Pro-Democrat PAC to push ad spotlighting Donald Trump’s ‘slow the testing down’ admission
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White House officials say the statement was made in jest.

American Bridge, a media war room opposing President Donald Trump and Republicans, launched a new ad Sunday spotlighting Trump’s recent claim that he directed his administration to slow down COVID-19 testing to prevent an increase in cases.

“Tonight, Donald Trump said the quiet part out loud,” said American Bridge Spokesperson Kyle Morse. “He rolled the dice on our health with deadly consequences, and we will make sure voters know we cannot afford four more years of his disastrous policies and failed leadership.”

The ad centers on an eye-brow raising statement Trump made Saturday during a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It will play in swing states across the nation.

“You know testing is a double-edged sword,” Trump told attendees. “When you do testing to that extent you’re going to find more cases. So I said to my people, slow the testing down.”

The remark drew laughs from the sparse crowd.

Late Saturday, however, a White House official told CNN that the President was “obviously kidding.”

White House Trade Advisor Peter Navarro echoed the claim.

“Come on now, that was tongue in cheek,” Navarro told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union.” “That was a light moment for him at a rally.”

Joke or not, former Vice President and Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden seized on Trump’s blunder with a four-word Tweet.

“Speed up the testing,” he tweeted shortly afterwards.

American Bridge is a PAC that supports Democratic candidates and conducts opposition research on Republican candidates.

The PAC describes itself as “the largest research, video tracking, and rapid response organization in Democratic politics.”

The group claims to have helped fuel over 50 victories in contested races at all levels across the country in 2018.

Jason Delgado

Jason Delgado covers news out of the state capital for Florida Politics. After a stint with the U.S. Army, Jason attended the University of Central Florida where he studied American Policy and National Security. His past bylines include WMFE-NPR and POLITICO Florida. Throw him a line at [email protected] or on Twitter at @JasonDelgadoFL.


  • GD

    June 22, 2020 at 2:41 pm

    What kind of scumbag would want to kill many more people just to not look bad? Fact is he could have been a hero by going for mass testing of everyone coming in and sick, stockpiling PPE and instead sold all the PPE to China and refused to ramp up PPE for 7 wks with the virus over doubling every wk.
    So now of instead of being like New Zealand, Korea we are like Italy.
    And now because the incompetent idiot continues to screw up we’ll be even worse the next months as 95% still to be infected and well beyond the point of no return.
    His incompetence will cost 90% more deaths, 250k likely by November and a destroyed economy because he didn’t want to look bad!!

  • Sonja Fitch

    June 22, 2020 at 4:36 pm

    Grossed. The goptrump cult sociopath racist sexist liar trump does not give a damn !

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