Trump Spreads Wild Conspiracy Theory: Gov. Andrew Cuomo Created ‘Death Panels’

During a Fox News virtual town hall, President Donald Trump spread a crazy conspiracy theory circulated by the right wing Gateway Pundit that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo created “death panels” in response to the deadly coronavirus:

This says, “New York Governor Cuomo rejected buying recommended 16,000 ventilators in 2015 … for a pandemic… established death panels and lotteries instead.”

So, he had a chance to buy in 2015, 16,000 ventilators at a very low price and he turned it down. I’m not blaming him or anything else, but he shouldn’t be talking about us.

According to the media watchdog group NewsGuard, the Gateway Pundit (a blog run by Jim Hoft) “regularly publishes hoaxes and widely shared conspiracy theories.”

This Gateway Pundit story, written by serial misinformer Kristinn Taylor, made the false “death panels” claim based on an article written by anti-health care crusader and serial misinformer Betsy McCaughey on

Both Taylor and McCaughey attack Cuomo for not buying more ventilators in 2015. The “false death” panels claim that “triage officers” would determine which patients needed ventilators the most is an all-too-common choice that underfunded hospitals and ERs have to make every day.

(Sources: Fox News via Twitter,, Media Matters, Gateway Pudit, Media Matters, Wonkette, NewsGuard, Media Matters)

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