In Angry Rant, Trump Accuses Media Of Wanting To Keep Country Closed To Hurt His Reelection

President Trump used his daily White House coronavirus briefing on Wednesday to rail against the press and Democrats, arguing that the main reason they oppose his idea to potentially reopen businesses by Easter is that they want the economy to fail to hurt his reelection prospects.

Trump on Tuesday said he wants businesses in vast swaths of the country to reopen by Easter Sunday, defying public health experts who say people need to continue isolating and social distancing for several months in order to bring the pandemic under control faster.

When CBS News reporter Paula Reid asked Wednesday if the president’s Easter timeline was linked to his political interests, Trump once again lashed out at the press.

“The media would like to see me do poorly in the election,” he said. “I think there are certain people who would like it not to open so quickly. There are certain people who would like [the economy] to do poorly because that would be very good as far as defeating me at the polls. I don’t know if that’s so, but I think there are people in your profession that would like that to happen. I think it’s very clear.”

“I think it’s very clear that there are people in your profession that write fake news,” he continued. “You do. She does. There are people in your profession that write fake news. They would love to see me, for whatever reason — because we’ve done one hell of a job. Nobody’s done the job that we’ve done. And it’s lucky that you have this group here right here for this problem, or you wouldn’t even have a country left. Okay?”

Trump made a similar argument on Twitter hours earlier.

“The LameStream Media is the dominant force in trying to get me to keep our Country closed as long as possible in the hope that it will be detrimental to my election success,” he tweeted. “The real people want to get back to work ASAP. We will be stronger than ever before!”

CNN anchor Jake Tapper ripped Trump on Twitter for the tweet, writing: “Just complete and utter nonsense. We’re reporting on what top health officials IN THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION are saying so as to responsibly deal with the pandemic and save lives.”

Trump also tweeted: “I hear that Fake News CNN just reported that I am isolated in the White House, wondering out loud, ‘when will life return to normal?’”

Tapper fired back: “THE PUBLIC NEEDS TESTS. THE SICK NEED VENTILATORS. HEALTH CARE WORKERS NEED PPE.”


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