Reprinted with permission from Alternet.
President Donald Trump used the free network air time he receives daily for what are supposed to be coronavirus press briefings to run a taxpayer-funded propaganda video for his re-election campaign.
Trump is defending his horrific performance in managing the coronavirus pandemic after several deep-dive bombshell reports from The New York Times and NBC News revealed just how damaging the President's ignoring of the crisis has been.
The president also had Dr. Anthony Fauci speak early during the "briefing" to reframe remarks he had made saying earlier mitigation efforts would have saved lives.
Many Americans are outraged over this latest stunt by Trump.
While we will not publish the Trump advertisement in full, here is Vox's Aaron Rupar commenting on the videos, calling them "Straight up North Korea-style propaganda."
We do not encourage watching this clip but are posting it for those who feel the need to see it. This is just a portion of wht was played.
Let's play "Where did it happen??? North Korea or the U.S.?" https://t.co/UvJX1mY6V9— Joy Reid (@Joy Reid)1586816847.0
CNN cut away quickly, calling it "propaganda."
Damn, CNN is not screwing around today. https://t.co/hXRk0Qz2Gs— Charlotte Clymer 🏳️🌈 (@Charlotte Clymer 🏳️🌈)1586816337.0
Here's CNN's Jim Acosta:
Jim Acosta: “The White House essentially tried to play a campaign style video in the White House briefing room defe… https://t.co/iSMUcIxypI— Keith Boykin (@Keith Boykin)1586816218.0
MSNBC hung on for far too long before finally cutting away.
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