Trump campaign press secretary Hogan Gidley attempted to defend President Donald Trump’s reckless face mask-removal stunt at the White House by pointing out that Democratic nominee Joe Biden did not wear a mask during his NBC town hall around the same time.
On Tuesday’s broadcast of “America’s Newsroom,” Smith called out Gidley for his false equivalence by pointing out the “one big difference” between Trump and Biden.
“The president is currently shedding the virus,” Smith noted. “He’s still in the middle of the 10-day virus phase.”
Check out the exchange from the 6-minute mark here:
WATCH: @JHoganGidley discusses whether President Trump would shift his coronavirus messaging, as the president plans to return to the campaign trail 'soon' amid his COVID-19 illness #nine2noon pic.twitter.com/5mSb7uOsl6
— America's Newsroom (@AmericaNewsroom) October 6, 2020
Trump sparked widespread anger Monday when he took off his mask for the cameras on the White House balcony soon after returning from the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where he’d been hospitalized for three days for coronavirus treatment.
Gidley earlier in the interview falsely claimed that Trump ― who has repeatedly mocked Biden and others for wearing a mask, and has mostly refused to wear one himself ― had “led on the issue” of wearing face masks “at every single turn.”
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