It sure would be nice if the current administration could pull it together and act like a normal government for something as serious as the coronavirus, but apparently that’s too much to ask. During a House hearing to address the drone strike that killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo today refused to state that the coronavirus is not a hoax.
No matter how many chances he was given by Democratic Representative Ted Lieu.
The problem with @SecPompeo being too scared to even say #coronavirusus is not a hoax is not just that he lacks a spine, it also compounds the misinformation coming from the @realDonaldTrump Administration on an issue of life and death.#FridayThoughts https://t.co/SKVIm74HX5
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) February 28, 2020
The reason Rep. Lieu brought this up was that White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney reportedly called the coronavirus the “hoax of the day” at CPAC before the hearing.
“Donald Trump’s chief of staff Mick Mulvaney told the Conservative Political Action Conference that the coronavirus was the hoax of the day,” Lieu said. “Do you agree with Donald Trump’s chief of staff Mulvaney that the coronavirus is the hoax of the day?”
Pompeo, predictably, tried to dodge the actual question. But even when given an easier question to answer, he refused.
— Nancy Levine🌊 (@nancylevine) February 28, 2020
“Do you believe coronavirus is a hoax?” Lieu said. “I’m not going to comment on what others are saying,” Pompeo replied. “I’m just telling you what the Secretary of State is doing.”
As Lieu continued to try and get a straight answer, Pompeo dismissed the inquiry as a “gotcha moment,” calling it “not useful.” However, it does seem somewhat useful in a time when conspiracy theories on the subject seem to be spreading faster than the virus itself, with multiple important figures on the right suggesting that Donald Trump’s opponents are using (if not creating) the coronavirus to crash the stock market and make the president look bad.
So it would be nice if the Secretary of State could simply say that the virus is real. In his tweet, Lieu accused Pompeo of lacking a spine, but more importantly pointed out that his refusal to deny that the coronavirus is a hoax “also compounds the misinformation coming from the
@realDonaldTrump Administration on an issue of life and death.”
Many of his followers agree.
Excellent work Ted, and I say this not as a Democrat, but to see this man so scared of “the base” and his boss that he can’t just say “of course it isn’t a hoax,” is the scariest but best proof that #TrumpLiesAboutCoronavirus and his minions do too
— Michael Marston (@Michael4202512) February 28, 2020
Worst. Secretary. Of. State. Ever.
— Norman Ornstein (@NormOrnstein) February 28, 2020
It is not a hoax.
— Ethan Bearman, Esq. (@EthanBearman) February 28, 2020
Over 2000 people would tell you it’s not a hoax if they could. They can’t thought cuz they’re dead. #COVID19
— Mr. Wednesday (@MrWednesday11) February 28, 2020
The @realDonaldTrump and his minions are helping coronavirus spread by lack of action.@VP in charge of the response? He’s heading to FL for a fundraiser as the DOW drops another thousand points. Put a scientist in charge for heaven’s sake. No gag orders either!
— Patrick O’Connell (@poconnell2) February 28, 2020
This admin’s M.O.
1 Problem occurs
2 Trump lies about it making it worse
3 Pompeo lies making it even worse
4 People suffer because of their lies & incompetence
5 @senatemajldr refuses to help & blames others
6 @lisamurkowski refuses to help
7 GOP sit counting their bribe money
— Super J Man 🌊Ω🆘 (@JoeJ2009) February 28, 2020
This has gone beyond the point of ridiculous. These guys continue to put the public at risk as they have before and will again and nothing, not one single thing, will be done about it.
— Be The Change (@jansyellowcat) February 28, 2020
Absolutely unbelievable. I will never get over the sheer terror and cowardice of every person that serves in this monstrous administration.
— Tuxedosrevenge (@tuxedosrevenge) February 28, 2020
Can we have one normal day in this country?