22 March 2024
Decision 2020: Voters! Review the game film before the replay.

It’s been 11 days since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the coronavirus a pandemic; 22 since the first death was announced the in the U.S.; and 62 since the first case in the U.S.

The virus has infected more than 19,000 Americans and killed more than 200.

President Donald Trump has “belatedly comprehended the epic scale of the coronavirus pandemic,” according to columist David Smith at The Guardian.

Having procrastinated at the outbreak of the pandemic, this was the week Trump regained his footing and began to thread a narrative aimed at his re-election.

“I look at it, I view it as, in a sense, a wartime president. I mean, that’s what we’re fighting,” he said earlier in the week.

Nevertheless, misinformation and disinformation is rampant. Much of it has come from the White House, where Trump continues to refer to the pandemic as the “Chinese virus.”

President Donald Trump began March with a barrage of false claims about the coronavirus pandemic – understating the extent of the crisis, overstating the availability of tests, inaccurately blaming his predecessor and wrongly insisting that the crisis was unforeseen.
Trump made 50 false claims from March 2 through March 8, then 21 false claims from March 9 through March 15. Of those 71 false claims, 33 were related to the coronavirus. That is on top of some additional misleading claims from Trump about the coronavirus (we only count the false claims here), plus some false and misleading claims from members of his administration.
Trump is now averaging about 57 false claims per week since we started counting at CNN on July 8, 2019. From that date through March 15, he has made 2,062 false claims in all.


The American Federation of Teachers endorsed Joe Biden today.


Relevance to 2024

Trump has mocked Biden’s stutter in campaign rallies.

Trump’s propensity to attack and dissemble is legendary. Campaign staff also spread direct lies and misinformation. For example yesterday, the Washington Post quoted senior Trump campaign advisor Jason Miller: “President Trump has never mocked Joe Biden’s speech impediment. He’s simply called out the fact Biden is a cognitively impaired, low-IQ individual.”

CNN’s Jake Tapper performed an on-the-air fact check during the Thursday edition of “The Lead.”


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