The Associated Press / President Donald Trump speaks during a press briefing with the coronavirus task force at the White House last week.

He must have said it

Apparently, the lie that President Trump called the coronavirus a hoax is being machined by the leftist national media to rank up there with the oft-repeated untruth that he praised racists during a 2017 Charlotte rally in which one person died.

CNN hosts Ana Cabrera and Boris Sanchez both recently served up the obfuscation. Cabrera, in talking with former Trump aide Anthony Scaramucci, wondered whether there's anyone "who privately would tell the president, you can't call this a hoax, it's no joke, and you are going to put everyone at risk if you don't take this seriously." On another occasion, she referred to his "original claims of a hoax."

Sanchez told former Obama official Samantha Vinograd that the president has "suggested that this coronavirus epidemic — pandemic — is a hoax perpetrated by Democrats." He later said, "Case in point. Two weeks ago, Trump called the response about the gravity of the virus a hoax. It's not."

MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell joined the parade of shame recently when he said the president "now falsely claims he always knew it would be a pandemic even when he said it was a hoax."

Fact-checker upon fact-checker, including the far left Washington Post, have absolved Trump on the hoax claim (though his administration did initially downplay it), but the networks remain stricken with Trump Derangement Syndrome.


Think of Grandma

Baltimore Mayor Jack Young pulled out the coronavirus card last week in an effort to get people in his city to stop shooting each other.

The Maryland mayor suggested residents quit their gun play "because it could be your mother, your grandmother or one of your relatives" who have coronavirus and need a hospital bed that might be occupied by a gun thug.

Young made his point after a recent uptick in crime, including a mass shooting that left seven people hospitalized.

"We cannot clog up our hospitals and their beds with people that are being shot senselessly because we're going to need those beds for people infected with the coronavirus," he said. "... So take that into consideration."

When Young made his statement, the city had had only five cases of coronavirus, but those numbers were bound to climb.

"I want to reiterate how completely unacceptable the level of violence is that we have seen recently," he said. "We will not stand for mass shootings and an increase in crime. For those of you who want to continue to shoot and kill people of this city ... we're going to come after you and we're going to get you."

If it works, maybe he could share the strategy with the mayors of Chicago and other violent cities.


Evidently not his jam

Don't look now, but Hunter Biden is in the news again. A hip hop record label founded in 2018 by the younger son of likely Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has folded after defaulting on its mortgage payments.

The younger Biden has not made his father's job easy but perhaps has won some sympathy for the gaffe-plagued former vice president with his own myriad problems. Just in the recent past, he has dealt with drug dependency, snagged a lucrative ($50,000 a month) job on the board of a controversial Ukrainian oil company, forged an additional questionable deal with China (from which he reaped $700,000 while his father was in office), had a relationship with the widow of his dead older brother, fathered a child with an Arkansas stripper and for a time refused to acknowledge that paternity.

The record label was founded under the company name Biden Enterprises with a California man named Michael Elisaldez, according to the Washington Free Beacon. Last year, the company purchased property in Nevada for $365,000 to use as a recording studio, but it never blossomed. The property went into foreclosure in February.

Nevertheless, while the company advertised itself as representing rising hip hop and country music stars, it couldn't even pay its garbage service. According to records, the company still owes a significant sum to Republic Silver State Disposal.


New low of hate

Haters of President Donald Trump always seem to find new lows. Last week, one of those moments came when the White House announced first lady Melania Trump would be joining members of a coronavirus task force to produce public service announcements on the pandemic.

The PSAs are to remind Americans the best ways to avoid contracting the virus. But NeverTrumper Rick Wilson, a frequent president basher on CNN and MSNBC, felt he needed to belittle the president by belittling the first lady.

Mocking the first lady's Be Best campaign, he seemed to wish the virus on the president's wife by tweeting the news of the PSAs with a #BeInfected hashtag.

U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Arizona, undoubtedly spoke for many when he tweeted, "Delete this, Americans are dying."