'Morning Joe': Trump Acts Like 'Whole Pandemic Is Not Taking Place'

The MSNBC morning show hosts were not impressed by Tuesday night’s big rally

The “Morning Joe” hosts on MSNBC were clearly not impressed Wednesday morning while discussing President Donald Trump’s Tuesday night rally in Pennsylvania, his second this week since returning to the campaign trail after his COVID-19 hospitalization.

“The president holds another packed campaign rally despite the fact that we could be in the midst of a second wave of COVID,” co-host Mika Brzezinski said. “We are in the midst of a global pandemic.”

“Yep,” Willie Geist agreed. “Another night, another big, crowded, maskless rally as if this whole pandemic is not taking place.”

Geist went on to point out that states in the Midwest like Indiana, Minnesota and North Dakota have been setting records with their new COVID-19 cases and that the spread of the virus is continuing to ramp up there.

The show rolled footage of the president at the rally in Jonestown, Pennsylvania, to make the point. There were few masks to be seen, in spite of the fact Trump himself tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this month and has not released documentation about whether he still carries the virus and is contagious.

For his part, even Trump agreed with one aspect of the “Morning Joe” crew’s assessment: He heralded its size.

“Great night in Pennsylvania. Big and Enthusiastic Crowd. Will be back soon. VOTE!!!,” Trump tweeted late Tuesday night.

Watch above, via MSNBC.

12 Trump Tweets About the Coronavirus That Are Super Awkward Right Now (Photos)

  • President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump tested positive for the coronavirus on Thursday, which makes looking back on some of his tweets over the past 10 months pretty… ironic. 

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  • On Jan. 24, the president was sure “it will all work out well.” He even personally thanked China’s President Xi.

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  • On March 18, he assured us that he “always treated the Chinese Virus very seriously.”

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  • On May 24, he said mail-in ballots would create a “rigged election… Trying to use Covid for this Scam!”

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  • On May 25, he claimied “great reviews” on his handling of COVID-19, “sometimes referred to as the China Virus.”

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  • Here’s a gem from May 28: “All over the World the CoronaVirus, a very bad ‘gift’ from China, marches on. Not good!”

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  • On June 15, he complained that the “Far Left Fake News Media” is trying to “Covid Shame us on our big Rallies.” This topic came up again few months later, at the first presidential debate, when Trump bragged that there has been “no negative effect” from his 35,000-40,000 person, largely-maskless, mid-pandemic outdoor rallies.

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  • Months before the U.S. deaths surpassed 200,000, Trump tweeted on June 25, “Coronavirus deaths are way down. Mortality rate is one of the lowest in the World.”

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  • On July 5, Trump was still blaming the rise in COVID-19 cases to “massive testing” and that death numbers are down “low and steady,” whatever that means.

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  • On July 6, Trump lamented that the “Lamestream Fake News Media REFUSE to say that China Virus deaths are down 39%.” In September, the country reached 200,000 deaths from the coronavirus. 

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  • Eight days after wearing a mask in public for the first time, he declared that “many people say that it is very Patriotic” to wear a mask on July 20.

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  • This one is particularly ironic. On Sept. 3, Trump criticized “Sleepy Joe Hiden'” for sitting back “in his basement and criticizes every move we make on the China Virus. DOING GREAT JOB!” 

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  • On Sept. 18, Trump bragged that he had done “an incredible job” with the “China virus” than Biden did with the Swine flu pandemic in 2009.

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The President and first lady tested positive for the virus Friday

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump tested positive for the coronavirus on Thursday, which makes looking back on some of his tweets over the past 10 months pretty… ironic. 

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