President Donald Trump turned Monday’s White House task force briefing into an opportunity to lash out at critics and the press with a bizarre video that amounted to a campaign ad, before later declaring his authority is “total.”
Trump kicked off Monday’s press briefing with an off the rails presser with a video attacking media coverage of the pandemic.
Part of that video, Media Matters reports, was directly lifted from the March 26 episode of Fox News’ “Hannity.”
Media Matters shared a clip comparing the video Trump played during today’s briefing (top) and a portion of the video montage that aired on Fox News on March 26.
The video Trump aired during the coronavirus task force briefing is directly from the March 26 episode of Hannity pic.twitter.com/m3mvZFu0CT
— Media Matters (@mmfa) April 13, 2020
The White House video began with a white screen saying “the media minimized the risk from the start.”
The video ended with a mash-up of news clips of different governors giving kind remarks about the president’s response to the pandemic.
Both CNN and MSNBC cut away during the multi-minute campaign ad.