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Trump Campaign Press Release - FACT CHECK: President Trump Did Not Call The Coronavirus a 'Hoax'

October 07, 2020

[APP NOTE: Like all "Campaign Press Releases" this document was entirely the product of a partisan political campaign.  It is archived at the APP as part of the record of campaign communications. The APP has not assessed the accuracy of any claims made here either pro or con.]

This false claim has been debunked by 8 fact checkers.

Joe Biden continues to repeat a lie debunked by at least 8 fact checkers. The president never called the coronavirus a hoax.

  • The Washington Post gave Biden's claim 4 Pinocchios for manipulating video to falsely make it appear that President Trump called the coronavirus a "hoax."

  • AP News: "Biden distorts Trump's words on virus 'hoax'"

  • CNN: "Biden ad misleadingly suggests Trump called Covid-19 a 'hoax'"

  • Politifact: "Biden's video is inaccurate. We rate it False."

  • "Trump said that when he used the word "hoax," he was referring to Democrats finding fault with his administration's response to coronavirus, not the virus itself."

  • Check Your Fact: "Trump referred to the alleged 'politicizing' of the coronavirus by Democrats as 'their new hoax.' He did not refer to the coronavirus itself as a hoax."

  • Lead Stories: "Trump Did NOT Call Coronavirus A 'Hoax' Or 'Political Conspiracy"

  • Snopes: "Trump did not call the coronavirus itself a hoax."

APP Note:  This document was NOT prepared by the APP, nor does its inclusion here reflect any APP judgment, pro or con, on it's accuracy.  This is a campaign press release from the Trump Campaign--one of many we have archived (as we have archived many from the Biden Campaign). The controversy relates to remarks Trump made in a campaign rally on February 28, 2020.

Donald J. Trump, Trump Campaign Press Release - FACT CHECK: President Trump Did Not Call The Coronavirus a 'Hoax' Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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