President Donald Trump outside the White House on Saturday.
President Donald Trump retweeted a tweet sent by the game-show host Chuck Woolery on Monday morning.
Woolery, a conservative who was the original host of “Wheel of Fortune,” accused the CDC and doctors of lying about the coronavirus.
Woolery did not specify what lies were being told but alleged it was “all about the election” — suggesting that the agency was emphasizing bad news to harm Trump’s campaign.
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President Donald Trump retweeted a tweet Monday morning that accused the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of lying about the novel coronavirus to hurt his reelection.
The original tweet was written by Chuck Woolery, a conservative who was the original host of “Wheel of Fortune.”
The tweet said: “The most outrageous lies are the ones about Covid 19. Everyone is lying. The CDC, Media, Democrats, our Doctors, not all but most, that we are told to trust.
“I think it’s all about the election and keeping the economy from coming back, which is about the election. I’m sick of it.”
The message did not make clear what lies it was accusing the CDC of perpetuating. Trump and those around him have expressed skepticism in the organization and other government experts before.
Business Insider reached out to the White House for comment about the retweet of Woolery’s message but did not immediately receive a response.
It was the latest in a series of tweets in recent weeks in which the president has alleged or implied that various organizations are working to ensure that he isn’t voted into a second term.
Back in May, as states pushed to enact mail-in voting in light of the coronavirus, Trump tweeted — without evidence and drawing a rare rebuke from Twitter — that such mail-in voting led to fraud and would spell “THE END OF OUR GREAT REPUBLICAN PARTY.”
Experts have recently hypothesized that Trump is laying the groundwork to question the 2020 election results if he doesn’t win.
It’s also part of a pattern of Trump undermining experts when it comes to the crisis.
Until Saturday, Trump refused to wear a face mask in public, and a recent report identified ways his administration had been trying to discredit Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious-disease expert.
Dr. Deborah Birx, the coordinator of the White House’s coronavirus task force, said in May that there’s “nothing from the CDC that I can trust,” according to sources who spoke with The Washington Post. She was apparently expressing frustration with the way the CDC collected infection data.
Earlier this month, it was reported that the White House repeatedly denied the CDC the right to hold its own public briefings on the coronavirus outbreak.
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