President Donald Trump attempted to honor fallen veterans and prisoners of war.
For most Presidents, expressing gratitude for veterans and reverence for the loss of those who died serving the United States is one of the most somber aspects of the job.
For Trump—as he demonstrated—it was yet another chance to rail against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other so-called enemies who dared critique him.
The President said:
"She's dancing in the streets of Chinatown trying to say, 'It's okay to come to the United States, it's fine, it's wonderful, come on in. Bring your infection with you.' Then she said, 'He should've done it earlier' about me. These people are sick."
This was a lie. The House Speaker didn't "dance in the streets" when she visited San Francisco's Chinatown, but went there to tell tourists that there was no reason to fear Chinese people due to the virus. This was only necessary because of rhetoric like Donald Trump's insistence on calling it "Chinese Virus," which led to a documented rise in hate crimes against Asian Americans.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, this wasn't Trump's only lie—as CNN fact checker Daniel Dale noted:
Trump tells veterans he got Choice (created in 2014); claims he inherited no ventilators (thousands); claims he nev… https://t.co/NfTjc0j5As— Daniel Dale (@Daniel Dale) 1590164025.0
Trump once again took credit for the Veterans Choice Act, signed by Obama, which expanded healthcare options for United States veterans. He attempted to blame Obama for the ventilator shortage he insisted didn't actually exist.
Lies, lies, and more lies.
So in other news, the lying liar in the White House is lying again. https://t.co/xq84jkAR2t— Cathy in Quarantine 🍸 (@Cathy in Quarantine 🍸) 1590167933.0
Tired of all the lies. https://t.co/10vdU6ztOh— Beth B-G (@Beth B-G) 1590170295.0
Donald Trump is a pathological liar. And the people who support and enable him are trash. 🗑 https://t.co/fr7E0urzHP— Keith Boykin (@Keith Boykin) 1590165392.0
Liars gonna lie. https://t.co/aDbDUx4elC— cwgrody (@cwgrody) 1590164144.0
His false anecdote about Pelosi received particular backlash.
Veterans died for free speech like these lies from @realDonaldTrump https://t.co/wiin0Un5A6— Betty Martinez (@Betty Martinez) 1590169791.0
Now trump’s lying on Pelosi, he lied on Obama & Dr. Fauci , so now Nancy’s turn, Donny can’t stand intelligent stro… https://t.co/l1V9Xmqugr— MJonesFreedomAnJusticeForAll (@MJonesFreedomAnJusticeForAll) 1590173355.0
insanity. No sane president uses a memorial day to attack political opponents. https://t.co/01UsFFkLim— Dr Taj Butterworth IV Esq (LCSW DDS MD PHD OPP) (@Dr Taj Butterworth IV Esq (LCSW DDS MD PHD OPP)) 1590172516.0
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