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Mike Pence Called Out For Spreading Misinformation As COVID-19 Surges In Red States

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Vice President Mike Pence has been making false claims about COVID-19 and he’s getting brutally fact-checked for spreading misleading information about the state of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.

On Wednesday, CNN host Alisyn Camerota started off by drawing attention to an editorial that Pence wrote for the Wall Street Journal in which he downplayed fears about the surging numbers of cases in states such as Alabama, Florida, Texas, Arizona, and Oklahoma.

“Vice President Mike Pence, the head of the coronavirus task force, published an op-ed Tuesday that doctors say is riddled with misinformation,” Camerota explained. “Here are the facts: This morning, 21 states are reporting an increase in new cases. Ten of those — ten states are seeing a spike of 50 percent or more. Florida, Texas, and Arizona are setting records for most cases in a single day. Arizona and Texas also reporting a spike in hospitalizations, meaning more people are getting seriously sick.”

CNN reporter Rosa Flores then called out Pence for touting Oklahoma, where President Donald Trump is scheduled to hold his first campaign rally in months, as a major success story.

“The truth is, Oklahoma has seen newly reported cases increase since late May,” she explained, and then cited an unnamed Centers for Disease Control and Prevention official who accused Pence of “cherry-picking” positive data.

Watch the video below.