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NBC News’ Tom Brokaw exposed his own hypocrisy when he offered “credit where it is due,” in response to the empathy President Donald Trump expressed for those who have lost loved ones to the coronavirus.
That’s because more than once in recent days, Brokaw has criticized the president for his reaction to the pandemic.
He tweeted Wednesday: “pres trump now running the runaway virus invasion the same way he ran his casinos, football league, ties, sales schools how did that work out?”
pres trump now running the runaway virus invasion the same way he ran his casinos, football league, ties, sales schools
how did that work out?
— Tom Brokaw (@tombrokaw) May 6, 2020
“P Trump complains constantly how HE’S being treated. Rarely expresses empathy for victims of virus or economic tsunami. only offers false promise of triumphant recovery by nxt yr. he also has some left over casino stock for sale,” Brokaw tweeted Saturday.
P Trump complains constantly how HE’S being treated.
Rarely expresses empathy for victims of virus or economic
tsunami. only offers false promise of triumphant recovery by nxt yr. he also has some left over casino stock for sale
— Tom Brokaw (@tombrokaw) May 9, 2020
Before either of those tweets, Trump sat down for a Tuesday interview with ABC News anchor David Muir that Brokaw must have not watched until Sunday night.
“catching up. when the president was interviewed by david muir he was obviously affected when asked about covid victims. credit where it is due,” Brokaw tweeted.
catching up. when the president was interviewed by david muir he was obviously affected when asked about covid victims.
credit where it is due.
— Tom Brokaw (@tombrokaw) May 9, 2020
It was during the interview that Trump called the projected number of deaths in the U.S. “horrible.”
“I mean you’re talking about filling up Yankee Stadium with death, so I thought it was horrible. But it’s probably going to be somewhat higher.”
The president countered the media narrative criticizing him for early remarks about the coronavirus, saying he wanted to “be a cheerleader for our country.”
“I want to be optimistic, I don’t want to be Mr. Gloom and Doom,” he said. “It’s a very bad subject, I’m not looking to tell the American people when nobody really knows what’s happening yet, ‘Oh, this is going to be so tragic.'”
But it was a message to hurting Americans, in the face of claims Trump has no empathy, that Brokaw was clearly taking note of.
“I want to say, ‘I love you,'” Trump said. “I want to say that we’re doing everything we can … and I want to just say to the people that have lost family and have lost love ones and the people that have just suffered so badly and just made it that we love you.”
“We’re with you,” he added. “We’re working with you. We’re supplying vast amounts of money, like never before. We want that money to get to the people and we want ‘em to get better.”
In conclusion, President Trump said he stays awake at night thinking about the impact COVID-19 is having on the country.
“To the people that have lost someone there is nobody — I don’t sleep at nights thinking about it,” he said. “There is nobody that’s taking it harder than me, but at the same time I have to get this enemy defeated and that’s what we’re doing.”
As seen in the online response to his walk back, Brokaw was quickly informed that there will be no deviating from the “Orange Man Bad” narrative.
Is everybody drinking the koolaid now?!?!?! https://t.co/yvu1985oTp
— Amirahcana (@USAmirahcana) May 9, 2020
Tom, I don't know if you need a nap or a snack or more time to catch up, but don't. Just don't. https://t.co/2MSHVqrVdv
— DR. Wanda Little Fenimore 🌼🏳️🌈🌊🦁 (@WandaFenimore) May 9, 2020
Keep up, Tom: This interview followed days (weeks? months?) of Trump being criticized for his lack of empathy. No credit is due for a scripted response. https://t.co/tNcXhW6sGH
— John Seeley (@johnnyseeley) May 9, 2020
Have you been in the bleach? 🙄
— Addison Ore (@addyore) May 9, 2020
Is this the real Tom Brokaw? I hope not because that man wouldn’t be giving an inch to this President! Much less not type his tweets without proper capitalization!
— Valzbear (@valzbear14) May 9, 2020
Has your account been hacked? Because this is ridiculous.
— Courtney Unger (@Courtney_Unger) May 9, 2020
Come on Tom. 3 seconds of compassion transitioned into all about him. The response was scripted.
— Susan Hulett (@SusanHulett) May 9, 2020
— resistah sistah (@123LisaAnn) May 9, 2020
Tom, what did you have in your emails? pic.twitter.com/jW3Xql9LiG
— reneeanne (@readingrenee) May 9, 2020
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