White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany took to Fox News on Wednesday to claim that President Donald Trump was using a “medical term” when he incorrectly claimed that the COVID-19 pandemic would “go away” because of “herd mentality.”
Trump made the remarks at an ABC News town hall event on Tuesday.
“Over a period of time, sure, with time, it goes away,” Trump said, “and you’ll develop, you’ll develop like a herd mentality — it’s going to be herd-developed, and that’s going to happen. That will all happen.”
TRUMP: It is going away
STEPHANOPOULOS: Without a vaccine?
TRUMP: Sure. Over a period of time
S: And many deaths
TRUMP: It's gonna be herd developed pic.twitter.com/dtJRE7XwFX
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 16, 2020
In a Wednesday interview on Fox News, host Sandra Smith informed McEnany that medical experts have not predicted that “herd mentality” will defeat the virus after playing a clip of the president’s bizarre remarks.
McEnany refused to address the president’s actual words or Smith’s question, instead suggesting that Trump had “very clearly” said “herd immunity.”
“Well, the term herd immunity is a medical term, which means that when you have a certain percentage of the population have antibodies, you have herd immunity,” the press secretary insisted. “And it can be done via a vaccine or via prior illness, you develop the antibodies.”
“It’s a medical term,” she continued. “And what the president said very clearly there with that is that a vaccine gets you there quickest.”