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President Donald Trump has accused the ‘left-wing fake news media’ of exaggerating the US COVID-19 death toll to undermine his chances of re-election.
His comments follow months of failing to properly implement any form of consistent pandemic lock down across all states, despite warnings from medical experts that measures such as closing businesses and social distancing are key to reducing further outbreaks.
“The LameStream Media is the dominant force in sensationalising the amount of people who have died from coronavirus in the hope that it will be detrimental to my election success” he tweeted.
At a White House coronavirus media briefing, Trump followed up with an aggressive denial of the media’s reported numbers when it comes to American citizens who have been maimed or killed by COVID-19
“The media would like to see me do poorly in the election” he said.
Challenged by a reporter, Trump said: “Just so you understand – are you ready? – I think there are certain people that would like to make it look like I haven’t handled this pandemic that well. I think there are certain people that would like it to look like more people have died because they think that would be very good as far as defeating me at the polls.”
The Pesident added: “I don’t know if that’s so, but I do think it’s so that there are people in your profession that would like people to think that this virus has killed a lot of Americans. I think it’s very clear that there are people in your profession that write fake news.”
Trump went on to accuse the leftist fake news of reporting that 200,000 people had died of coronavirus on Monday, when in reality, only 196,993 had died at that point.
“And I know that the death toll is now at 205,000… But that isn’t the point”
“The fact is, Joe Biden’s radical left-wing media is consistently rounding up numbers to the closest 10,000”
“That is dishonest, and is clearly an attack on me and my administration, who work day in and day out to make America great again”
“Just think back to how bad things were under Obama. And how good they are now. Even with all of the riots and mass graves, which the Biden has also caused to undermine me”