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PBS reporter Yamiche Alcindor’s hostile approach to President Donald Trump met reality when one of her claims fell flat during a White House press briefing. Alcindor accused Trump of holding political rallies in March during the beginning phases of the coronavirus outbreak and insinuated he disregarded public safety by doing so.

She asked Trump, “You held rallies in February and March…?”

“I don’t know about rallies, I really don’t know about rallies,” Trump said. “I know one thing. I never left the White House in months except for a brief moment to give a wonderful ship, the Comfort.”

Trump’s last political rally was held March 2 in Charlotte, North Carolina, according to the New York Times. Alcindor omitted the fact that Democratic Party presidential candidate Joe Biden’s last rally was held a week later than Trump’s rally on March 9 in Detroit with Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.).

Alcindor tried to blame Trump for disregarding public safety by holding a political rally, with hundreds of people in attendance, while the coronavirus was spreading in the United States. But it was hypocritical for her to not blame Biden for doing the same.

It is not the first time Alcindor has attempted to provoke the president at a press briefing. Alcindor criticized Trump in late March over his comments to Fox News host Sean Hannity on the issue of ventilators being distributed to states.

Trump also told Alcindor in November 2018 that she was asking a “racist question” after she accused him of “emboldening white nationalism.”

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