Terry McAuliffe, the previous Virginia governor (2014-18) who’s in a dogfight with Republican Glenn Youngkin to turn into the state’s subsequent governor, has been taking part in quick and unfastened with COVID case numbers and hospitalization figures, together with pediatric numbers which are utterly false.
And it’s not simply Republicans who’ve an actual downside with the figures McAuliffe has been floating throughout marketing campaign stops. The Washington Post famous how McAuliffe acknowledged on October 7 that there have been 1,142 kids in Virginia ICU models with COVID. The actual quantity, in response to the Post, was 35.
It could be one factor to say that quantity as soon as, acknowledge you misspoke, after which right your mistake. It’s one other to maintain repeating the declare. The paper says the Democratic nominee has repeated the pediatric ICU quantity twice during the last two weeks. As of October 22, Virginia has had 952 kids hospitalized with COVID since March 2020.
Here’s McAuliffe throwing out his 1,142 determine at a candidate discussion board in early October.
Here are the pediatric COVID instances straight from the Virginia Department of Health:
“In speaking about the threat of the coronavirus to the state, McAuliffe frequently touts numbers — often wrong numbers about the impact on children,” The Post says. “When we first queried the McAuliffe campaign about his figures, we were told it was a slip of the tongue. Okay, we understand that, and so we passed on a fact check. But then his tongue kept slipping.”
OK, so the October 7 incident was a potential slip of the tongue. Then what occurred on October 21? The Post experiences the previous governor used the road, “We’ve just 1,142 children in serious, in hospitals, in ICU beds” throughout a marketing campaign occasion.
And on Oct. 13, McAuliffe was quoted as saying “Today, 1,100 children are in hospitals here in Virginia.”
And on Oct. 23 throughout a cease with Obama, McAuliffe as soon as once more went to his speaking level. “Here in Virginia, you should understand, 1,142 of our children have been in hospitals because they got covid,” he mentioned.
As famous above, 952 kids have been hospitalized with COVID since March 2020. Why is McAuliffe centered on that quantity and bringing it up time after time? Why do you assume? Because it’s dramatic, not true, and paints a bleak image for suburban mothers who assume their kids would be the subsequent ones to enter the ICU if Uncle Terry isn’t voted into workplace.