Trumpists Claim They’re Winning War on Covid-19

However, Americans won’t believe spin when bodies still piling up

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Florida scientist Rebekah Jones claims she was fired for refusing to falsify Covid-19 data. (Syracuse University)
Coronavirus: Donald Trump says US is ‘winning’ war against Covid-19

Getting People to Believe Lies

The repetition of lies is how you get people still believing President Barack Obama was born in Kenya. Right-wing media has repeated it a million times, so it’s stuck in people’s minds. And they’ll still believe it, no matter how much rock, solid information they have. It’s become a zombie lie that refuses to die.

The Nazis were also masters at propaganda. The quote “If you tell a lie enough times, it becomes the truth,” has been attributed to Adolph Hitler. And that’s the scary thing about propaganda, you can make people believe anything. I often tell people that if you gave me a $20,000 per month PR contract, I could make you believe the Devil is Mother Teresa.

President Donald Trump, a skilled media manipulator, also recognized this and built his political career on the ridiculous birther lie. I suspect that like former Republican Rep. Joe Walsh, he knew it was a lie, but it played well with Republican crowds. Birtherism tied into their racist hatred of everything about Barack Hussein Obama.

Winning the War on Covid-19

But Trump is sticking to his age-old formula with the coronavirus pandemic. He thinks he can BS his way out of this. And he’s been doing this since the outbreak of the disease. Even though he received multiple warnings about the disease, in February he called it a hoax and claimed it would go away.

Faking the Facts

Florida is another example of how right-wingers are trying to create an alternative reality about the coronavirus. Florida scientist Rebekah Jones claims she was fired after she refused to provide false data about the coronavirus.

Fox News Doubles Down On COVID-19 Skepticism

Manny Otiko writes about race, politics and sports. He has been published in Salon and LA Weekly. Follow him on Twitter @mannyotiko.

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