Recently after an interview with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Jake Tapper admitted that he allowed AOC to lie about President Trump and even thought about saying something about it, but didn't.
AOC said, "The beds and the capacity that we need in this country. And we're hearing it every step of the way from this administration. First, we were hearing that it's a hoax, then we were hearing that everything was fine."
This fake news started with a Politico article that claimed President Trump called the coronavirus a hoax. But carefully read this excerpt from the article and see if you notice anything:
President Donald Trump on Friday night tried to cast the global outbreak of the coronavirus as a liberal conspiracy intended to undermine his first term, lumping it alongside impeachment and the Mueller investigation.
He blamed the press for acting hysterically about the virus, which has now spread to China, Japan, South Korea, Iran, Italy and the U.S, and he downplayed its dangers, saying against expert opinion it was on par with the flu.
“The Democrats are politicizing the coronavirus. They're politicizing it,” he said. “They don't have any clue. They can't even count their votes in Iowa. No, they can't. They can't count their votes. One of my people came up to me and said, ‘Mr. President, they tried to beat you on Russia, Russia, Russia.’ That did not work out too well. They could not do it. They tried the impeachment hoax.”
Then Trump called the coronavirus “their new hoax.”
Did you catch it? All they did was say that he called it a hoax, they didn't actually provide a quote of him calling it a hoax. Why would they not provide a direct quotation when they literally just quoted him in the sentence before saying that? Because they've liars!
AOC just repeated the lie that President Trump called coronavirus a "hoax."
This is not true, and has been debunked by numerous fact checking sources.
— Abigail Marone ?? (@abigailmarone) March 22, 2020
Even fact checking website CheckYourFact.com declared that this was false:
Trump referred to the alleged “politicizing” of the coronavirus by Democrats as “their new hoax.” He did not refer to the coronavirus itself as a hoax. Throughout the speech, Trump reiterates his administration is taking the threat of the coronavirus seriously.
Jake Tapper confessed later that he knew that was Ocasio-Cortez said was a lie, but decided not to call her out on it.
“I thought about it, because the president did not call the virus a hoax. But I didn’t because he *did* call a hoax the concerns of those saying that the response from the president was insufficient and that he was downplaying the gravity of the crisis. And that too was a lie,” Tapper said.
“I guess that’s the problem with a politician who lies so often; while I agree that Democrats are mischaracterizing what he said, what he did say was also false so it’s tough to justify taking the time for a fact check when it’s not taking a stand defining the truth,” he added.
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