I’d love for President Donald Trump to simply declare that “2+2=4,” because you know there’s someone out there in the media that would actually try to dispute it.
There’s no shortage of examples of the media reversing on prior reporting simply because Trump said something in agreement with it, and during a global pandemic, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo himself is giving the media an assist.
Earlier in the month, on March 6th, Cuomo reported the depressing fact that medical supplies were being stolen from hospitals. “Not just people taking a couple or three, I mean just actual thefts of those products,” Cuomo said at a press conference. “I’ve asked the state police to do an investigation, look at places that are selling masks, medical equipment, protective wear, feeding the anxiety.”
On Sunday Trump made a comment to the same effect, noting how massive the increase in demand for masks was – even in the midst of a pandemic. “How do you go from 10 to 20, to 300,000? Ten— to 20,000 masks to 300,000? Where are the masks going? Are they going out the back door? How do you go from 10,000 to 300,000? And we have that in a lot of different places. So, somebody should probably look into that, because I just don’t see, from a practical standpoint, how that’s possible to go from that to that.”
And in response, Cuomo demonstrated that he’s either a partisan hack or has the memory of Ten Second Tom. “I don’t know what he’s trying to say” Cuomo said on Monday during his daily coronavirus briefing in response to Trump’s comment echoing exactly what he said weeks ago. “In terms of a suggestion that the PPE equipment is not going to a correct place, I don’t know what that means. I don’t know what he’s trying to say. If he wants to make an accusation then let him make an accusation. But I don’t know what he’s trying to say by inference.”
Meanwhile, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, who was still encouraging people to congregate in public three weeks ago, also joined in to call Trump’s allegations “insulting.” He should complain about Cuomo first, but we all know he won’t.