Fox Host Puts Kellyanne Conway In The Hot Seat Over Trump's COVID-19 Mistruths

Written by on August 6, 2020

White Home senior counselor Kellyanne Conway tried on Thursday to spin President Donald Trump’s false declare that youngsters are “practically immune” to the coronavirus — however met repeated pushback from Fox Information host Sandra Smith.

That declare earned Trump a long-overdue rebuke from Fb, which eliminated the put up in query from his profile. Twitter, too, penalized the president’s marketing campaign for posting a clip from his Wednesday morning “Fox & Buddies” interview wherein he claimed, “In case you take a look at youngsters, youngsters are virtually ― and I might virtually say positively ― virtually immune from this illness.”

“There’s a debate occurring whether or not or not Fb and Twitter must be arbiters of reality and determine what’s truth and fiction,” Smith started. She then pulled up figures from the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention.

Based on these figures, youngsters beneath the age of 18 account for 7.4% of confirmed COVID-19 circumstances within the U.S., a determine that’s been rising over the previous month, Smith advised Conway.

“So youngsters are getting this illness, Kellyanne,” she added.

Conway sidestepped, noting that 7.4% is a nationwide determine and stating that some states, counties and faculty districts have completely different numbers. She then pivoted to discussing how some dad and mom need their youngsters again at college, however Smith redirected her again to the problem at hand ― Trump’s declare.

“The talk proper now’s over the unfold of misinformation by the president about youngsters being ‘practically immune,’” she interrupted. “Having under-18 youngsters on this nation get the illness 7.4% of the time shouldn’t be ‘practically immune.’”

“And also you need to dial all the way down to particular states and districts the place colleges are reopening,” Smith added. “I spoke to the governor of Mississippi final night time and he stated, ‘The youngsters are spreading it.’”

She confirmed a clip of Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves (R), who delayed the reopening of colleges and launched a masks mandate earlier this week. A faculty in Corinth, Mississippi, that reopened final week introduced Wednesday that over 100 college students have been despatched dwelling to quarantine after a number of examined constructive for the coronavirus.

“So is it useful for the president to inform dad and mom that youngsters are practically immune from this after which have it factually spreading baby to baby in locations like Mississippi the place they’ve opened the doorways to their colleges?” Smith requested.

Conway insisted Trump was referring to youngsters being much less vulnerable to dying from the virus, which may be very completely different from having immunity. After that, she pivoted to attacking Twitter and tech corporations for “election interference,” however once more, Smith pressed Conway to answer Trump’s misinformation.

Watch the interview under.

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