Outrage on MSNBC, After Trump Says Coronavirus 'Is Going to Disappear'

By Susan Jones | September 16, 2020 | 8:13am EDT
President Trump participated in an ABC town hall hosted by George Stephanopoulos on Sept. 15, 2020. (Photo: Screen capture)
President Trump participated in an ABC town hall hosted by George Stephanopoulos on Sept. 15, 2020. (Photo: Screen capture)

( - MSNBC's "Morning Joe" blasted President Trump on Wednesday morning for saying that coronavirus eventually will "disappear," even without a vaccine. ("But with a vaccine, I think it will go away very quickly," Trump added.)

The talking heads gave Trump no credit for participating in an ABC News town hall, answering questions that were sure to be hostile in tone (and they were), at a time when Joe Biden gets a pass for avoiding unscripted questions and interviews.

Trump told the ABC town hall in Philadelphia Tuesday night, "I think we did a great job" handling the pandemic:

"You were saying it was going to disappear," moderator George Stephanopoulos told the president.

"It is going to disappear. It’s going to disappear, I still say it," Trump said.

"But not if we don't take action, correct?" Stephanopoulos asked.

"No, I still say it. It's going to disappear, George."

A short time later, Trump -- pressed on the issue -- said:

"I don't want people to panic. And we are going to be OK. We're going to be OK, and it is going away. And it's probably going to go away now a lot faster because of the vaccines. It would go away without the vaccine, George, but it's going to go away a lot faster with it."

Stephanopoulos repeated, "It would go away without the vaccine?"

"Sure, over a period of time," Trump said. "Sure, with time it goes away."

"And many deaths," Stephanopoulos said.

"And you'll develop -- you'll develop herd -- like a herd mentality," Trump said. "It's going to be -- it's going to be herd-developed, and that's going to happen. That will all happen. But with a vaccine, I think it will go away very quickly."

Here's how MSNBC's "Morning Joe" handled Trump's "stunning admissions," describing his "herd" comment as "a slip of the tongue that might have revealed his true strategy for combating the coronavirus that would mean for the potential of millions more dead."

"This is a man adrift," said Willie Geist, a regular on the show. "He has no handle whatsoever on what's going on. He still wants it to magically go away. He's proposing herd immunity, which would kill millions of people, and saying a lot of people don't like to wear masks. So, top of mind, coronavirus, and he's not on it."

[No mention of Trump's effort to speed the development of a vaccine, which Trump also talked about at the town hall.]

Host Joe Scarborough said, "it's very clear, even four years into the job, he doesn't understand the issues, he doesn't know the issues, and 200,000 dead Americans into the coronavirus, he's still stumbling around with no strategy, and he actually, talk about a Freudian slip, he comes out and talks about herd mentality, then gets to herd-approved, or whatever he said..."

Host Mika Brzezinski decided it was time to play the video of Trump's remarks (quoted above) and here's how she introduced the video:

"This is incredible, because it's not that he's stupid -- he is -- but it's that he doesn't care that 2 to 3 million people may die, when he talks about herd immunity but doesn't even get the phrase right -- this is someone who doesn't care."

From there, the discussion turned to the swing state of Wisconsin, where -- according to Scarborough -- "law and order is very important there, but coronavirus is the key issue. And you have some older people in Wisconsin who are very concerned that Donald Trump still doesn't know what he's doing when it comes to this once-in-a-century pandemic..."

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