How does he get away with it? Trump claims he shut down our borders to stop the Coronavirus when they're still open

How does he get away with it? Trump claims he shut down our borders to stop the Coronavirus when they're still open
Airport, air travel, border

Five days ago, Donald Trump told reporters that he was "thinking about" possibly closing the country's borders to guard against the spread of COVID-19. "We have ports of entry that we are keeping open," he said. "And we're not talking about it, we're thinking about all borders."

The regime has expanded its ban on travelers from Iran, and on Friday, it barred non-citizens entering the country from China. According to The Washington Post, they're also "requiring screening and self-monitoring of symptoms for Americans who recently visited other parts of China. All flights from China as of Sunday evening are being funneled to 11 airports: in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, Atlanta, Honolulu, Newark, Detroit, Dallas and just outside the District."

What they have certainly not done is close America's borders. They also did not move quickly with any of these measures, as Trump spent days insisting that the Coronavirus was a minor matter, similar to the seasonal flu, and that Democrats were just hyping it to hurt his re-election chances.

And yet...

Trump's ability to tell a constant stream of readily demonstrable lies give him a formidable advantage in dealing with the press. If any politician told a single whopper that was this egregious--claiming he'd shut down the borders when reporters can just go to a border crossing and see that it's open--he or she would be pilloried for it. But after a while--after 16,241 "false or misleading claims" in his first three years in office, which averages to about 15 per day--any single lie barely moves the needle, even when it's about something as important as the federal government's response to a pandemic.

At some point, the President of the United States claiming credit for things that never happened just became a dog-bites-man story.

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