During a White House roundtable meeting called “Fighting for America’s Seniors” on Monday afternoon, Vice President Mike Pence blatantly lied to reporters in the room about the state of new COVID-19 infections in Oklahoma, where President Trump is scheduled to hold a large campaign rally on Saturday.
“In a very real sense, they’ve flattened the curve,” Pence claimed of the trajectory of new infections in the state.
“And today their hospital capacity is abundant, the number of cases in Oklahoma has declined precipitously and we feel very confident going forward with the rally this coming weekend,” he added.
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— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) June 15, 2020
According to a fact-check by The Daily Beast, Oklahoma “reported 225 new cases of COVID-19 this past Saturday, its highest one-day total since the pandemic began. On Sunday, Tulsa County reported 89 new cases, the largest single-day increase since the state had its first case on March 6th.”
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) June 15, 2020