On Sunday, Donald Trump turned to Twitter to whine about “fake news.” Trump lashed out at the media and complained that the coverage of his administration’s response to the coronavirus outbreak has shown nothing, but “hatred” for him.
“I watch and listen to the Fake News, CNN, MSDNC, ABC, NBC, CBS, some of FOX (desperately & foolishly pleading to be politically correct), the [New York Times], & the [Washington Post], and all I see is hatred of me at any cost,” Trump tweeted. “Don’t they understand that they are destroying themselves?” he tweeted.
Trump has made attacking the media a staple of his presidency. He has repeatedly referred to media outlets as “fake news” and “enemy of the people.”
Trump’s latest attack on the media comes on the heels of several state and federal lawmakers called for Trump to step up and use his authority to help health systems across the nation that are overwhelmed by a surge of patients.
While appearing on CNN, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker stated that “states were overpaying for medical equipment and were being forced to compete with each other for much-needed resources. Rather than a competition, it should have been a coordinated effort by the federal government.”
“It’s a wild, wild West out there, and indeed we are overpaying for [personal protective equipment] because of that competition,” Pritzker said.
Just hours after Pritzker’s appearance on CNN, Trump tweeted that the governor shouldn’t “be blaming the Federal Government for their own shortcomings.”
Pritzker was quick to respond tweeting, “You wasted precious months when you could’ve taken action to protect Americans & Illinoisans. You should be leading a national response instead of throwing tantrums from the back seat. Where were the tests when we needed them? Where’s the PPE? Get off Twitter & do your job.”
On Sunday, Trump stated that he would reject calls to ramp up the production of critical medical supplies through the use of the Defense Production Act.
“We’re a country not based on nationalizing our business. Call a person over in Venezuela,” Trump told reporters. “How did the nationalization of their businesses work out? Not too well.”