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Over the course of the 2020 campaign, then-President Donald Trump held crowded rallies packed with thousands of his supporters in his effort to secure a second term. He also spent months parroting baseless and outright false claims about the devastating pandemic, frequently contradicting his own officials in the process.
A study published late last year found that Trump's reelection campaign rallies contributed to at least 30 thousand cases of the highly contagious virus, while Trump mocked now-President Joe Biden for holding smaller gatherings that complied with CDC guidelines against them.
Just over two weeks into his tenure, Biden will fly on Air Force One for the first time as President on Friday, returning to his home state of Delaware for the weekend.
Despite its own spread of disinformation surrounding the pandemic, Fox News reported that Biden—who has been vaccinated and is flying on a private government plane—was flouting CDC guidelines.
Biden flying to Delaware despite CDC warnings to avoid travel https://t.co/NwOhjutfDW— Fox News (@Fox News)1612534043.0
Beyond the headline, the article qualifies:
"Biden, who has a home outside Wilmington, Delaware, is expected to fly on Air Force One and will avoid much of the travel risks associated with commercial flights or traveling on other methods of public transportation like bus or train."
It goes on to mention Trump's own usage of Air Force One during the pandemic:
"Former President Trump made multiple trips to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla. amid the pandemic last year."
Twitter users slammed Fox for its headline.
Here's how you know the Biden administration is off to a decent start: Fox is resorting to "ooOOoOooOo Obama had fa… https://t.co/u9TKC5zMTN— Parker Molloy (@Parker Molloy)1612536727.0
Maybe making a big show of defending Fox as a serious journalistic entity—like the other networks, just a bit diffe… https://t.co/ulolNvEK7A— Brian Beutler (@Brian Beutler)1612537964.0
Biden is flying on Air Force One. The presidential plane. He's not taking Amtrak like he did for decades. Trump fle… https://t.co/PuIvkP4BkW— Victoria Brownworth (@Victoria Brownworth)1612538804.0
Do they think he’s flying on Southwest? https://t.co/v8q3hUR5hr— The Hoarse Whisperer (@The Hoarse Whisperer)1612553531.0
Fox News is pulling out all the stops to get their QOP audience back from Newsmax and OAN. https://t.co/8YVcQEdV5c— David James Peterson 🇺🇸 (@David James Peterson 🇺🇸)1612536509.0
They didn't hesitate to point out the network's hypocrisy.
He's fully vaccinated, he's masked, he's going on Air Force One (!!), and he is NOT - repeat, NOT! - going there to… https://t.co/2dGX6yDxpp— Mehdi Hasan (@Mehdi Hasan)1612542025.0
Funny how they never expressed concern about Trump holding massive rallies during the pandemic. One of them killed… https://t.co/CH7E5Do77V— Drew Savicki 🦖🦕🦖 (@Drew Savicki 🦖🦕🦖)1612542757.0
Trump travels nationwide for indoor rallies •Fox News: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Trump holds White House super spreader events •Fo… https://t.co/S5OHRwITZL— Qasim Rashid, Esq. (@Qasim Rashid, Esq.)1612538427.0
Remember all the similar stories @FoxNews did when Trump was flying around the country holding super-spreader event… https://t.co/4nQeCn6WxX— David Corn (@David Corn)1612535012.0
Shortly after, Fox began trending on Twitter.