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PeteS in CA:
I've been using some of my info-packrattery to become an info-terrorist on FB. So for your amusement and maybe useful ammunition ...

Did Trump really say that Covid-19 (2019-nCov) is a hoax? The Trump speech in question was at a February 28, 2020 rally in South Carolina. Here is a transcript of his speech, https://www.rev.com/blog/transcripts/donald-trump-charleston-south-carolina-rally-transcript-february-28-2020 . And this is the relevant passage from the speech (a bit before and after the "07:07" point):

"... Now the Democrats are politicizing the coronavirus, you know that right? Coronavirus, they’re politicizing it. We did one of the great jobs. You say, “How’s President Trump doing?” They go, “Oh, not good, not good.” They have no clue. They don’t have any clue. They can’t even count their votes in Iowa. They can’t even count. No, they can’t. They can’t count their votes.

One of my people came up to me and said, “Mr. President, they tried to beat you on Russia, Russia, Russia.” That didn’t work out too well. They couldn’t do it. They tried the impeachment hoax. That was on a perfect conversation. They tried anything. They tried it over and over. They’d been doing it since you got in. It’s all turning. They lost. It’s all turning. Think of it. Think of it. And this is their new hoax. But we did something that’s been pretty amazing. We have 15 people in this massive country and because of the fact that we went early. We went early, we could have had a lot more than that. ..."

Trump called the Trump-Russia Collusion falsehood and impeachment hoaxes. And Trump called the Democrats' politicization of Covid-19 a hoax, not Covid-19 or the 2019-nCov virus. Snopes admits this, https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/trump-coronavirus-rally-remark/ , and FactCheck.org does as well, https://www.factcheck.org/2020/04/democratic-ad-twists-trumps-hoax-comment/ , calling out a manipulated video clip in a "Priorities USA Action" ad.

PeteS in CA:
Did President Trump really talk about injecting bleach as a treatment for Covid-19, as many media people claim? It's easily fact-checked, because the transcript of the relevant, April 23rd press conference is available online, https://www.rev.com/blog/transcripts/donald-trump-coronavirus-press-conference-transcript-april-23 . It was a long press conference, with multiple speakers from Trump's White House Corona Virus Task Force.

Starting around 29:46, Trump did talk about using UV light inside the body as a disinfectant. As far-fetched as that may sound, he was probably alluding to this device developed by Cedars-Sinai and licensed to Aytu BioScience for production, https://apnews.com/press-release/accesswire/b44f4531071e6204023f7b8e16f59d4b which can bring UV light inside patients' lungs. Note that this product announcement was made public three days before the April 23 press conference with Trump and Corona Virus Task Force members.

At about 34:05, a reporter - not Trump - made the first mention of bleach in the conference. Trump's response made clear they were talking about cleaning and disinfecting surfaces, not about injections.

Playing "Did they Really Say it"....

Last night Biden claimed Antifa didn't exist.


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