The 15 most mind-boggling quotes from Trump’s coronavirus conferences

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A daily brainwashing of the press with attacks on enemies and propaganda video reels…no this is not a history lesson. Meet the leader of the free world, Narcissist-in-Chief Donald Trump.

Since March 16, there were 35 coronavirus press briefings. President Trump spoke for over 28 hours. Between April 6 and April 24 alone, the President spoke for over 13 hours.

By hogging the microphone, he left half this time for Dr.Deborah Birx (head of the administration’s virus response) and Vice President Mike Pence (coronavirus task force leader). As for Dr.Anthony Fauci, the top infectious diseases expert, he had a mere 2 hours.

Who needs to hear from the experts?

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The nation was looking for guidance on the deadly COVID-19 pandemic. The United States is the global epicenter with over 1 million cases and the highest death count in the world, with over 65,000 Americans dead.

To watch the President’s press briefings, you would never know the country was in a crisis. Trump spends most of the time rambling, self-congratulating, and attacking others.

President Trump does not care about bad press—his biggest fear appears to be no press.

Here are some of the most mind-boggling quotes from the President’s coronavirus briefings:

1. Best of everything

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“So we have the biggest economy, the greatest economy we have ever had, the highest employment numbers, the best employment numbers, best unemployment numbers, also, the best of everything.”

Over 26 million Americans are jobless because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Unemployment has soared to over 20%. If by “best unemployment” the President meant the highest, then he is spot on.

2. Brilliant enemy

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“This is a brilliant enemy… There’s a whole genius to it, we’re fighting, not only is it hidden but it’s very smart.”


Praising the brilliant genius of the virus—not The Onion. Here’s the original briefing.

3. Ventilators

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“But nobody’s asking for ventilators.”

How strange, isn’t there a critical nationwide shortage of ventilators.

4. Disappearing virus

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“One day – it’s like a miracle, it will disappear.”

On February 27, President Trump assured the nation during his White House briefing that the situation “was under control” and going to disappear. He defended this claim last Tuesday.

5. Facebook’s biggest fan

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“I have, you know, hundreds of millions of people. Number one on Facebook. Did you know I was number one on Facebook?”

Besides the inappropriateness of the statement at a coronavirus press briefing, it isn’t even true. The President has many people above him on the Facebook popularity ladder, including Justin Bieber, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Barack Obama.

6. A disgrace

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“You’re so — you’re so — you’re so disgraceful. It’s so disgraceful, the way you said that.”

Trump responded this way when a reporter asked what was done with the time bought by the ban on flights coming in from China in February.

7. Fake, fake, fake

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“And so the story in The New York Times was a total fake. It’s a fake newspaper, and they write fake stories.”

What was he so angry about? The scathing report from the New York Times analyzed the failures in the Trump Administration’s response to the pandemic. It was based on emails, interviews, and documented evidence.

8. The right stuff

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“We did the right thing. Everything we did was right.”

To prove just how “right” everything was, on April 13 the President interrupted the White House briefing to show a film. It was a montage of clips and soundbites praising the Trump administration in their handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

Propaganda-style film reels being screened in the White House…nothing strange about that.

9. the big boss

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“When somebody is the president of the United States, the authority is total. And that’s the way it’s got to be.”

“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” - 10th Amendment

10. Right stuff…again

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“We’re going to tell you about other things that we have done right.”

Who needs to hear about the pandemic in the pandemic briefing? Talk some more about how great you are.

11. Advising himself

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“I think I took — I think I took my own advice on the ban. I don’t know.”

12. Stock market brags

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“We’re going to have the best stock market week — shortened week — in 50 years, almost broke the all-time record”

The President loves a good record. Highest unemployment figures since 1940. Worst death toll from COVID-19 in the world. Stock market crash with a historical plunge for the Dow Jones. Famous or infamous…it’s all the same to Trump.

13. All press is good press

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“I don’t mind controversy. I think controversy is a good thing, not a bad thing.”

For the President, this is just another episode of the Apprentice show right?

14. Wait and see

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“You’re going to see. I don’t want to tell you now, but right now, we have a very strong indication that we know pretty much, we have some good ideas.”

Perhaps we should slow down on the “good ideas.”

15. Let there be light

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“Suppose that we hit the body with a tremendous, whether it’s ultraviolet or just very powerful light”

Better than injecting disinfectants?

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