Surprising no one, Donald Trump has turned the pandemic into an opportunity to grandstand in front of cameras and brag on Twitter about the TV ratings. Yes, lots of people watch the president’s press briefings because they’re hoping to get some announcement of a rope being thrown as they’re drowning.
Trump seems to largely be motivated by the desire to be considered the most important person around, which is why it was only a matter of time before he started attacking disease specialist Dr. Anthony Fauci, one of the few people up at that podium who speaks and behaves like an adult.
On Sunday, Trump finally broke and retweeted former GOP congressional candidate DeAnna Lorraine. Her tweet references an appearance made by Fauci on CNN and includes the hashtag #FireFauci.
It reads: “Fauci is now saying that had Trump listened to the medical experts earlier he could’ve saved more lives. Fauci was telling people on February 29th that there was nothing to worry about and it posed no threat to the US public at large.”
Trump quote-tweeted, writing above it, “Sorry Fake News, it’s all on tape. I banned China long before people spoke up.”
In his interview with Jake Tapper, Fauci was actually pretty hesitant to blame the president’s decision to delay social distancing orders. In the full clip, he insists that there are a lot of factors when it comes to the spread of disease and social distancing is only one of them.
When Tapper pressed, however, he does agree that they suggested the social distancing begin in mid-February rather than mid-March, and says, “You know, Jake, as I have said many times, we look at it from a pure health standpoint…We make a recommendation. Often, the recommendation is taken. Sometimes it’s not. But we—it is what it is. We are where we are right now.”
That’s not an accurate summary of the comments made by Dr. Anthony Fauci: pic.twitter.com/8P4aPCTEf1— Alex Salvi (@alexsalvinews) April 12, 2020
Clearly that was too much for the president’s fragile ego.