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Chuck Todd was buried under a torrent of backlash after he gave the slightest nod of approval to President Donald Trump.
The MSNBC anchor was slammed by the left on Wednesday after he ventured into unknown territory appeared to give a scant note of praise for the president as he suggested Trump had “turned a corner” on the wearing of masks.
Chuck Todd, going full Chuck Todd: “At least on the mask front, the president has turned a corner.” pic.twitter.com/1yaDONH44x
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) July 22, 2020
The vicious criticism of Todd followed a panel discussion in which the “Meet the Press: Daily” host commented on Trump’s coronavirus task force news briefing and his remarks about wearing masks as a preventive measure against COVID-19.
The president has been commenting on the wearing of masks, calling mask-wearing “patriotic” and urging Americans to take the precaution to combat the coronavirus, noting at Wednesday’s briefing that his administration was considering “abiding” by local mask mandates.
We are United in our effort to defeat the Invisible China Virus, and many people say that it is Patriotic to wear a face mask when you can’t socially distance. There is nobody more Patriotic than me, your favorite President! pic.twitter.com/iQOd1whktN
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 20, 2020
“We’re asking everybody when you’re not able to socially distance to wear a mask,” Trump had said Tuesday. “Whether you like masks or not, wear a mask.”
Todd remarked on the apparent change in tone and stance by the president on the topic and mentioned it during the MSNBC panel discussion later Wednesday.
“I don’t think, like I said, I don’t think we got a lot, perhaps the most newsworthy item out there was the president said in the next 24 hours they were gonna decide if the federal government would abide by a local ordinance like the one Washington D.C. has put in about mandating masks,” he said.
“The fact that he said they’re thinking about it is probably, shows you that at least on the mask front, the president has turned a corner,” Todd added.
Cue the liberal and anti-Trump meltdowns.
“I tweeted something earlier today assuming a media personality would both sides or whitewash Trump even as he unleashes his militia on citizens. I was hoping to be wrong…and enter Chuck Todd,” Wajahat Ali, The New York Times opinion writer, tweeted.
I tweeted something earlier today assuming a media personality would both sides or whitewash Trump even as he unleashes his militia on citizens. I was hoping to be wrong…and enter Chuck Todd. https://t.co/OXF017zOZv
— Wajahat “Wears a Mask Because of a Pandemic” Ali (@WajahatAli) July 23, 2020
“Baby s—s the bed. One day he stops s—ting the bed. And instead s—s in a nice piece of China & places it under the bed and reporters say ‘what a brave big boy.’ Please stop with these ulcer-inducing bad takes. 140,000 plus Americans are dead because this monster doesn’t care,” actor Josh Gad tweeted.
Baby shits the bed. One day he stops shitting the bed. And instead shits in a nice piece of China & places it under the bed and reporters say “what a brave big boy.” Please stop with these ulcer inducing bad takes. 140,000 plus Americans are dead because this monster doesn’t care https://t.co/wiDOpw7kPH
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) July 22, 2020
This is why we never need more #ChuckTodd. Never. Ever.
— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) July 22, 2020
The Lincoln Project’s Tom Nichols, a self-described “Never-Trumper,” commented on causing an “anti-Chuck Todd Riot” with his initial tweet.
Cripes, I was just criticizing one of Chuck Todd’s reactions, I didn’t mean to start a goddamn anti-Chuck Todd Riot.
— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) July 23, 2020
Others triggered by Todd’s comment continued to chime in.
Chuck Todd loves a horse race, even if one of the horses is charging through the stands stomping out spectators.
— Schooley (@Rschooley) July 22, 2020
Chuck Todd thinks objectivity means thinking both arguments are equally correct.
That’s actually just not having critical thinking skills. https://t.co/QhEBVTHP1n
— Dennis DiClaudio (@dennisdiclaudio) July 22, 2020
— Laurie Brookins (@StyleWriterNYC) July 22, 2020
“The corner of refusing to even encourage governors to adopt a mask mandate?” Pod Save America co-host Jon Favreau tweeted.
“F**k You @chucktodd,” economist David Rothschild said in a tweet.
Anyone who dared to question the attack on Todd quickly came under fire as well.
If you piss in the kitchen sink every morning but then start only pissing in the sink every few days, does that constitute “turning a corner” on the pissing in the sink front?
I leave you to draw your own conclusions. https://t.co/5Fl0agvXVL
— Dennis DiClaudio (@dennisdiclaudio) July 22, 2020
But for some Twitter users, watching the left eat its own was solid entertainment.
it gives me strange satisfaction when I see the left going after Chuck Todd. Hahahh.
— Joe Pags Pagliarulo (@JoeTalkShow) July 22, 2020
The left eating their own is pure bliss. Keep it coming!!!
— jasongoodin (@jasongoodin) July 23, 2020
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