President Trump on Monday altered his rhetoric on coronavirus while straining tough not to admit he had undersold the danger Inquired about his past comments that the circumstance was under “control,” Trump tried to maintain he meant the action was under control, not the virus itself.
However he’s not the only one refusing to admit he offered people dodgy suggestions.
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) on Sunday morning urged people to go to bars and dining establishments, even while Dr. Anthony S. Fauci was on other shows prompting the opposite. Trump then on Monday echoed Fauci, saying the administration was urging individuals to “prevent discretionary travel, and prevent eating and drinking at bars, dining establishments and public food courts.”
That left Nunes with some clean-up work to do. So he required to the friendly boundaries of Sean Hannity’s Fox News show, where he tried to suggest he was speaking about takeout– not actually eating at the restaurant.
Devin Nunes clarifies his remarks from this weekend and says he meant you might opt for takeout/drive-thru regardless of saying you could take your family and get in easy. pic.twitter.com/GizfR1BvT0
— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) March 17, 2020
” So what I was stating is you have empty dining establishments, you can go through the drive-through, you can do takeout. It’s a terrific location to go,” Nunes said. “The media freaks can do what they desire, but they’re threatening lives here by continuing this panic when we have no food lack in this nation.”
It’s a clarification that might have been great in the 36 hours between his preliminary comments and his Hannity interview, however Nunes’s workplace didn’t react to multiple demands from The Washington Post for more comment.
It’s also an explanation that doesn’t truly hold water.
In his discuss Fox News on Sunday morning, Nunes had this to say: “If you’re healthy– you and your household– it’s a fun time to go out and go to a local dining establishment. Likely you can get in simple. … Go to your local pub.”
At no point in the interview did Nunes say that he was speaking about takeout or drive-through. In fact, he stated, “Likely you can get in easy”– which recommends there would be no wait for seating. (One also questions the number of people are ordering takeout from a “bar,” though undoubtedly I’m not acquainted with the establishments in Nunes’s district.)
Nunes, however, wasn’t the only on handling the fallout from his bars-and-restaurants guidance and refusing to back down. Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt (R) drew criticism over the weekend for publishing a photo of him and his household consuming at a dining establishment that stated, “Eating with my kids and all my fellow Oklahomans at the @CollectiveOKC. It’s jam-packed tonight!”
Stitt later erased the tweet and on Sunday declared a state of emergency situation. However then his workplace once again went against the recommendations of Fauci and health officials, informing CNN on Monday, “The guv will continue to take his household out to dinner and to the grocery shop without living in worry and encourages Oklahomans to do the exact same.” (The remarks came before Trump weighed in but well after Fauci’s comments.)
As I noted Monday, this attitude has penetrated the GOP, with a poll this weekend showing simply 12 percent of Republicans had stopped or prepared to stop going to restaurants and bars. A Marist College/NPR/PBS NewsHour poll on Monday also revealed just 40 percent of Republicans viewed coronavirus as a “genuine risk,” versus 54 percent who stated it was being “overplayed.”
It’s a time in which officials would do well to pick their words carefully to ensure they comply with the assistance from health officials– and now even with the guidance we’re obtaining from Trump. Trump was asked Monday about the suggestions Nunes and Stitt had actually provided, which Trump said he was unknown with. After it was (accurately) summed up for him, he noted that Oklahoma isn’t yet tough hit but added, “I would disagree with it” and “It’s unfavorable to what the experts are saying.”
It is, and no quantity of attempted clean-up is changing that.
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