After months of missteps and dismissals, President Donald Trump addressed the nation on Wednesday night to announce the steps he and his administration would be taking in order to curb the spread of COVID-19, the highly contagious new strand of coronavirus.
The speech was widely panned, with Trump constantly botching facts and announcing policies that didn't actually exist.
At a time of such uncertainty, Trump's regular disregard for accurate information caused even more confusion.
Shortly after the address, CNN anchor Don Lemon began analyzing the speech with former Republican presidential candidate John Kasich, and things quickly go tense.
Lemon was dumbfounded when Kasich said that Trump's speech was "fine."
Oh man! You gotta check out this back-and-forth between Don Lemon and John Kasich in which Lemon straight-up admon… https://t.co/3SkZtGKor6— Justin Baragona (@Justin Baragona) 1583981713.0
Lemon pointed out the importance of the President distributing accurate information, especially in circumstances like pandemics, where only the response is in his control:
"I just got to say, if the president came out to calm people's fears, he didn't do a good job of it because they've had to come back and clarify it several times. This has been going on long enough for them to get it straight. We need straight, accurate information from this president and from this administration, and we're not getting it."
Lemon is right. The White House rushed to clarify points and policies announced by Trump during the prepared speech—such as a suspension of all trade and travel from Europe to the United States. That didn't do much to give people faith in Trump's knowledge and preparedness for the situation.
Nevertheless, Kasich continued to commend Trump for supposedly taking the speech seriously enough to not rail against Democrats.
People widely sided with Lemon.
Don lemon is right. Dotard went on tv and read crap that is now known to be invitrect so much do his handlers are o… https://t.co/ur3Px4h9lX— President Kamala’s Hand (STILL) (@President Kamala’s Hand (STILL)) 1583983492.0
Go OFF Don Lemon! https://t.co/63aNvYQYRh— Rebecca Theodore-Vachon (@Rebecca Theodore-Vachon) 1583996397.0
So good. I wish all the hosts had been doing this for the past 3 years. https://t.co/C9Zmr663LB— Wicked Big RU Mob Thug In The WH Blues 👎⚖️✨🇺🇸 (@Wicked Big RU Mob Thug In The WH Blues 👎⚖️✨🇺🇸) 1583983186.0
Good for Don. https://t.co/exzjtBvUxd— KidsAreOurFuture (@KidsAreOurFuture) 1583983760.0
People also pointed out that Kasich commending Trump for his tone indicated just how little the nation has come to expect from its President.
Want to know how low the bar is for Trump? John Kasich thinks #Trumpspeech was “fine” bc he had a good “tone”, and… https://t.co/v4xcCLvHtS— April (@April) 1584010853.0
The sad thing is John Kasich was trying to give credit to Trump...bc he used a serious tone. Really. That’s where w… https://t.co/vIwVz8YQ33— ✭Becca✭ (@✭Becca✭) 1584008046.0
Tone over accurate information. You all are hearing this, right? Tone? https://t.co/PEpCMVQlHD— Coach Fah. Host of The Candid Corner (@Coach Fah. Host of The Candid Corner) 1584018784.0
Kasich made headlines last year when he came out in support for Trump's impeachment. After this segment, it's good to know that Kasich will give credit where credit isn't due.