President Trump Blasts Democrats Over Their ‘Fake Ads’ About Him: “I Never Said That The Coronavirus Is A ‘Hoax'”

President Donald Trump blasted Democrats on Twitter Saturday for “spending money” on “fake ads” that claim the Commander in Chief called the Coronavirus a “hoax”.

In February, the president held a campaign rally in South Carolina and made comments during a speech in which he accused Democrats of “politicizing” the coronavirus outbreak.

On March 2, 2020, Snopes fact-checked the “hoax” claim. Here are President Trump’s exact words on the topic at the South Carolina rally:

“Now the Democrats are politicizing the coronavirus. You know that, right? Coronavirus. They’re politicizing it. We did one of the great jobs. You say, ‘How’s President Trump doing?’ They go, ‘Oh, not good, not good.’ They have no clue. They don’t have any clue. They can’t even count their votes in Iowa, they can’t even count. No, they can’t. They can’t count their votes.

One of my people came up to me and said, ‘Mr. President, they tried to beat you on Russia, Russia, Russia. That didn’t work out too well. They couldn’t do it. They tried the impeachment hoax. That was on a perfect conversation.

They tried anything, they tried it over and over, they’ve been doing it since you got in. It’s all turning, they lost, it’s all turning. Think of it. Think of it. And this is their new hoax. But you know, we did something that’s been pretty amazing. We’re 15 people [cases of coronavirus infection] in this massive country. And because of the fact that we went early, we went early, we could have had a lot more than that,” the president said. Continued Below

“The Do Nothing Democrats are spending much of their money on Fake Ads. I never said that the CoronaVirus is a ‘Hoax’, I said that the Democrats, and the way they lied about it, are a Hoax,” the president tweeted on Saturday.

“Also, it did start with ‘one person from China’, and then grew, & will be a ‘Miracle’ end!” President Trump added.

As reported by FactCheck: The Democratic super PAC Priorities USA Action has been running an ad falsely suggesting President Donald Trump called the coronavirus outbreak a “hoax.” Video Below

As reported by FactCheck:

At the beginning, the ad splices together two quotes to have Trump saying, “The coronavirus, this is their new hoax.” It is obvious in listening to the ad that he said, “The coronavirus,” and, “this is their new hoax,” at different times. His voice sounds quite different in the two segments, FactCheck notes.

But on the screen, “The coronavirus, this is their new hoax” appears as a single sentence. Trump did use the word “hoax” but his full comments, and subsequent explanation, make clear he was talking about Democratic attacks on his administration’s handling of the outbreak, not the virus itself, as per FactCheck.

On April 13, the Trump campaign sued WJFW-NBC of Rhinelander, Wisconsin, for defamation for running the ad, which has been running in some version in swing states almost continually since March 24, according to Advertising Analytics, at a cost so far of about $2.5 million.

15-second version of the ad also appears online as part of a digital ad campaign.

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Various news media outlets and personalities also reported that the president called the coronavirus a hoax. As an example, Politico had run a story in February headlined “Trump rallies his base to treat coronavirus as a ‘hoax.’” Politico has not updated their article, despite being checked by independent fact-checkers.

February Facebook screenshot.

Meanwhile, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) both claimed President Trump called the coronavirus a “hoax” during two separate interviews, which aired last Sunday.

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Pelosi and Schumer again on Thursday and Friday pushed the same claims on MSNBC: