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The establishment media continue to treat President Donald Trump with a level of contempt and disrespect unseen in the modern era, as evidenced once again last week during a segment on CNN.
Host Brianna Keilar opened the 1p.m. EDT programming hour accusing the president of being “deliberately negligent” over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic before accusing him of literally “killing Americans.”
“This is a nation in crisis. We are watching leaders who are in denial and it’s killing Americans,” Keilar said, adding that the president “knowingly puts Americans at risk by holding indoor rallies and events and by cutting funding for coronavirus testing.”
The host also said that the president “doesn’t even acknowledge the collective loss of the nation. Instead, he turns the pandemic into a racist punchline for his rally-goers to cheer.”
Keilar then said that “the president is focused more on sending troops to protect statues of dead Confederate generals than on protecting American lives.”
She then scoldingly played a clip of Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis “lecturing states and the media for not opening up fast enough and for warning Americans about the life and death risk of the virus.”
In the clip, DeSantis blasted the media and other critics who predicted — and even seemed to hope — that his state would become inundated with coronavirus cases due to the state’s large retiree population.
DeSantis noted that the media “waxed poetically for weeks and weeks about how Florida was going to be just like New York. Wait two weeks, Florida is going to be next. Just like Italy, wait two weeks. Well, hell, we’re eight weeks away from that and it hasn’t happened.”
And while cases are rising there and elsewhere around the country now, ‘cases’ very often only means that someone has tested positive for coronavirus, not that they are deathly ill or even in need of hospitalization — a qualifier that Keilar did not acknowledge.
Earlier, Keilar also falsely claimed that President Trump “wants testing slowed down, putting him at odds with members of his own task force, who say it should increase and it will increase.”
During his rally in Tulsa earlier this month, the president said that the more testing the U.S. does, the more cases arise, suggesting, tongue-in-cheek, that perhaps the country should slow testing to slow the number of cases.
The media and Democrat critics jumped on the comments, as they have in the past when the president makes such remarks, to claim that he wanted testing slowed around the country.
But the head of the White House coronavirus task force, Dr. Anthony Fauci, flatly refuted those claims.
“I, as a member of the task force and my colleagues on the task force to my knowledge — I know for sure — but to my knowledge, none of us have ever been told to slow down on testing. That just is a fact,” he told the House Energy and Commerce Committee last week.
As for Keilar, she went on to agree with former National Security Advisor John Bolton, who claimed that Trump “looks at everything through the prism of his re-election.”
Before introducing senior political correspondent John Avlar, Keilar predicted that Trump’s alleged “deliberate negligence” will be “one of the things that will stand out the most about his presidency when history judges it.”
The same media that is attacking the president over his rallies amid the coronavirus pandemic have also given Leftist protesters who have demonstrated against administration policies, as well as those protesting the George Floyd incident, last month a pass.
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