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With 219,000 Dead, Trump Says Media Are ‘Dumb Bastards’ For Reporting On Covid-19

Donald Trump referred to journalists reporting on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic as "dumb bastards" during a campaign rally in Arizona on Monday.

"They're getting tired of the pandemic, aren't they? Getting tired of the pandemic. You turn on CNN, that's all they cover," said Trump, pointing to the press at the back of the crowd. "You know why? They're trying to talk everybody out of voting. People aren't buying it, CNN, you dumb bastards. They're not buying it."

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White House Has Lied For Months About COVID Testing Of Trump

Questions continue to swirl around the timeline of Donald Trump's infection with the coronavirus. The White House continues to refuse to respond to questions about when Trump's last negative coronavirus test was — information that could help with contact tracing and pinpointing the source of the outbreak that is still spreading among members of the Trump administration and other government and military officials.

But even if the White House did release the information, it would be hard to know whether it's true, as the White House has lied about Trump's coronavirus testing before.

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#EndorseThis: When Trump Told The Truth About Covid-19 (For Just Under One Minute)

Whenever Donald Trump or any of his abject minions needs to defend this administration's horrendous abdication on coronavirus, the canned answer is that "nobody knew" how dangerous Covid-19 would prove to be. Of all Trump's thousands of lies, that may turn out to be the worst, because it has cost tens of thousands of American lives – with no end in sight.

The peculiar thing about Trump, however, is that he almost always confesses his crimes in public. He says the quiet part out loud. And that's what he did when journalist and author Bob Woodward interviewed him about the pandemic (for his new book Rage). Which the Lincoln Project has turned into a handy short video, suitable for sharing.

As the election approaches – and Trump tries to pretend he led the nation through this catastrophe – it's vital to remember every moment when the ugly truth emerged. Yes, #TrumpKnew.


Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons and one novel. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.