There is one great axiom with respect to Donald Trump, and that is this: No matter how low you think he has sunk, he can go down several rungs lower still. The man has no bottom. He is not only without scruples, he is without the basic awareness from whence discernment comes. He does not know the difference between gold and dross, gold being whatever suits his fancy and promotes his agenda at any given moment in time.
For a few days now, it has been his good pleasure to disparage New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, mainly because Cuomo is doing daily on-air briefings himself, and is a credibility figure and a comfort in this time of pandemic, which Trump emphatically is not. Nevertheless, Trump trashed his credibility yet again today when he read a long-debunked conspiracy theory article, from the right-wing website Gateway Pundit, which is the lowest of the low, stating how Andrew Cuomo “complains” about ventilators, but rather than buying them, establishes death panels — or something. To read Gateway Pundit on the air is a new low, even for Trump. I guess the National Enquirer will be next, as his source of expert opinion.
Holy shit. Trump just accused Cuomo of establishing "death panels" – an insane, debunked, bullshit Fox News conspiracy theory – AT THE SAME TIME HE'S LITERALLY TRYING TO GET PEOPLE BACK ONTO THE STREETS AMID A PANDEMIC WHICH WILL COST THOUSANDS OF LIVES.pic.twitter.com/VDJme5hZFP
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) March 24, 2020
Media Bias ranks Gateway Pundit as “low credibility” and “questionable source” – which describes Trump himself.
The Gateway Pundit is an extreme right news and opinion website that is not afraid of conspiracy theories and the occasional publication of falsehoods (see analysis). The website was founded by Jim Hoft in 2004 to “speak the truth” and to “expose the wickedness of the left.”
According to their about page “The Gateway Pundit is one of the top political websites. It is consistently ranked as one of the top political blogs in the nation. TGP has been cited by Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, The Drudge Report, The Blaze, Mark Levin, FOX Nation and by several international news organizations.”
In their dreams they’re “a top political website.” But they write copy that Trump can use to trash his enemies, so he has no problem quoting them on television. You might have noticed that even the Fox News host is laughing nervously.
That's the equivalent of stockpiling toilet paper 5 yrs ago on the chance that we wld have a situation like what is going on now in stores….and this is the president of the US
— Adrian Newbill (@atp35) March 24, 2020
Trump just read out a headline from the very bad website Gateway Pundit claiming Cuomo established "death panels" instead of buying ventilators.
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) March 24, 2020
OMG!@realDonaldTrump @Cuomo has been a beacon for ALL OF US. He has done EVERYTHING he can to get supplies (masks, gowns, ventilators) including complimenting you at times.
You. Are. So. PETTY and jealous of his LEADERSHIP capabilities. PEOPLE ALL OVER THE COUNTRY TRUST CUOMO.
— Independent Voter (@DiggityDogDo) March 24, 2020
Again, this is vintage Trump. When faced with unpleasant reality, make up wild stories, throw lies and innuendo at the wall and hope that something sticks. New Yorkers despise the man and they come by it honestly.