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.’ Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!”

I can think of no instance where this president hasn’t done all he can to bring Americans together and keep them calm and free from fear.

So surely he’s telling the truth about why he downplayed the coronavirus. And surely there’s nothing he could have done to save American lives by speaking frankly and honestly about COVID-19.

Trump speaking on March 13, 2020: “I don’t take responsibility at all.”

I know this pandemic has had his full and complete attention.


Trump speaking on Sept. 10, 2020: “I watched Lou Dobbs last night, Sean Hannity last night, Tucker last night, Laura. I watched Fox & Friends in the morning.”

And I’m sure the American people, with the exception of the nearly 200,000 citizens who died from a virus the president chose to downplay, agree.


Rex Huppke is a columnist for the Chicago Tribune and a noted hypocrisy enthusiast. You can email him at rhuppke@tribune.com or follow him on Twitter at @RexHuppke.)




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