Triggered MSNBC Host Rachel Maddow Tells Cable Networks to Stop Airing Trump’s Press Briefings [Opinion]

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MSNBC host Rachel Maddow wants television networks to ignore President Trump’s daily coronavirus briefings and refuse to air them to their viewers for what she claims is misinformation coming from the president.

After a series of Trump’s briefings saw Trump optimistically telling Americans the country would ultimately defeat the coronavirus, Maddow said she had heard enough.

BizPac Review reports:

Maddow had a meltdown because Trump expressed optimism over a French doctor’s small study that found a 100% cure rate using a malaria drug to treat the coronavirus.

Trump said he feels optimistic about the drug. However, he underscored that scientists must continue to run tests to confirm if the malaria drug can be useful for combating COVID-19.

During a segment on her show on Friday, Maddow lashed out, urging cable networks not to continue airing Trump’s remarks: “President Trump today was just flat-out wrong in public about this malaria drug that has gotten stuck in his mind! Quite some distance from the facts.”

“The president loves saying things like, you know, ‘There’s a drug we’ve got and it’s very effective. It’s approved already! Everybody’s gonna get it,’” she continued.

“He loves saying things like that because that would be a lovely thing to be able to tell people. Unless of course, that’s not true, in which case telling people a fairytale-like that is cruel and harmful and needlessly diverting and wildly irresponsible from anyone in any leadership role,” Maddow contended.

“It’s actually wildly irresponsible if somebody said that to you from a bar stool. But to get that from somebody at the presidential podium? Nevertheless, he keeps doing it!” she added per BizPac Review.

She continued:

“I feel like we should innoculate ourselves against the harmful impact of these ongoing false promises and false statements by the president by recognizing that when he is talking about the coronavirus epidemic, more often than not, he is lying.

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Even when he’s talking about what he has done or what he will do, he is consistently lying and giving you happy talk that is stuff that the federal government isn’t actually doing. And it’s making people around the country count on the fact that the federal government is doing that stuff when they’re not.”

The sooner we come to terms with that, I think the better for all of us. If it were up to me, and it’s not, I would stop putting those briefings on live TV. Not out of spite but because it’s misinformation.

If the president does end up saying anything true, you can run it as tape but if he keeps lying like this every day on stuff this important, all of us should stop broadcasting it. Honestly, it’s gonna cost lives.”

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