WATCH: Pelosi “The fact is, the president himself is a hoax”

Appearing on MSNBC, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi responded to a recent Trump tweet.

Trump wrote:

The Russia Bounty story is just another made up by Fake News tale that is told only to damage me and the Republican Party. The secret source probably does not even exist, just like the story itself. If the discredited @nytimes has a source, reveal it. Just another HOAX!

Pelosi told MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle  “He’ll say this is a hoax, and it’s a hoax that [Russia is] 24/7 trying to disrupt our elections like they did in 2016. He says that coronavirus is a hoax. The fact is, the president himself is a hoax.”

One of Pelosi’s talking points, the idea that Trump said “coronavirus is a hoax” is contested and has been declared false by at least one fact checking organization.

According to check your fact:

Politico published an article claiming President Donald Trump called the novel coronavirus a “hoax” at his Feb. 28 campaign rally in South Carolina.

“Trump rallies his base to treat coronavirus as a ‘hoax,’” reads the headline.

Verdict: False

Trump referred to the alleged “politicizing” of the coronavirus by Democrats as “their new hoax.” He did not refer to the coronavirus itself as a hoax. Throughout the speech, Trump reiterates his administration is taking the threat of the coronavirus seriously.

Meanwhile, in a piece titled “Did President Trump Refer to the Coronavirus as a ‘Hoax’?” Snopes’s verdict was “a mixture.”

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