“Fox & Friends” host Steve Doocy claimed that President Donald Trump lied about COVID-19 for months because “he didn’t want people to freak out,” notes Media Matters:
Keep in mind, you know, I think, what we have learned — I mentioned at the top of the show tomorrow is September 11th. I think what we have learned over the last 19 years is that, you know, our leaders, whether they’re the military leaders or the intel leaders or the president, they get stuff crosses their desk every day.
Scary intel, some group is trying to do this, they’re trying to poison the water or anthrax or all that stuff — the president gets it in the form of his presidential daily briefing every day. And what does he do?
Well, he doesn’t, you know, blurt it out, “Hey, somebody is trying to blow up Akron” or something like that. Instead, as he said, you know, he didn’t want people to freak out, so he tried to keep people calm.
(Source: Media Matters)