Mitch McConnell was NOT talking about Trump when he said impeachment distracted the govt from coronavirus threat

I saw this story earlier today, where McConnell was on Hugh Hewitt’s show and briefly mentioned how impeachment distracted the government from the coronavirus threat in January. I didn’t think much of it. But then I watched reporters ask Trump about it and I see articles being written about it and people responding to the articles as if McConnell was making excuses for Trump or something. He wasn’t!

McConnell was simply asked by Hugh Hewitt if Tom Cotton was the first one to recognize the coronavirus threat and here’s what he said:

He was first, and I think Tom was right on the mark. And it came up while we were tied down on the impeachment trial. And I think it diverted the attention of the government, because everything every day was all about impeachment. But Tom figured this out early, and he was absolutely right.

That’s literally all he said. McConnell was talking about the Senate, he was talking about Tom Cotton. Trump never even came up in that part of the conversation.

But here’s how The Hill reported it:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday blamed the Democrats’ push to impeach President Trump in January for distracting the Trump administration from the threat posed by the coronavirus.

“It came up while we were tied down in the impeachment trial. And I think it diverted the attention of the government because everything every day was all about impeachment,” McConnell said in an interview on “The Hugh Hewitt Show.”

Trump has come under sharp criticism for the nation’s slow response to the spreading pandemic, especially for the shortage of coronavirus testing kits when the virus first spread to the United States.

McConnell never mentioned the Trump administration at all. He only said ‘government’, and the last time I checked the Senate is part of the government and they were very much embroiled in the impeachment hoax.

That’s led to idiots blathering about it like this:

The list goes on, but this is just an example of how the media can easily twist something someone said into something they never really said at all.

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