CNN’s Chris Cuomo Blasts Trump for Giving Hope on Coronavirus: ‘Get Real’
New host attack president for spreading message of hope
Cuomo, who is currently self-quarantining due to being infected by COVID-19, told Trump to "get real" following his message of hope.
"There can be no more letting politics reinforce our worst instincts. We need to build on our best instincts," Cuomo said.
"And that said, while I’m asking you all to do that, the man at the top refuses to change.”
The CNN host then played a clip from Trump’s press conference:
"Well, the cases really didn’t build up for a while, but you have to understand, I’m a cheerleader for this country.
"I don’t want to create havoc and shock and everything else. …
"I’m not going to go out and start screaming; this could happen; this could happen."
“That’s exactly what leadership is,” Cuomo said.
“Anybody can tell people what they want to hear. And make it easier. And then you know what you get?" he asked.
"Exactly where we are right now. That was the most asinine statement of leadership I have ever heard, and I can’t even dismiss it on the president having 102 fever like I do, because that is clear thinking from him.”
“I’m a cheerleader, so I’m going to lie to you about the realities that your parents, your loved ones and your kids face,” Cuomo continued in his rant.
“I’m not going to prepare the way I should because it reinforces the bulls**t I’m telling you, and I’m going to hope you’re okay with it. We’ve got to do better than that," he added.
"This president must do better than that," Cuomo continued.
"The good news is, he can. The bad news is, he refuses to. And that, I have no answer for. He said we’d be good by Easter.
"On Easter Sunday, you know what? I will be sick, and I will be sick for some time to come."
"And somebody telling me something else doesn’t make me feel any better. It makes me feel worse about them.”
But Cuomo failed to inform viewers that the clip he showed had been deceptively edited, leaving out Trump's remarks saying he is also taking steps to combat the spread of the virus.
On Tuesday, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper accused Trump of "hijacking" his own White House coronavirus task force press briefings.
Cooper said Trump was "determined" to rewrite the history of his early response to the coronavirus.
"If you tuned into it hoping you were going to hear from the country's top scientists, you were likely disappointed," Cooper began.
"What you mostly heard was the president. And what you saw was a hijacking," he said.
Last week, CNN's Don Lemon called for his network to discontinue airing Trump's daily coronavirus briefings because they've become his "new rallies."
CNN’s Don Lemon Wants Americans To Stop Watching Trump’s Corona Pressers— Neon Nettle (@NeonNettle) April 5, 2020
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During his nightly standoff with Chris Cuomo, Lemon said:
"I have said I don't think that you should really listen to what he says, you should listen to what the experts say."
"I'm not actually sure if you want to be honest, that we should carry that live," Lemon said.