MSNBC Host Promotes Conspiracy Theory, Says Trump Boosted Death Projections to "Take a Victory Lap"

Far-left conspiracy theorist and MSNBC show host Chris Hayes is now claiming that the Trump administration purposely inflated the estimated death toll from COVID-19 in America so that the President could "take a victory lap" when the actual number was less.

Earlier this week, the White House lowered the expected COVID-19 death toll to 60,000 from their original estimates of 100,000 to 200,000.


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Hayes, being the conspiracy theorist he is, decided to go on Twitter and start a new conspiracy theory.

“The most cynical interpretation of all this, one I can’t quite bring myself to accept, is they rolled out the model showing 100k deaths after they knew it would be less than that so they could anchor everyone to that # and take a vicotry lap when ‘only’ tens of thousands died,” Hayes wrote.

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Check out what the Daily Wire reported:

For that theory to have any sway, it would have to explain why on earth President Trump and his team would put out an inflated number, scare the living daylights out of people, and grind the economy to an utter standstill just so he can take a “victory lap” on top of a pile of economic destruction. It would also have to account for the dozens of experts who pushed those numbers long before the Trump administration instituted the social distancing guidelines.

Hayes, who has not deleted the tweet, took a brutal scolding for his suggestion, with many predicting that this may become the new media talking point if President Trump and his team bring this crisis to an end.

“You lack a soul, a conscience, and any semblance of integrity,” said Jason Rantz from KTTH.

“The central model was from IHME,” said another user. “A University of Washington research center. Imperial college model originally predicted up to 2.2 million deaths. That’s a lot of people in on the conspiracy.”

“If you watched the press briefings you would know that they said repeatedly their goal was to be significantly lower than those numbers. Dr. Fauci only said it a half a dozen times,” added another.

Hayes tried covering his tracks by saying that he didn't necessarily believe his theory but just found it “unnerving.”

“I said I can’t bring myself to accept it! But he’s been very very weird about ‘coming in under the model’ in this unnerving, disassociated way,” Hayes said.

As reported by The Daily Wire, "the White House updated its coronavirus projection models on Wednesday, lowering the death count and hospitalizations by steady margins: from 93,531 deaths to 81,766 deaths to 60,415 deaths."

“Moreover, the projected total hospital bed shortage decreased from 34,654 to 15,852 (a revised number from April 5), and the so-called ‘peak’ of hospital usage was pushed up from April 15 to April 11,” the outlet reported. “The peak daily death toll was also moved up to April 12, from the revised April 16 date.”

Dr Fauci seems to be pretty optimistic that the American economy will be open for business very soon.

“You know, it is unpredictable, but you can get a feel for it if we start talking about the things where the curve goes down,” Fauci said on Thursday. “How we respond and what kind of a rebound we see or don’t see, I think is going to have a lot of influence probably more immediately on things like summer camps than it does in the fall.”

“I fully expect – though, I’m humble enough to know that I can’t accurately predict – that by the time we get to the fall that we will have this under control, enough that it certainly will not be the way it is now where people are shutting schools,” he added.

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