For President Donald Trump, maintaining the economic trends he inherited from former President Barack Obama has been the strongest case for his reelection in November.
According to multiple reports, this is why the President routinely pushed against expanded testing and precautions for the virus that's gone on to kill over 140 thousand Americans.
As governors around the nation temporarily closed businesses and issued stay-at-home orders, Trump repeatedly railed against them. In some cases, he tweeted for anti-lockdown protesters to "LIBERATE" their states from said lockdowns.
Some governors, like Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, heeded Trump's calls.
Weeks later, Florida and other states that took Trump's advice on reopening are seeing spikes in new cases and subsequent hospitalizations.
But according to Presidential Counselor Kellyanne Conway, these governors have no one to blame but themselves.
Kellyanne Conway: "Some of these states... blew through our phases and they opened up some of the industries a litt… https://t.co/Tywvzu3Zm6— The Hill (@The Hill)1595437977.0
"Some of these states blew through our criteria, blew through our phases and they opened up some of the industries a little too quickly, like bars...Remember, the governors wanted complete latitude over when they would open their states. They pushed back heavily, handsomely, Republicans and Democrats, when it was falsely rumored that the President was going to be in charge of opening the states. He's a federalist. He believes in states' rights."
She claimed governors blew through the administration's Centers for Disease Control guidelines, but didn't mention that the President was actively contradicting these guidelines with his own statements.
Conway was reminded that Trump urged the governors to reopen their states. She countered that not all states heeded his advice and that he disagreed with Georgia's Republican governor, Brian Kemp, for opening hair salons as early as April.
She also championed Trump as an advocate for states' rights, but didn't mention that the President has unleashed anonymous militarized officers to detain protestors in unspecified locations in Portland, Oregon, despite opposition from state officials. The President said on Wednesday that he intends to do the same with Chicago.
People were quick to fact-check Conway.
@thehill Gee, I wonder who might have been encouraging states to reopen too quickly? https://t.co/D9VOMDeQoZ— Pé (@Pé)1595440097.0
@thehill No wonder , there was little to no leadership from Trump on the phases, and that was obviously done on pur… https://t.co/ApzsFfyaAL— Dan Damon (@Dan Damon)1595443952.0
@thehill Remember when your boss suggested liberation of those states from those exact measures...— Twit Twoo (@Twit Twoo)1595446797.0
@thehill I wonder if pressure from Kellyanne's boss had anything to do with blowing through phases and reopening "a… https://t.co/PQrn3nVnRB— 📩🗳 𝗗𝗮𝘆𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗡𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗺𝗯𝗲𝗿 𝟯: 1️⃣0️⃣4️⃣ 🗳📩 (@📩🗳 𝗗𝗮𝘆𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗡𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗺𝗯𝗲𝗿 𝟯: 1️⃣0️⃣4️⃣ 🗳📩)1595442974.0
@thehill May 18, 2020 and I quote,. "REOPEN OUR COUNTRY!" @realDonaldTrump to every state. If anyone's to blame,… https://t.co/2piQ9LoPuu— David Yogi Rodriguez (@David Yogi Rodriguez)1595445594.0
@thehill OMG, they were ENCOURAGED to open "too quickly" by the President. How dare she blame them for his incompetence.— Aprile Guarino 🐱 (@Aprile Guarino 🐱)1595439159.0
It seemed like Conway was throwing Republican governors under the bus.
@4everNeverTrump @UROCKlive1 @thehill Today KellyAnne was throwing the Red States under the bus for opening too quickly.— Less than 100 days. #Vote. #PittsburgCrawfords (@Less than 100 days. #Vote. #PittsburgCrawfords)1595450062.0
@thehill This is your reward gop governors for bowing to Trump. He will throw you under the bus every time— Eric Gallion (@Eric Gallion)1595439244.0
@thehill Wow!!! Republican Governors have been played.... So the Trump story will be told that it's the State's Go… https://t.co/FH9KSmeCsF— pppioe (@pppioe)1595444978.0
Trump is currently pushing for schools across the nation to fully open on schedule, but Conway's latest statement may call into question who will take responsibility if premature school openings result in case spikes.