Al Gore: Trump is Learning He Can’t ‘Gaslight’ the Coronavirus
Former Vice President blasts Trump over coronavirus handling
Former Vice President Al Gore claimed President Donald Trump has learned he can't gaslight the coronavirus during an interview on CNN with Don Lemon.
“[I] was one of many who, when he said I accept no responsibility for it — I kind of shook my head, remembering Harry Truman saying ‘the buck stops here,'” Gore said.
“But here’s why I don’t want to dwell on that, Don," Gore added,
"I feel especially badly for those who really follow President Trump and believe in him, and, you know, there are quite a few people in our country that do.”
“I don’t agree with his policies, but those who follow him, I’m afraid many of them have been misled into thinking that some of his earlier statements about using the word ‘hoax,’ and used it in a specialized way, but saying it was going to disappear, those kinds of things — I feel badly for those who believe that stuff and have not been protecting themselves,” he continued.
“And we still have states that have not adopted the kind of policies that Dr. Fauci and the real experts have advised, partly because they — they’ve made it kind of a political, partisan kind of issue.”
Gore said Trump learned he couldn't “gaslight a virus,” and was forced to accept facts, which he said should be a process applied to the so-called climate change issue.
“Now, I think the president, to his credit, has been moving away from that. Now, I think he’s learned that you can’t gaslight a virus," Gore said.
"You’ve really got to pay attention to what the scientific facts are. And by the way, we need to do that where the climate crisis is concerned, too, because it’s exactly the same thing.”
Former Vice President Al Gore says he gives President Trump credit for recently changing his rhetoric about the spread of novel coronavirus— CNN Tonight (@CNNTonight) March 31, 2020
"He's learned you can't gaslight a virus. You've really got to pay attention to what the scientific facts are." https://t.co/GB2odVr8Dd pic.twitter.com/M5yUDtsj3W
“I don’t want to get into political potshots at him,” Gore added.
“I want to encourage him to continue the kind of change we’ve seen in the last 24 hours.”
But "gaslighting" is precisely what the media have done to Trump.
Earlier this month, The New York Times deceptively edited a quote from Trump's call with state governors to create a false impression he was withholding ventilators.
In Trump's message, he recommended that states procure ventilators because it would be quicker, adding the federal government “will be backing you.”
But the Time journalists edited out the bulk of the president’s statement and shared an out of context quote on social media.
Meanwhile, Don Lemon even called for complete censorship of Trump's live coronavirus briefings.