WASHINGTON (AP) — Playing defense on his handling of the coronavirus, President Donald Trump is letting the falsehoods fly.
Over the weekend, he railed against cases of voting fraud that didn’t exist, asserted that COVID-19 was “rounding a corner” despite what his top health advisers say and blasted Joe Biden for supposed positions on energy and health care that his Democratic rival doesn’t hold.
As the rhetoric flew during the past week, both Trump and Biden exaggerated accomplishments — Trump about himself and Biden about his son, Beau — as well as their own influence in reviving the auto industry.
A recent sampling:
TRUMP: “We are rounding the corner.” — remarks Sunday at a Latino roundtable event in Las Vegas.
TRUMP: The coronavirus “is rounding the turn, rounding the corner.” — remarks Saturday to reporters in Reno, Nevada.
THE FACTS: To be clear, that’s not what his top health