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But denying a frightening reality is a pattern of behavior for Trump. As the latest recordings from journalist Bob Woodward’s interview with the President reveal the starkest account of the President’s willingness to mislead the public on matters of science and public health. Woodward’s interview reveals that Trump knew just how dangerous the coronavirus was but continued to downplay risks and attack leaders taking action to protect their citizens.
Why This Matters: What the President says matters. Estimates show that over 80% of COVID-19-related deaths could have been prevented in the U.S. through a better response. And now that President Trump is denying the urgency of climate change and supporting conspiracy theories, people are succumbing to fake news and refusing to leave their homes when prompted to evacuate.
More on Woodward:As Vox wrote about the latest recordings from the Woodward interview with Trump, the President said one thing privately, and another thing publicly.
There are many parallels between these actions and how the conservative media ecosystem is amplifying Trump’s lies. Trump apparently acknowledges science in private and denies it in public, which perhaps is a ploy to distract from the fact that he lacks a plan to address both the coronavirus pandemic as well as the climate crisis.
By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor The House Oversight and Reform Committee has announced an investigation into the fossil fuel industry’s disinformation campaigns on climate change after an undercover video released this summer showed an ExxonMobil lobbyist admitting that the company had fought against climate science. Executives from several big oil companies, the American Petroleum […]
The Biden administration has reached out to Congress on everything from a solar power blueprint to an infrastructure plan with tax incentives for clean energy which the President has called an “economic imperative and a national security imperative.” But the GOP has turned their trunk up at all of it — making the GOP refusal of otherwise bipartisan, common-sense measures an […]
By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer On Friday, the United States and the EU will convene to announce a global agreement to cut methane emissions. This announcement will occur after a virtual, closed-door climate summit in preparation for the COP26 this November. “We are grateful to be working with the European Union and partner countries […]
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