Donald Trump retweets former game show presenter Chuck Woolery who criticizes CDC for coronavirus response
Donald Trump has been derided for retweeting comments from a former game show host complaining about coronavirus recommendations made by experts.
The president, who is reportedly mostly frustrated by Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the infectious disease center, emphasized Chuck Woolery’s comments on Monday.
“The most outrageous lies are those about Covid 19,” Woolery tweeted to his 686,000 followers.
Everyone is lying. The CDC, media, Democrats, our doctors, not all of them, but most, who should trust us.
“I think it’s all about the elections and making sure the economy doesn’t come back, and that’s about the elections.
‘I’m done with it.’
Chuck Woolery, pictured in 2015, found his criticism of scientists retweeted by the President
Woolery, the 79-year-old original host of Wheel of Fortune, weighed in on the scientific debate
His comments were ‘liked’ 87,000 times and retweeted to Trump’s 83.4 million followers.
Woolery, 79, was the original host of Wheel of Fortune and hosted the show from 1975 to 1981.
He hosted a series of dating shows and his career culminated in 2007 with Game Show Network’s Lingo.
In response to the uproar, Woolery attempted to clarify his opinion and added that his son had tested positive for COVID-19.
He said he simply wanted to emphasize the need to “have the best information to make the best decisions.”
Woolery expanded his opinion on COVID and science on Monday afternoon
Woolery said he simply pointed out the need for accurate data before making decisions
Still, Trump’s critics were shocked by the president’s side with a host of an ’80s game show about experts like Fauci.
“The idea that our president is getting advice from someone like Chuck Woolery, or promoting words like this from the man whose greatest fame is the host of the Love Connection or a name in a Beastie Boys song is just utter madness,” said epidemiologist Anne Rimoin in an interview with MSNBC.
Woolery’s career as a host of a game show started in the 1970s and ended in 2007
In 2002 Woolery organized a competition to find out who had the ‘most beautiful armpits’
Ben Sommers, a physician who teaches at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, said the retweet was harmful.
“If the President misreads the guidance and endorses the opinion that these public health experts are lying, it makes the public incredibly difficult to know what to do,” he said. The Washington Post.
“It affects our government’s long-term ability to provide one of its basic goals, which is to protect public security.”
Beto O’Rourke, a former Texas congressman and Democrat presidential candidate, was desperate for the tweet.
“This virus has gotten out of hand, with no leadership from our governor, no leadership from the president, who, as you said, tweeted health advice from Chuck Woolery instead of Dr. Fauci, ”he said.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany asked about the retweet, defended the president’s criticism of Fauci and amplified the president’s attacks on government health experts.
She accused “some rogue individuals” at the CDC of misleading the public and defended Trump’s retweet from Woolery by saying that he was calling scientists because they were involved in politics.
“Overall, the idea of the tweet was to point out that we should use science in a way that isn’t political,” she said.
But the retweet was ridiculed on social media by Trump’s critics.
Ted Lieu, a Democratic congressman for California, reacted angrily to Trump’s retweet
Congressman for California, Ted Lieu, defended the scientists and accused the president of deciding to “stab you in the back during a pandemic.”
He later tweeted, “ Dear @chuckwoolery, ” with a link to a hospital pastor’s LA Times account.
Bryan Behar, an Emmy-nominated writer, tweeted, “Now we have TWO washed up game show hosts giving medical advice to the country.”
Grant Stern, an activist at Occupy Democrats, simply said to his 100,000 followers, “Trump appreciates Chuck Woolery’s opinion of Dr. Fauci. ”
Emmy-nominated writer Bryan Behar mocked the president with the retweet
Democratic activist Grant Stern told his 100,000 followers that the retweet was a depressing sign