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Pence Accuses Media Of Trying To Scare America, Argues Trump Admin Should Be Celebrated

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Rattling off Trump’s usual laundry list of what he claims to be the administration’s “great progress” with the virus, Pence claimed that the media “has tried to scare the American people every step of the way.”

“The truth is, whatever the media says, our whole-of-America approach has been a success,” the vice president wrote. “We’ve slowed the spread, we’ve cared for the most vulnerable, we’ve saved lives, and we’ve created a solid foundation for whatever challenges we may face in the future. That’s a cause for celebration, not the media’s fear mongering.”

Pence’s self-congratulatory remarks echo that of White House senior adviser and son-in-law to Trump Jared Kushner, who described his father-in-law’s handling of the pandemic as a “great success story” at the end of April.

However, there have been jumps in COVID-19 cases in several states in recent days as parts of the country begin rolling back stay at home measures, and the death toll has climbed past 116,000, according to John Hopkins University’s outbreak tracker.

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Cristina Cabrera is a newswriter at TPM based in New York. She previously worked for Vocativ, USA Today and New York 1 News. She received her B.A at NYU. You can reach her at cristina@talkingpointsmemo.com