Dem candidate McAuliffe given “Four Pinocchios” by Wapo Fact Checker for “wildly” false claims

Democrat Virginia Governor candidate Terry McAuliffe has been given “Four Pinocchios” by the Washington Post fact check for “wildly” false COVID claims.

Per the NY Post:

McAuliffe inaccurately claimed this month that 1,142 children were in hospital ICUs in Virginia and that the state was reporting as many as 8,000 daily infections.

He made the claims as he bashed Youngkin, arguing his opposition to vaccine mandates is irresponsible given high rates of infection and hospitalization.

“Just this week, 8,000 cases on Monday in Virginia. We in Virginia today, 1,142 children are in ICU beds,” McAuliffe claimed Oct. 7.

“We just had 4,000 cases yesterday here in the Commonwealth of Virginia. … We’ve just 1,142 children in serious, in hospitals, in ICU beds,” McAuliffe said. Oct. 21.

The reality was wildly different. The report explained:

In fact, there were 35 children in Virginia hospitals — and not necessarily in an intensive care unit— in the week ending Oct. 2, just before McAulliffe first uttered the claim, and 334 people of all ages in Virginia ICUs on Oct. 21, when he said it again.

The daily infection rates in Virginia also were inflated — and only neared 8,000 when counting two-day weekend totals on Sept. 27 and Oct. 4, according to the fact-check.

McAulliffe made similarly off-base statistical claims on at least two other occasions.

Glen Kessler, Wapo’s fact checker wrote “the pandemic will continue to be a serious policy challenge for the next Virginia governor but there’s no reason for McAuliffe to hype the numbers.”