Donald Trump retweeted messages from politically conservative former game show host Chuck Woolery that accuses the Centers for Disease Control and physicians of “outrageous lies” about the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Woolery alleges in one tweet that doctors and scientists, among others, are exaggerating the fallout of the coronavirus in order to hurt Trump’s reelection prospects.
“The most outrageous lies are the ones about Covid 19,” read Woolery’s tweet. “Everyone is lying. The CDC, Media, Democrats, our Doctors, not all but most, that we are told to trust. I think it’s all about the election and keeping the economy from coming back, which is about the election. I’m sick of it.”
That was followed by another tweet (also retweeted by Trump) declaring “This is so much evidence, yes scientific evidence, that schools should open this fall. It’s worldwide and it’s overwhelming. BUT NO.”
It’s not clear what “lies” Woolery was accusing the CDC of making.
But it’s disconcerting that the president of the United States would further dangerous remarks like these leading his followers into deeper disbelief about the ravaging effects of the coronavirus.
It’s worth noting that other countries are re-opening schools because they took far more stringent steps against the pandemic as it began.
Hi Chuck, ER doc here,
We’re not lying. It’s actually really horrible to see people die from COVID19.
And it’s not about the election. It’s actually still about the dying thing. And it’s preventable.
ps the economy only comes back when we manage COVID.
pss I’m also sick of it https://t.co/vg38luygBR
— Craig Spencer MD MPH (@Craig_A_Spencer) July 13, 2020
Greetings from Nova Scotia where we shut everything down, the feds gave people who lost their jobs 2,000 a month, and people pretty much wore masks and social distanced. We now have NO new cases and a couple active ones from a American travellers. Our cinemas are open even.
— French Canadian (@yankeecannuck) July 13, 2020
Hi Chuck, my dad and I used to watch your shows together. My dad was a lifelong Republican. He died of COVID-19 a few months ago and I’m pretty sure it had nothing to do with the election. I’m heartsick about it, too.
— Katie Jacobs Stanton (@KatieS) July 13, 2020
135,000 dead Americans strongly, but silently, disagree with you. #Covidiot
— Total Authority to Stay At Homebody (@StarveThuhBeast) July 13, 2020