Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson on Thursday complained to Fox News’ Sean Hannity that President Donald Trump is not receiving enough credit for his “incredibly courageous” handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
Carson, a member of Trump’s coronavirus task force, cited the president’s February decision to stop foreign nationals who had recently visited China from entering the U.S. ― a talking point frequently invoked by Trump and his defenders to counter critics pointing out the president’s slow and chaotic response to the pandemic.
Trump and members of his administration have been fiercely criticized for downplaying the threat of the outbreak for weeks. Even now, after seeming to acknowledge the human toll and economic devastation caused by the pandemic, Trump has failed to recommend a nationwide lockdown to stop the spread of the virus.
Trump has also been slammed for calling the contagion the “Chinese virus,” and for attacking journalists and governors who question or criticize his response.
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Ben Carson says the President isn’t getting the credit for being courageous pic.twitter.com/RNYLCXG3cp— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) April 3, 2020
Twitter users pounced on the gripes of Carson, a retired neurosurgeon.
“Bullshit Ben Carson. Bullshit. Donald Trump isn’t courageous. He’s never ever been courageous,” tweeted former Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.), who ran an unsuccessful campaign to unseat Trump as the GOP 2020 nominee.
“He doesn’t know courage. He doesn’t understand courage,” Walsh continued. “He’s never tasted courage. He’s incapable of courage. He doesn’t even know how to spell the word courage.”
Bullshit Ben Carson. Bullshit. Donald Trump isn’t courageous. He’s never ever been courageous. He doesn’t know courage. He doesn’t understand courage. He’s never tasted courage. He’s incapable of courage. He doesn’t even know how to spell the word courage.— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) April 3, 2020
It’s. A. Cult. https://t.co/kCItJnl5hH
The United States has:— Richard W. (@IceManNYR) April 3, 2020
242,000 cases of coronavirus.
The virus in all 50 states.
Trump sycophants are still using the "travel ban" talking point.
Disaster in motion: 3.4 million travelers poured into US as coronavirus pandemic eruptedhttps://t.co/aV2aEu33hy https://t.co/Y8TP4aSd7z
The courage to deny, delay, deflect, and dither that we were facing a pandemic as we hit over 244k cases nationally & over 5900 deaths. He won't get one word of credit from me. People are dying at this level because of Trump. https://t.co/zeKP9JN8d5— HawaiiDelilah™ (@HawaiiDelilah) April 3, 2020
I think he must have meant "contagious." https://t.co/fQ8l1jznPj— Bill Child (@djmisterbill) April 3, 2020
You are so right Ben Carson. Donald Trump will never get credit for being courageous, and Sean Hannity will never get credit for being smart. https://t.co/QK6WpXqy7v— John Ducey (@JohnnyDucey) April 3, 2020
Yo Ben, the president isn't getting credit for "being courageous" because he isn't courageous.— James Marchand (@MarchandMusic) April 3, 2020
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