MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell accused Fox News of lying about the coronavirus outbreak, which he said was done “deliberately” and endangered millions of people’s lives, Wednesday night on his show.
O’Donnell said, “Eight senators vote against the Coronavirus Response Act. They are all Republicans. And today, the first two members of Congress to reveal that they have tested positive for COVID-19 are Republican Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida and Democratic Ben McAdams of Utah. Donald Trump stopped taking the pandemic lightly and now falsely claims he always knew it would be a pandemic even when he said it was a hoax. And Fox now takes the pandemic seriously. That is a very sudden switch for Fox where one Fox host said that the coronavirus hoax as the President called it was the latest attempt by the Democrats to impeach Donald Trump.”
He continued, “The sudden switch to taking the pandemic seriously at Fox proves that Fox was lying about it deliberately for weeks and weeks when they were lying in the way they believed Donald Trump wanted them to lie. And when they were doing that every single day they were doing that, they were endangering millions of people’s lives and endangering your life because we are all in this together, this the risk pool for coronavirus. We’re all in that same risk pool with Republican Congressman Devin Nunes, who is encouraging people to go to restaurants and show their public defiance of a virus this weekend. That is what Republicans and Trumpism and Foxism was just days ago. We’re all in the same risk pool. As the Republican Governor of Oklahoma who proudly tweeted a picture of himself and his young children this weekend at a busy restaurant in Oklahoma where he was encouraging people to gather together because he still believed Fox.”
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