Leading up to the publication of his new book, Rage, legendary journalist Bob Woodward has released tapes of 18 shocking interviews he had with President Donald Trump.
In the recordings, the President openly admits to understanding the full danger of the pandemic and to lying about the threat to the American public.
This revelation, among many others in the tapes, ignited an uproar against the President. In response, Trump said Woodward himself was to blame for waiting so long to release the tapes.
Bob Woodward had my quotes for many months. If he thought they were so bad or dangerous, why didn’t he immediately… https://t.co/NE9YMVAgKV— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1599742970.0
Twitter, somehow, couldn't help but think the things President Trump said might be President Trump's fault.
why didn’t someone catch me lying sooner https://t.co/rxVE9qYfPH— kilgore trout, non mini-stroke haver (@kilgore trout, non mini-stroke haver)1599743156.0
Imagine presiding over the deaths of nearly 200,000 people and thinking you were somehow the victim.— Brian Klaas (@Brian Klaas)1599744136.0
This reads like a taunting note from a serial killer. https://t.co/he5TNsafDv— Christian Vanderbrouk (@Christian Vanderbrouk)1599743830.0
President Trump seemed to believe his tweet made a good impression, but most people reading it thought otherwise.
I doubt if “you wanted to stop me from letting all these people die you should have done it in february” is the com… https://t.co/TXbMjst9x6— Adam Serwer🍝 (@Adam Serwer🍝)1599745159.0
Trump’s efforts to distract from his own malice just end up proving the point: Even if Woodward had reported Trump’… https://t.co/R4ySsfbRlG— Amanda Marcotte (@Amanda Marcotte)1599744531.0
Since the release of Woodward's tapes, President Trump has also claimed he "downplayed" the danger of the virus to maintain calm in the U.S.
It doesn't seem like tweets like this are aimed at calming the populous, however.
@realDonaldTrump CALM!!!!! NO PANIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!— Dave Zirin (@Dave Zirin)1599743466.0
@realDonaldTrump Sir, thakn you for a very chill and relaxing last 8 months sir!!!!— Andrew Lawrence (@Andrew Lawrence)1599743911.0
@Candour99 @realDonaldTrump That’s exactly what he’s saying he did.— katie (@katie)1599743389.0
As a result of President Trump's lies about the seriousness of the virus and delays in reacting to it, thousands of Americans needlessly died.
@realDonaldTrump You lied to the American people, you caused the deaths of tens of thousands. You knew covid was… https://t.co/Lq5uNxbbnn— Michelangelo Signorile, subscribe to my newsletter (@Michelangelo Signorile, subscribe to my newsletter)1599743306.0
@realDonaldTrump "Why didn't the journalist warn the country that I was a dangerous maniac" is not going to play th… https://t.co/c5LHTS0EZ4— Holly Figueroa O'Reilly (@Holly Figueroa O'Reilly)1599743132.0
With President Trump, it's always someone else's fault. Always.
@TimRunsHisMouth @realDonaldTrump I love how POTUS’ answer is we should’ve depended on Woodward to save our lives i… https://t.co/BZOfpzrV4N— Eric (@Eric)1599743207.0
@realDonaldTrump So, now you are admitting that if America knew that you were misleading them, lives could have bee… https://t.co/PGFNmaaPCe— Mrs. Krassenstein (@Mrs. Krassenstein)1599743064.0
The United States deserves a President that tells them the truth, especially when American lives are at stake.