MSNBC Anchor Suggests Coronavirus Hurting Trump Could Be a Silver Lining of the Pandemic


MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace suggested Thursday that the “silver lining” of the coronavirus pandemic is that it will also damage President Donald Trump.

The host of MSNBC’s “Deadline: The White House” seemed to suggest that after the many failed attempts of removing Trump from the White House, his alleged “sins” will finally “catch up with him” because of his handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

“There is something both tragic, and pathetic, and ironic about the fact that it took a color-blind, gender-blind, state-line-blind virus to sort of have all of the president’s sins from his first three years catch up with him,” she said on the MSNBC show.

“You can’t stand there and lie. You can’t contradict your scientists because they’re the ones that stand at 66 and 68 percent public trust, not you.”

She added that both Trump and Vice President Mike Pence had low public trust ratings.

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“I mean, he needs those people whether he likes what they say or not and I wonder what you think about whether or not there’s some silver lining there, that some of the things that we’ve been talking about for three years may be finally catching up with him?” Wallace said.

The MSNBC host had posed the question to Ron Klain, the former Ebola czar under President Barack Obama, who touted Obama’s honesty during the Ebola outbreak, according to a Media Research Center transcript of the interview.

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“I think the reality is that a leader in this situation has to tell the American people the truth,” Klain said.

“When President Trump stands up yesterday and says there will not be a second wave, he’s denying the inevitable. If you look at the history of epidemics, there’s always a second and third wave. The idea that there’s a smooth curve up and a smooth curve down is wrong.”

Many people were shocked by Wallace’s silver lining narrative, especially considering how many people have died from the virus.

“People are dying and all she can think about it hurting the president,” Connie H. tweeted.

“We had a nuclear strike in the US but at least it was bad for Trumps presidency.”

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Another Twitter user said that people need to work together during a crisis and “drop their petty differences.”

As of Friday morning, there were 880,112 cases of coronavirus in the United States and 50,114 fatalities, according to data from Johns Hopkins.

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Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. A University of Oregon graduate, Erin has conducted research in data journalism and contributed to various publications as a writer and editor.
Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. She grew up in San Diego, California, proceeding to attend the University of Oregon and graduate with honors holding a degree in journalism. During her time in Oregon, Erin was an associate editor for Ethos Magazine and a freelance writer for Eugene Magazine. She has conducted research in data journalism, which has been published in the book “Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future.” Erin is an avid runner with a heart for encouraging young girls and has served as a coach for the organization Girls on the Run. As a writer and editor, Erin strives to promote social dialogue and tell the story of those around her.
Tucson, Arizona
Graduated with Honors
Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, University of Oregon
Books Written
Contributor for Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future
Prescott, Arizona
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Politics, Health, Entertainment, Faith