You don't have to touch things.
Trump's insistence in March that he wanted to "play down" the coronavirus threat despite knowing its deadliness "upped his own criminal ante to second-degree murder", Kirschner said, breaking down the pieces of the alleged charge step by step.
Some of those audio recordings were recently aired on Trevor Noah's show, during a scathing assessment of Trump's criminal mishandling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
There's probably some truth to that, but then there are also massive financial incentives to withhold your book's most damning information until shortly before its release date.
"Go ahead", Trump reportedly told Woodward when anxious White House staffers tried to cut the interview short.
While Trump has maintained he did not lie to the American people, Kirschner disagrees.
"That was the demarcation line for me", Woodward remarked.
Scott Gottlieb, former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, spoke Friday with CNBC and was asked to comment on those who feel that lockdowns put in place to slow the spread of COVID-19 were "too stringent".
"I don't want to jump up and down and scream 'death, ' because that's not what it's about", Trump said.
On February 7, Trump described the novel coronavirus as being five times "more deadly than even your strenuous flus", directly contradicting his many assurances to the public that the virus would disappear.
Spreading fear and panic over exaggerated or invented threats has been a hallmark of Trump's presidency.
We now know that Trump's blithe dismissal of the real dangers of COVID-19 and his efforts to downplay the advice of scientific experts about how to respond - issues that we first began reporting on in April - were, in fact, a calculated decision to misinform the American public. When the subject turned the leak of Trump's interviews with Bob Woodward, Bolton said that this could be the point where the campaign ends. Trump has claimed, without evidence, that absentee ballots were "rigged" against him, and said he may not accept the election results if he loses.
On July 21, during Trump's final interview with Woodward, he vented that "the virus has nothing to do with me".
Woodward said his aim was to provide a fuller context than could occur in a news story: "I knew I could tell the second draft of history, and I knew I could tell it before the election". "Because if [Trump] did know and he did it anyway, you simply can't reconcile that with the qualities and the character you need in a president of the United States".
This raises the question whether Woodward and the corporate media is holding the powerful accountable, or seeking ratings and profits at any cost.