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TRUMP REPORTEDLY KNEW HOW DEADLY COVID-19 WAS IN EARLY FEBRUARY AND INTENTIONALLY LIED TO THE PUBLIC 

PLANNED PARENTHOOD VOTES
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, September 9, 2020
CONTACT: Planned Parenthood Votes Media Office; 212-261-4433; [email protected]
Planned Parenthood Votes Pressroom


Washington, DC — Today, Bob Woodward released an audio recording of a February conversation where Trump confirmed that COVID-19 was deadly, airborne and highly contagious — a stark contrast from what Trump long told the general public, when he went as far as calling the pandemic a hoax. The Trump-Pence administration's failure to be transparent and take critical steps to meet this moment ultimately cost thousands of lives. Their incompetent leadership, and lack of a clear and coherent strategy, has yielded a grossly inadequte response to this emergency.   

Statement from Jenny Lawson, Planned Parenthood Votes executive director:

“The irony of someone who traffics in fear-mongering suddenly claiming that he’s been trying to avoid a public panic would be laughable if it wasn’t so disturbing. The tape released today shows Donald Trump intentionally lied about the severity of the deadly COVID-19 virus. It’s alarming, disqualifying, but, unfortunately, not surprising. The Trump-Pence administration has been lying about public health and ignoring science for the past four years. This time, Trump said the quiet part out loud. Instead of leading us through this crisis, Trump pushed to re-open states early, downplayed the virus, and continued to push to repeal the Affordable Care Act — jeopardizing health care for millions during a pandemic. Now with nearly 200,000 people dead, it is clear that Trump cannot be trusted to lead us through this pandemic, or to lead our country for the next four years. We deserve a leader who will listen to scientists and doctors and tell us the truth. Planned Parenthood Votes is committed to getting Joe Biden and Kamala Harris elected this November.”

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