The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) launched a new set of television and online advertisements featuring healthcare workers slamming Donald Trump for his March 29 statement, which implied nurses and other healthcare workers were stealing masks. This was just one of the almost relentless lies Trump has told in hope of deflecting his administration’s complete failure to stem our country’s current public health and economic crises.
At the time, Trump made this somewhat incoherent, and conspiratorial, statement: “For years 10 to 20,000 masks. Okay, it’s a New York hospital. It’s packed all the time. How do you go from 10 to 20 to 300,000 masks, 10 to 20,000 masks to 300,000, even though this is different. Something’s going on, and you ought to look into it as reporters. Where are the masks going? Are they going out the back door? How do you go from 10,000 to 300,000, and we have that in a lot of different places. So somebody should probably look into that, because I just don’t see from a practical standpoint how that’s possible to go from that to that, and we have that happening in numerous places.”