Posted on September 9, 2020 9:19 pm

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Journalist Bob Woodward dropped a tell-all book earlier this week that alleges President Donald Trump purposely downplayed the severity of the Chinese coronavirus pandemic.

The left-wing media flocked to the book and are currently using it to hammer the President. Just one issue. The “bombshell” allegations in the book were told by Trump publicly himself back in March.

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The audio tapes that were recorded by Woodward are “even more devastating than Nixon’s tapes,” claimed Carl Bernstein on CNN.

A New York Times headline read, “Trump Called the Coronavirus ‘Deadly’ in Private While Minimizing Its Risks in Public, Book Reveals.” 

Deadline’s headline read: “Donald Trump Admits Downplaying Threat Of Coronavirus As CNN Reveals First Big Bombshell Of Bob Woodward Book.”

This “bombshell” that the media is screaming about is no bombshell at all according to Becket Adams at The Washington Examiner considering President Trump made similiar comments publicly back in March.

“There was an entire news cycle with headlines such as, ‘Trump just acknowledged downplaying the coronavirus threat: ‘I knew it could be horrible’’ and ‘Trump Just Admitted to Downplaying the Seriousness of the Coronavirus Threat,’” Adams reported.

That was in April, after Trump on April 1 said at a White House press briefing that he “knew [the coronavirus] could be horrible, and I knew it could be maybe good.” He said: “I don’t want to be a negative person. It’d be so much easier for me to come up and say, ‘We have bad news. We’re going to lose 220,000 people, and it’s going to happen over the next few weeks.’”

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During a press conference, the President said, “Somebody said, ‘Oh, I wish he’d be more negative.’ … Well, this is really easy to be negative about. But I want to give people hope too. You know, I’m a cheerleader for the country. We’re going through the worst thing that the country has probably ever seen.”

Check out what the Daily Wire had to say:

Even before that press briefing, Trump said he had downplayed the virus in order to avoid a panic. As The Daily Wire’s Joe Curl reported, Trump told reporters on March 30: “The statements I made are: I want to keep the country calm. I don’t want to panic the country.”

Trump said these same things to Woodward in February, March, and April.

Prior to his March and April admissions that he downplayed the virus to try and contain a panic, Trump told the American people that the coronavirus was not serious. On January 22, he said, “It’s one person coming in from China, and we have it under control. It’s going to be just fine.” A week later, he halted flights from China to the U.S.

Later in February, Trump again downplayed the virus, saying the cases would be “close to zero” and last maybe a “couple of days.”

Trump’s downplaying of the virus is its own issue, but the media’s collective memory loss on the issue suggests it wasn’t that big of a deal when they freaked out about in April, as they quickly forgot it ever happened.

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