Trump Calls Out Woodward Hypocrisy

Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America via Wikimedia Commons

Donald Trump is confronting Bob Woodward’s assertion that the President kept Americans in the dark regarding the severity of the Coronavirus. Trump publicly called out the journalist for not releasing Trump’s comments earlier if he truly believed they were “so bad or dangerous.”

Trump has been clear that his choice to downplay the pandemic was because he did not want to cause “a panic”, urging American’s to remain “calm.”

Fox News reports:

As for the comments about the severity of the virus, the president defended himself Wednesday, saying: “You cannot show a sense of panic,” while downplaying Woodward’s book as “just another political hit job.”

And White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Wednesday echoed a similar sentiment, saying: “When you are facing insurmountable challenges, it is important to express confidence, it is important to express calm.

“He makes clear that he doesn’t want to see chaos, by the way, which is the second part of the quote which you failed to read,” she continued, addressing a reporter who had read part of the quote.

“The president just days after having this discussion with Bob Woodward, said this from this podium, on March 30, he said, ‘I do want them to stay calm, we are doing a great job, if you look at the individual statements they are all true, stay calm, it will go away but it’s important to stay calm,’” the press secretary said. “So this president does what leaders do — good leaders — it’s stay calm and resolute at a time when you face an insurmountable challenge.”

It seems that this feud is just only getting started between the two.

    1. My family….barely survived the Spanish Flu. My mother was orphaned, because of the Spanish Flu. The result is…that I have never been the least bit ‘casual’ about the Wuhan Flu.

      A good leader, does NOT share their fears with their constituency. EVER.

      Private thoughts, are just that. People NEED to have hope, so a leader ……has to project a calm, careful and responsible manner as they go about their job….doing whatever is required to protect and care for the people who elected him. THIS…is precisely what was projected.

      When President Trump chose to block ALL incoming flights from China, with the exception made for returning Americans, the Democrats called him…xenophobic, Biden told everyone to not be fearful, and Pelosi went so far as to go to China Town…and on camera, invited everyone to party!

      I knew then, that this was not the “usual” Influenza, and that it was more like…if not the same Influenza…as the Spanish Flu. If you didn’t figure this out, back then…you are either a fool, or an idiot. I’m thinking the latter.

      1. Trump’s grandmother was widowed as a result of the 1918 flu. Yet, he didn’t seem to know that. This was brought up with he was visiting the CDC, where he remarked that “I didn’t know the flu could kill you.”
        Uh, yes, it can

        1. Not everyone…passes along the real causes of deaths.
          The simple fact of the loss of a family member, is about all people feel up to…for sharing. The loss of his grandfather happened about 25 years before President Trump’s birth, and at that length of time having passed, I would be very surprised if his parent’s would have thought about sharing that information.

          I’m a family genealogist, directly due to my mother losing her mother when she was only 2, and not just her mother, but also her newborn baby sister. By Feb 1920, the official cause of deaths were NOT being listed as “Spanish Flu”, but simply as…. “Influenza” and “Pneumonia”. This was to keep from causing further panic. Official history, limits this pandemic to “just” 1918-1919, but…it began in 1917 and then into 1920…by about 3-4 months. The Spanish flu, was as contagious as the Wuhan Flu, and it “flitted about the U.S” with the rural areas being randomly hit in its last swipe!! About a year later, mom’s father died in a train accident. So, digging for my mom’s family and their history, was high on our “to do list”. In fact, I’m now 70+, and I’m still digging.

          I’ve often been surprised, that once a couple of years have passed, just how much isn’t remembered or bothered with. The “present” lives and issues of the living, always take precedence. Very much like, “whack a mole”, and we don’t have much time to think about anything else. Many people submerge themselves in “today”….so as to not dwell on …..or get past, the losses of close family members.

  1. Didn’t Roosevelt even say, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself”? He was trying to calm the public, but the difference is, he was a DEMOCRAT!!!

    1. Yes, and he went on to describe the issues

      In such a spirit on my part and on yours we face our common difficulties. They concern, thank God, only material things. Values have shrunken to fantastic levels; taxes have risen; our ability to pay has fallen; government of all kinds is faced by serious curtailment of income; the means of exchange are frozen in the currents of trade; the withered leaves of industrial enterprise lie on every side; farmers find no markets for their produce; the savings of many years in thousands of families are gone.

      More important, a host of unemployed citizens face the grim problem of existence, and an equally great number toil with little return. Only a foolish optimist can deny the dark realities of the moment.

      …It will disappear, like a miracle it will disappear …

      …15 cases will soon be zero…

      …it’s like the flu…

      Donald Trump

      Fearful of Truth

  2. After all the things Woodward has stood for and done in the past fifty years, anyone who believes him now has not been paying attention.
    His book is nothing but his opinions expressed as “news”.

    1. Exactly!

      Well, except for the Trump interviews transcribed verbatim, where as early as Feb. 7th, he knew the virus was 5 times deadlier than flu. Oh and there’s more. You should check it out!

  3. Woodwards book is another TDS nothing burger.
    Trump said publically to America on March 30th “To stray Calm” Now Woodward tries to spin it aht saying that to a nations was wrong.
    The left so lacks anything on Trmp that they ar now tryig to spin the good things into being bad things.
    Leftism is a form of mental illness

    In Noahs day none of the leftist were allowed onto the Ark. That must be the reason todays leftist hate God, Family and Judeo Christianity.

  4. How can Trump accuse Woodward of hypocrisy when he was the architect in chief of such behavior? Shameful that this supposed media outlet would let him get away with that


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